Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.

-Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt

Among the wise and high-minded people who in self-respecting and genuine fashion strive earnestly for peace, there are the foolish fanatics always to be found in such a movement and always discrediting it the men who form the lunatic fringe in all reform movements.

Theodore Roosevelt
You can't choose your potential, but you can choose to fulfill it.
Theodore Roosevelt

Whatever it is, handle it so that your children's children will get the benefit of it.

Theodore Roosevelt
The wise and honorable and Christian thing to do is to treat each black man and each white man (or any person) on his merits as a man, giving him no more and no less than he is worthy to have.
Theodore Roosevelt

No other President ever enjoyed the Presidency as I did.

Theodore Roosevelt
I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism.
Theodore Roosevelt

When the time of danger comes, all Americans, whatever their social standing, whatever their creed, whatever the training they have received, no matter from what section of the country they have come, stand together as men, as Americans, and are content to face the same fate and do the same duties because fundamentally they all alike have the common purpose to serve the glorious flag of their common country.

Theodore Roosevelt
Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, lust tyranny and despotism.
Theodore Roosevelt

Don't foul, don't flinch-hit the line hard.

Theodore Roosevelt
No man is above the law, and no man is below it.