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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (27 October 1858 – 6 January 1919), also known as T.R. or Teddy, was the 26th President of the United States of America from 1901 to 1909.

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1. “I have always been fond of the West African proverb ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.’”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Letter to Henry L. Sprague (26 January 1900); this is the first known use of this phrase, which became a signature motto of Roosevelt's after he used it in a speech as Vice-President at the Minnesota State Fair:
 There is a homely adage which runs "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly and yet build and keep at a pitch of highest training a thoroughly efficient Navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far. (2 September 1901)
  (Accounts of the precise wording with which he introduced this proverb vary. Another version is given below, within a more extensive transcript of the speech.)

2. “Malefactors of great wealth.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Phrase first used in a speech at Provincetown, Massachusetts (20 August 1907).

3. “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, Theodore Roosevelt — An Autobiography (1913): Online PDF and epub at Google Books. Also available at Bartleby.com Chapter V Applied Idealism.

4. “The only safe rule is to promise little, and faithfully to keep every promise; to ‘speak softly and carry a big stick.’”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, Theodore Roosevelt — An Autobiography (1913): Online PDF and epub at Google Books. Also available at Bartleby.com Ch. XV : The Peace of Righteousness

5. “The light has gone out of my life.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Entry in Roosevelt's diary, before which he put a large X, on 14 February 1884, the day in which both his mother and wife died within hours of each other.

6. “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.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech before the Colorado Live Stock Association, Denver, Colorado (August 29, 1910); in The New Nationalism (1910), p. 52; inscribed on Cox Corridor II, a first floor House corridor, U.S. Capitol.

7. “We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech at Progressive Party Convention, Chicago (17 June 1912).

8. “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Confession of Faith Speech, Progressive National Convention, Chicago, August 6, 1912

9. “To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Seventh State of the Union (3 December 1907).

10. “I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Des Moines, IA, November 4, 1910.

11. “Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: San Francisco, CA, May 13, 1903

12. “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech at Springfield, Illinois (4 July 1903).

13. “The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: As quoted by Jacob A. Riis in Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen (1904), chapter XVI A Young Men's Hero

14. “Power invariably means both responsibility and danger.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, Inaugural Address (1905): Theodore Roosevelt took his second oath of office of President on 4 March 1905. He had already served for 3 years, coming into office after the death of his predecessor William McKinley on 6 September 1901.

15. “I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Response when a dignitary asked if he could better control his daughter, as quoted in Hail to the Chiefs : My Life and Times with Six Presidents (1970) by Ruth Shick Montgomery, and TIME magazine (3 March 1980).

16. “I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen in Chattanooga, Tennessee (8 September 2013).

17. “No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Third State of the Union Address (7 December 1903).

18. “Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: In: Michael Erbschloe [http://books.google.co.in/books?id=pd_WT2z2wQcC&pg=PA29 Socially Responsible IT Management], Digital Press, 2003, p. 29.

19. “If I must choose between righteousness and peace I choose righteousness.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: America and the World War (1915).

20. “It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Berkeley, CA, 1911

21. “This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Chicago, IL, June 17, 1912

22. “There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Letter (1 September 1903), Oyster Bay, New York.

23. “We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900), The Strenous Life: "Speech before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899"

24. “In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily, and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run identical; but when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper hand, for property belongs to man and not man to property.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Citizenship in a Republic, a speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, France (23 April 1910).

25. “Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: "The Progressive Covenant With The People" speech (August 1912).

26. “I have a perfect horror of words that are not backed up by deeds.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Oyster Bay, NY, July 7, 1915

27. “Even in ordinary times there are very few of us who do not see the problems of life as through a glass, darkly; and when the glass is clouded by the murk of furious popular passion, the vision of the best and the bravest is dimmed.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

28. “Combinations in industry are the result of an imperative economic law which cannot be repealed by political legislation. The effort at prohibiting all combination has substantially failed. The way out lies, not in attempting to prevent such combinations, but in completely controlling them in the interest of the public welfare.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

29. “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, Address at Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1912): Address at Milwaukee, Wisconsin (14 October 1912), delivered just after an assassination attempt upon him by John Schrank. Roosevelt credited the thickness of his prepared speech, which was shot through, as having prevented the bullet from entering his heart.

30. “I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900), The Strenous Life: "Speech before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899"

31. “While ever careful to refrain from wrongdoing others, we must be no less insistent that we are not wronged ourselves. We wish peace, but we wish the peace of justice, the peace of righteousness. We wish it because we think it is right and not because we are afraid. No weak nation that acts manfully and justly should ever have cause to fear us, and no strong power should ever be able to single us out as a subject for insolent aggression.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, Inaugural Address (1905): Theodore Roosevelt took his second oath of office of President on 4 March 1905. He had already served for 3 years, coming into office after the death of his predecessor William McKinley on 6 September 1901.

32. “There is no good reason why we should fear the future, but there is every reason why we should face it seriously, neither hiding from ourselves the gravity of the problems before us nor fearing to approach these problems with the unbending, unflinching purpose to solve them aright.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, Inaugural Address (1905): Theodore Roosevelt took his second oath of office of President on 4 March 1905. He had already served for 3 years, coming into office after the death of his predecessor William McKinley on 6 September 1901.

33. “Our country—this great republic—means nothing unless it means the triumph of a real democracy, the triumph of popular government, and, in the long run, of an economic system under which each man shall be guaranteed the opportunity to show the best that there is in him.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

34. “The State must be made efficient for the work which concerns only the people of the State; and the nation for that which concerns all the people. There must remain no neutral ground to serve as a refuge for lawbreakers, and especially for lawbreakers of great wealth, who can hire the vulpine legal cunning which will teach them how to avoid both jurisdictions.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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35. “One of the fundamental necessities in a representative government such as ours is to make certain that the men to whom the people delegate their power shall serve the people by whom they are elected, and not the special interests. I believe that every national officer, elected or appointed, should be forbidden to perform any service or receive any compensation, directly or indirectly, from interstate corporations; and a similar provision could not fail to be useful within the States.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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36. “There is a curse on this house.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Theodore repeating what his brother, Elliot Roosevelt, said when Theodore reached his home in New York City to find both mother and wife dying on the evening of 13 February 1884; in this same house their father had also died from stomach cancer on 9 February 1878, at the age of 46.

37. “We cannot afford merely to sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them; and this task is now well begun.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: "The City in Modern Life", Literary Essays (vol. 12 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed., 1926), p. 226. Book review in The Atlantic Monthly (April 1895).

38. “Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, the labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to triumph.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech before the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island (June 1897), reported in "Washington’s Forgotten Maxim", American Ideals (1926), vol. 13 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed., chapter 12, p. 198.

39. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900), The Strenous Life: "Speech before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899"

40. “Conservation and rural-life policies are really two sides of the same policy; and down at bottom this policy rests upon the fundamental law that neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for the future.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: "Rural Life", in The Outlook (August 27, 1910), republished in American Problems (vol. 16 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed., 1926), chapter 20, p. 146.

41. “It is of little use for us to pay lip-loyalty to the mighty men of the past unless we sincerely endeavor to apply to the problems of the present precisely the qualities which in other crises enabled the men of that day to meet those crises.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

42. “The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have themselves called into being.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The Progressives, Past and Present (1910)

43. “There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean' horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, Theodore Roosevelt — An Autobiography (1913): Online PDF and epub at Google Books. Also available at Bartleby.com Chapter II The Vigor of Life.

44. “For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American, is to be a traitor to American institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of the foreign vote are engaged in treason to the American Republic.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, Address to the Knights of Columbus (1915): Address to the Knights of Columbus, Carnegie Hall, New York (12 October 1915)

45. “What is true of the family, the foundation stone of our national life, is not less true of the entire superstructure. I am, as you know, a most ardent believer in national preparedness against war as a means of securing that honorable and self-respecting peace which is the only peace desired by all high-spirited people. But it is an absolute impossibility to secure such preparedness in full and proper form if it is an isolated feature of our policy. History of Belgium#Occupation_1914-18The lamentable fate of Belgium has shown that no justice in legislation or success in business will be of the slightest avail if the nation has not prepared in advance the strength to protect its rights. But it is equally true that there cannot be this preparation in advance for military strength unless there is a social basis of civil and social life behind it. There must be social, economic, and military preparedness all alike, all harmoniously developed; and above all there must be spiritual and mental preparedness.”

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Source: 1910s, Address to the Knights of Columbus (1915): Address to the Knights of Columbus, Carnegie Hall, New York (12 October 1915)

46. “I have not been able to think out any solution of the terrible problem offered by the presence of the Negro on this continent, but of one thing I am sure, and that is that inasmuch as he is here and can neither be killed nor driven away, the only wise and honorable and Christian thing to do is to treat each black man and each white man strictly on his merits as a man, giving him no more and no less than he shows himself worthy to have.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: As quoted in Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917 (2008), by Gail Bederman, Illinois: University of Chicago Press. p. 198.

47. “Is America a weakling, to shrink from the work of the great world powers? No! The young giant of the West stands on a continent and clasps the crest of an ocean in either hand. Our nation, glorious in youth and strength, looks into the future with eager eyes and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Letter to John Hay, American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, London, written in Washington, DC, June 7, 1897

48. “If we lose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay.”

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Source: "The Law of Civilization and Decay", The Forum (January 1897), reprinted in American Ideals (1926), vol. 13 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed., chapter 15, pp. 259–60.

49. “It is no use to preach to [children] if you do not act decently yourself.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech to Holy Name Society, Oyster Bay, August 16, 1903

50. “Of all the officers of the Government, those of the Department of Justice should be kept most free from any suspicion of improper action on partisan or factional grounds, so that there shall be gradually a growth, even though a slow growth, in the knowledge that the Federal courts and the representatives of the Federal Department of Justice insist on meting out even-handed justice to all.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Letter to Attorney General William H. Moody (August 9, 1904); reported in Homer S. Cummings, Federal Justice (1937), p. 500.

51. “This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Memphis, TN, October 25, 1905

52. “It is unwise to depart from the old American tradition and discriminate for or against any man who desires to come here and become a citizen, save on the ground of that man's fitness for citizenship. ... We can not afford to consider whether he is Catholic or Protestant, Jew or Gentile; whether he is Englishman or Irishman, Frenchman or German, Japanese, Italian, or Scandinavian, or Magyar. What we should desire to find out is the individual quality of the individual man.”

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Source: 1900s, Message to Congress (1905) As quoted in The Business of Transatlantic Migration between Europe and the United States, 1900–1914 (2012), by Drew Keeling, p. 161.

53. “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood—the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Letter to S. Stanwood Menken, chairman, committee on Congress of Constructive Patriotism (January 10, 1917). Roosevelt’s sister, Mrs. Douglas Robinson, read the letter to a national meeting, January 26, 1917. Reported in Proceedings of the Congress of Constructive Patriotism, Washington, D.C., January 25–27, 1917 (1917), p. 172.

54. “We cannot afford weakly to blind ourselves to the actual conflict which faces us today. The issue is joined, and we must fight or fail.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

55. “The absence of effective State, and, especially, national, restraint upon unfair money-getting has tended to create a small class of enormously wealthy and economically powerful men, whose chief object is to hold and increase their power. The prime need to is to change the conditions which enable these men to accumulate power which it is not for the general welfare that they should hold or exercise.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

56. “The people of the United States suffer from periodical financial panics to a degree substantially unknown to the other nations, which approach us in financial strength. There is no reason why we should suffer what they escape. It is of profound importance that our financial system should be promptly investigated, and so thoroughly and effectively revised as to make it certain that hereafter our currency will no longer fail at critical times to meet our needs.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

57. “No man can be a good citizen unless he has a wage more than sufficient to cover the bare cost of living, and hours of labor short enough so after his day’s work is done he will have time and energy to bear his share in the management of the community, to help in carrying the general load.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

58. “The object of government is the welfare of the people. The material progress and prosperity of a nation are desirable chiefly so long as they lead to the moral and material welfare of all good citizens.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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59. “Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, Theodore Roosevelt — An Autobiography (1913): Online PDF and epub at Google Books. Also available at Bartleby.com Chapter V Applied Idealism.

60. “The worst lesson that can be taught a man is to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: How not to help our poor brother, published in Review of Reviews, January, 1897

61. “To borrow a simile from the football field, we believe that men must play fair, but that there must be no shirking, and that the success can only come to the player who hits the line hard.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, NY, October 1897

62. “I'm as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Letter to Mark Hannah (27 June 1900).

63. “I cannot consent to take the position that the door of hope — the door of opportunity — is to be shut upon any man, no matter how worthy, purely upon the grounds of race or color. Such an attitude would, according to my convictions, be fundamentally wrong.”

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Source: Letter to James Adger Smythe (26 November 1902).

64. “To permit every lawless capitalist, every law-defying corporation, to take any action, no matter how iniquitous, in the effort to secure an improper profit and to build up privilege, would be ruinous to the Republic and would mark the abandonment of the effort to secure in the industrial world the spirit of democratic fair dealing.”

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Source: Eighth State of the Union Address (8 December 1908).

65. “A mere life of ease is not in the end a very satisfactory life, and, above all, it is a life which ultimately unfits those who follow it for serious work in the world. In the last analysis a healthy state can exist only when the men and women who make it up lead clean, vigorous, healthy lives; when the children are so trained that they shall endeavor, not to shirk difficulties, but to overcome them; not to seek ease, but to know how to wrest triumph from toil and risk.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900), The Strenous Life: "Speech before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899"

66. “We have a given problem to solve. If we undertake the solution, there is, of course, always danger that we may not solve it aright; but to refuse to undertake the solution simply renders it certain that we cannot possibly solve it aright.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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67. “The tremendous and highly complex industrial development which went on with ever accelerated rapidity during the latter half of the nineteenth century brings us face to face, at the beginning of the twentieth, with very serious social problems. The old laws, and the old customs which had almost the binding force of law, were once quite sufficient to regulate the accumulation and distribution of wealth. Since the industrial changes which have so enormously increased the productive power of mankind, they are no longer sufficient.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, First Annual Message to Congress (1901): First annual message to the US Senate and House of Representatives (December 3, 1901)

68. “The growth of cities has gone on beyond comparison faster than the growth of the country, and the upbuilding of the great industrial centers has meant a startling increase, not merely in the aggregate of wealth, but in the number of very large individual, and especially of very large corporate, fortunes. The creation of these great corporate fortunes has not been due to the tariff nor to any other governmental action, but to natural causes in the business world, operating in other countries as they operate in our own.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, First Annual Message to Congress (1901): First annual message to the US Senate and House of Representatives (December 3, 1901)

69. “The mechanism of modern business is so delicate that extreme care must be taken not to interfere with it in a spirit of rashness or ignorance. Many of those who have made it their vocation to denounce the great industrial combinations which are popularly, although with technical inaccuracy, known as ‘trusts,’ appeal especially to hatred and fear. These are precisely the two emotions, particularly when combined with ignorance, which unfit men for the exercise of cool and steady judgment. In facing new industrial conditions, the whole history of the world shows that legislation will generally be both unwise and ineffective unless undertaken after calm inquiry and with sober self-restraint. [...] All this is true; and yet it is also true that there are real and grave evils, one of the chief being over-capitalization because of its many baleful consequences; and a resolute and practical effort must be made to correct these evils. There is a widespread conviction in the minds of the American people that the great corporations known as trusts are in certain of their features and tendencies hurtful to the general welfare. This [...] is based upon sincere conviction that combination and concentration should be, not prohibited, but supervised and within reasonable limits controlled; and in my judgment this conviction is right.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, First Annual Message to Congress (1901): First annual message to the US Senate and House of Representatives (December 3, 1901)

70. “As a people we claim the right to speak with peculiar emphasis for freedom and for fair treatment of all men without regard to differences of race, fortune, creed or color. We forfeit the right so to speak when we commit or condone such crimes as these of which I speak.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: • Source: Wikiquote: "Theodore Roosevelt" (Quotes, 1900s, Letter to Winfield T. Durbin (1903): , as of all free governments, is respect for and obedience to the law. Where we permit the law to be defied or evaded, whether by rich man or poor man, by black man or white, we are by just so much weakening the bonds of our civilization and increasing the chances of its overthrow.]]
Letter to Governor Winfield T. Durbin of Indiana (6 August 1903) Oyster Bay, New York.)

71. “In the history of mankind many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state; and in no way has this loss of power been so often and so clearly shown as in the tendency to turn the government into a government primarily for the benefit of one class instead of a government for the benefit of the people as a whole.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1900s, A Square Deal (1903): Speech to farmers at the New York State Agricultural Association, Syracuse, New York (7 September 1903).

72. “It is a bad thing for a nation to raise and to admire a false standard of success; and there can be no falser standard than that set by the deification of material well-being in and for itself.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Citizenship in a Republic, a speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, France (23 April 1910).

73. “I don't think any President ever enjoyed himself more than I did. Moreover, I don't think any ex-President ever enjoyed himself more.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: University of Cambridge, England, May 26, 1910

74. “We wish to control big business so as to secure among other things good wages for the wage-workers and reasonable prices for the consumers. Wherever in any business the prosperity of the businessman is obtained by lowering the wages of his workmen and charging an excessive price to the consumers we wish to interfere and stop such practices. We will not submit to that kind of prosperity any more than we will submit to prosperity obtained by swindling investors or getting unfair advantages over business rivals.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech at Progressive Party Convention, Chicago (17 June 1912).

75. “If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base, and sordid creature, no matter how successful.”

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Source: Letter to his son, Kermit, quoted in Theodore Roosevelt by Joseph Bucklin Bishop, 1915

76. “You could no more make an agreement with them than you could nail currant jelly to a wall - and the failure to nail current jelly to a wall is not due to the nail; it is due to the currant jelly.”

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Source: Letter to William Roscoe Thayer (2 July 1915).

77. “I have already lived and enjoyed as much life as any nine other men I have known.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: As quoted in "Roosevelt The Greatest Outdoor Man" by Arthur K. Willyoung in Outing Vol. 74, No. 6 (September 1919), p. 353.

78. “In our complex industrial civilization of today the peace of righteousness and justice, the only kind of peace worth having, is at least as necessary in the industrial world as it is among nations. There is at least as much need to curb the cruel greed and arrogance of part of the world of capital, to curb the cruel greed and violence of part of the world of labor, as to check a cruel and unhealthy militarism in international relationships.”

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Source: 1910s, Nobel lecture (1910): Address at The National Theatre in Oslo, Norway (5 May 1910)

79. “Unjust war is to be abhorred; but woe to the nation that does not make ready to hold its own in time of need against all who would harm it! And woe thrice over to the nation in which the average man loses the fighting edge, loses the power to serve as a soldier if the day of need should arise!”

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Source: 1910s, The World Movement (1910): Speech delivered at the University of Berlin, May 12, 1910. Text at bartleby.com

80. “The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have called into being.”

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Source: 1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)

81. “I believe that the majority of the plain people of the United States will, day in and day out, make fewer mistakes in governing themselves than any smaller class or body of men, no matter what their training, will make in trying to govern them.”

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Source: 1910s, The Rights of the People to Rule (1912)

82. “First of all, I want to say this about myself: I have altogether too important things to think of to feel any concern over my own death; and now I cannot speak to you insincerely within five minutes of being shot. I am telling you the literal truth when I say that my concern is for many other things.”

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Source: 1910s, Address at Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1912): Address at Milwaukee, Wisconsin (14 October 1912), delivered just after an assassination attempt upon him by John Schrank. Roosevelt credited the thickness of his prepared speech, which was shot through, as having prevented the bullet from entering his heart.

83. “I am in this cause with my whole heart and soul. I believe that the Progressive movement is making life a little easier for all our people; a movement to try to take the burdens off the men and especially the women and children of this country. I am absorbed in the success of that movement.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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84. “Friends, I will disown and repudiate any man of my party who attacks with such foul slander and abuse any opponent of any other party.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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85. “I am all right — I am a little sore. Anybody has a right to be sore with a bullet in him. You would find that if I was in battle now I would be leading my men just the same. Just the same way I am going to make this speech.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: 1910s, Address at Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1912): Address at Milwaukee, Wisconsin (14 October 1912), delivered just after an assassination attempt upon him by John Schrank. Roosevelt credited the thickness of his prepared speech, which was shot through, as having prevented the bullet from entering his heart.

86. “So it was in the Civil War. Farragut's father was born in Spain and Sheridan's father in Ireland; Sherman and Thomas were of English and Custer of German descent; and Grant came of a long line of American ancestors whose original home had been Scotland. But the Admiral was not a Spanish-American; and the Generals were not Scotch-Americans or Irish-Americans or English-Americans or German-Americans. They were all Americans and nothing else. This was just as true of Lee and of Stonewall Jackson and of Beauregard.”

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Source: 1910s, Address to the Knights of Columbus (1915): Address to the Knights of Columbus, Carnegie Hall, New York (12 October 1915)

87. “Of recent years... representative government all over the world has been threatened with a growing paralysis. Legislative bodies have tended more and more to become wholly inefficient for the purposes of legislation. The prime feature in causing this unhealthy growth has been the discovery by minorities that under the old rules of parliamentary procedure they could put a complete stop to all legislative action... If the minority is as powerful as the majority there is no use of having political contests at all, for there is no use in having a majority.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech before the Federal Club, New York City, March 6, 1891. New York Daily Tribune, March 7, 1891.

88. “To sit home, read one's favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men's doing.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: The Higher Life of American Cities in The Outlook (p. 1083 - 1085) from 21 December 1895

89. “Greatness means strife for nation and man alike. A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage... We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. 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.”

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Source: Address at the opening of the gubernatorial campaign, New York City (October 5, 1898), reported in "The Duties of a Great Nation", Campaigns and Controversies, vol. 14 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed. (1926), chapter 45, p. 291.

90. “There are two things that I want you to make up your minds to: first, that you are going to have a good time as long as you live – I have no use for the sour-faced man – and next, that you are going to do something worthwhile, that you are going to work hard and do the things you set out to do.”

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Source: Talk to schoolchildren in Oyster Bay, Christmastime, 1898

91. “Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Letter to Cecil Spring-Rice (12 March 1900).

92. “Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures. But there is another harm; and it is evident that we should try to do away with that. The great corporations which we have grown to speak of rather loosely as trusts are the creatures of the State, and the State not only has the right to control them, but it is duty bound to control them wherever the need of such control is shown.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech at Kennedy Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island (23 August 1902), Presidential Addresses and State Papers (1910), p. 103

93. “The government is us; we are the government, you and I.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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Source: Speech at Asheville, North Carolina (9 September 1902).

94. “The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight; that he shall not be a mere passenger, but shall do his share in the work that each generation of us finds ready to hand; and, furthermore, that in doing his work he shall show, not only the capacity for sturdy self-help, but also self-respecting regard for the rights of others.”

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Source: Speech at New York (11 November 1902).

95. “We face the future with our past and our present as guarantors of our promises; and we are content to stand or to fall by the record which we have made and are making.”

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Source: Address at Oyster Bay, New York (July 27, 1904), in response to the committee appointed to notify him of his nomination for the Presidency.

96. “Men with the muckrake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck, and to look upward to the celestial crown above them. … If they gradually grow to feel that the whole world is nothing but muck their power of usefulness is gone.”

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Source: Address on the laying of the cornerstone of the House Office Building, Washington, D.C. (14 April 1906).

97. “You ask that Mr. Taft shall ‘let the world know what his religious belief is.’ This is purely his own private concern; it is a matter between him and his Maker, a matter for his own conscience; and to require it to be made public under penalty of political discrimination is to negative the first principles of our Government, which guarantee complete religious liberty, and the right to each to act in religious affairs as his own conscience dictates. Mr. Taft never asked my advice in the matter, but if he had asked it, I should have emphatically advised him against thus stating publicly his religious belief. The demand for a statement of a candidate’s religious belief can have no meaning except that there may be discrimination for or against him because of that belief. Discrimination against the holder of one faith means retaliatory discrimination against men of other faiths. The inevitable result of entering upon such a practice would be an abandonment of our real freedom of conscience and a reversion to the dreadful conditions of religious dissension which in so many lands have proved fatal to true liberty, to true religion, and to all advance in civilization.”

