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

Men with the muckrake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.

Theodore Roosevelt
The bosses of the Democratic party and the bosses of the Republican party alike have a closer grip than ever before on the party machines in the States and in the Nation. This crooked control of both the old parties by the beneficiaries of political and business privilege renders it hopeless to expect any far-reaching and fundamental service from either.
Theodore Roosevelt

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action...

Theodore Roosevelt
Kings and such are just as funny as politicians.
Theodore Roosevelt

We have duties to others, and duties to ourselves, and we cannot shirk either.

Theodore Roosevelt
Just as you believe you may have already halfway there
Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can do it and you are halfway there

Theodore Roosevelt
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

The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.

Theodore Roosevelt
The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.