The true Christians are the true citizens, lofty of purpose, resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero's deeds, but never looking down on their task because it is cast in the day of small things; scornful of baseness, awake to their own duties as well as to their rights, following the higher law with reverence, and in this world doing all that in their power lies, so that when death comes they may feel that humanity is in some degree better because they lived.

-Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt

The truth is that any good modern rifle is good enough. The determining factor is the man behind the gun.

Theodore Roosevelt
No triumph of peace is quite so great as the supreme triumphs of war.
Theodore Roosevelt

Americanism is a question of spirit, of conviction and purpose, not creed or birthplaces. The test of our worth is the service we render.

Theodore Roosevelt
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
Theodore Roosevelt

Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.

Theodore Roosevelt
For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.
Theodore Roosevelt

The public must retain control of the great waterways. It is essential that any permit to obstruct them for reasons and on conditions that seem good at the moment should be subject to revision when changed conditions demand.

Theodore Roosevelt
The light has gone out of my life.
Theodore Roosevelt

The farmer is a poor creature who skins the land and leaves it worthless to his children. The farmer is a good farmer who, having enabled the land to support himself and to provide for the education of his children, leaves it to them a little better than he found it himself.

Theodore Roosevelt
Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution.