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

In this world the one thing supremely worth having is the opportunity to do well and worthily a piece of work of vital consequence to the welfare of mankind.

Theodore Roosevelt
Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe. Theodore Roosevel
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
Conservation and rural-life policies are really two sides of the same policy; and down at the bottom this policy rests upon the fundamental law that neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily given for the future.
Theodore Roosevelt

Life brings sorrows and joys alike. It is what a man does with them - not what they do to him - that is the true test of his mettle.

Theodore Roosevelt
The worst lesson that can be taught to a man is to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings
Theodore Roosevelt

Ours is a government of liberty by, through, and under the law.A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy.

Theodore Roosevelt
But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.
Theodore Roosevelt

With self-discipline most anything is possible. Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.