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Source: Letter to Mr. J.C. Martin concerning religion and politics (November 6, 1908).

98. “Throughout our history the success of the homemaker has been but another name for the up-building of the nation.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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99. “Poverty is a bitter thing; but it is not as bitter as the existence of restless vacuity and physical, moral, and intellectual flabbiness, to which those doom themselves who elect to spend all their years in that vainest of all vain pursuits—the pursuit of mere pleasure as a sufficient end in itself.”

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100. “You, the sons of the pioneers, if you are true to your ancestry, must make your lives as worthy as they made theirs. They sought for true success, and therefore they did not seek ease. They knew that success comes only to those who lead the life of endeavor.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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101. “Besides each one of us working individually, all of us have got to work together. We cannot possibly do our best work as a nation unless all of us know how to act in combination as well as how to act each individually for himself. The acting in combination can take many forms, but of course its most effective form must be when it comes in the shape of law —that is, of action by the community as a whole through the lawmaking body.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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102. “But it is not possible ever to insure prosperity merely by law. Something for good can be done by law, and a bad law can do an infinity of mischief; but, after all, the best law can only prevent wrong and injustice, and give to the thrifty, the farseeing, and the hard-working a chance to exercise to best advantage their special and peculiar abilities.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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103. “Our interests are at bottom common; in the long run we go up or go down together. Yet more and more it is evident that the state, and if necessary the nation, has got to possess the right of supervision and control as regards the great corporations which are its creatures; particularly as regards the great business combinations which derive a portion of their importance from the existence of some monopolistic tendency. The right should be exercised with caution and self restraint; but it should exist, so that it may be invoked if the need arises.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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104. “Right here let me make as vigorous a plea as I know how in favor of saying nothing that we do not mean, and of acting without hesitation up to whatever we say. A good many of you are probably acquainted with the old proverb: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick—you will go far.’ If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble; and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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105. “In private life there are few beings more obnoxious than the man who is always loudly boasting; and if the boaster is not prepared to back up his words his position becomes absolutely contemptible. So it is with the nation. It is both foolish and undignified to indulge in undue self-glorification, and, above all, in loose-tongued denunciation of other peoples. Whenever on any point we come in contact with a foreign power, I hope that we shall always strive to speak courteously and respectfully of that foreign power.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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106. “Let us make it evident that we intend to do justice. Then let us make it equally evident that we will not tolerate injustice being done to us in return. Let us further make it evident that we use no words which we are not prepared to back up with deeds, and that while our speech is always moderate, we are ready and willing to make it good. Such an attitude will be the surest possible guarantee of that self-respecting peace, the attainment of which is and must ever be the prime aim of a self-governing people.”

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107. “We shall make mistakes; and if we let these mistakes frighten us from our work we shall show ourselves weaklings.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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108. “Quotes from a transcription of Roosevelt's speech at the opening of the Minnesota State Fair, as it appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune (3 September 1901) For further quotes from this speech see ‘National Duties’ subsection in the ‘The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900)’ section above.”

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109. “No hard and fast rule can be laid down as to where our legislation shall stop in interfering between man and man, between interest and interest. All that can be said is that it is highly undesirable on the one hand, to weaken individual initiative, and on the other hand, that in a constantly increasing number of cases we shall find it necessary in the future to shackle cunning as in the past we have shackled force.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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110. “The vast individual and corporate fortunes, the vast combinations of capital which have marked the development of our industrial system, create new conditions, and necessitate a change from the old attitude of state and the nation toward property.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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111. “Let us make it evident that we intend to do justice. Then let us make it equally evident that we will not tolerate injustice being done us in return. Let us further make it evident that we use no words which we are not which prepared to back up with deeds, and that while our speech is always moderate, we are ready and willing to make it good. Such an attitude will be the surest possible guarantee of that self-respecting peace, the attainment of which is and must ever be the prime aim of a self-governing people.”

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112. “We are passing through a period of great commercial prosperity, and such a period is as sure as adversity itself to bring mutterings of discontent. At a time when most men prosper somewhat some men always prosper greatly; and it is as true now as when the tower of Siloam fell upon all alike, that good fortune does not come solely to the just, nor bad fortune solely to the unjust. When the weather is good for crops it is also good for weeds.”

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113. “Where men are gathered together in great masses it inevitably results that they must work far more largely through combinations than where they live scattered and remote from one another… Under present-day conditions it is necessary to have corporations in the business world as it is to have organizations, unions, among wage workers.”

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114. “The great corporations which we have grown to speak of rather loosely as trusts are the creatures of the State, and the State not only has the right to control them wherever need of such control is shown… [Applause] The immediate necessity in dealing with trusts is to place them under the real, not the nominal, control of some sovereign to which, as its creatures, the trusts owe allegiance, and in whose courts the sovereign's orders may be enforced. In my opinion, this sovereign must be the National Government.”

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115. “To any nation that stands for human liberties, they have an Ally in the United States.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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116. “I feel that you have not only reflected honor upon the state which for its good fortune has you as its chief executive, but upon the whole nation. It is incumbent upon every man throughout this country not only to hold up your hands in the course you have been following, but to show his realization that the matter is one of vital concern to us all.”

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117. “All thoughtful men must feel that gravest alarm over the growth of lynching in this country and especially over the peculiarly hideous form so often taken by mob violence when colored men are the victims, on which occasion the mob seems to lay most weight, not on the crime, but on the color of the criminal.”

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118. “In a certain proportion of these cases the man lynched has been guilty of a crime horrible beyond description; a crime so horrible that as far as he himself is concerned he has forfeited the right to any kind of sympathy whatsoever. The feeling of all good citizens that such a hideous crime shall not be hideously punished by mob violence is due not in the least to sympathy for the criminal, but to a very lively sense of the train of dreadful consequences which follows the course taken by the mob in exacting inhuman vengeance for an inhuman wrong.”

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119. “Surely, no patriot can fail to see the fearful brutalization and debasement which the indulgence of such a spirit and such practices inevitably portend. Surely, all public men, all writers for the daily press, all clergymen, all teachers, all who in any way have a right to address the public, should, with every energy, unite to denounce such crimes and to support those engaged in putting them down.”

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120. “The failure in public and in private life thus to treat each man on his own merits, the recognition of this government as being either for the poor as such or for the rich as such, would prove fatal to our Republic, as such failure and such recognition have always proved fatal in the past to other republics. A healthy republican government must rest upon individuals, not upon classes or sections. As soon as it becomes government by a class or by a section, it departs from the old American ideal.”

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Source: 1900s, A Square Deal (1903): Speech to farmers at the New York State Agricultural Association, Syracuse, New York (7 September 1903).

121. “The good citizen is the man who, whatever his wealth or his poverty, strives manfully to do his duty to himself, to his family, to his neighbor, to the States; who is incapable of the baseness which manifests itself either in arrogance or in envy, but who while demanding justice for himself is no less scrupulous to do justice to others.”

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122. “From the greatest to the smallest, happiness and usefulness are largely found in the same soul, and the joy of life is won in its deepest and truest sense only by those who have not shirked life's burdens.”

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123. “Finally, we must keep ever in mind that a republic such as ours can exist only by virtue of the orderly liberty which comes through the equal domination of the law over all men alike, and through its administration in such resolute and fearless fashion as shall teach all that no man is above it and no man below it.”

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124. “I want to speak to you first of all as regards your duties as boys; and in the next place as regards your duties as men; and the two things hang together. The same qualities that make a decent boy make a decent man. They have different manifestations, but fundamentally they are the same. If a boy has not got pluck and honesty and common-sense he is a pretty poor creature; and he is a worse creature if he is a man and lacks any one of those three traits.”

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125. “Because much has been given to you, therefore we have a right to expect much from you; and we have a right to expect that you shall begin to give that much just as soon as you leave school and go to college, so that you shall count when you are there.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

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