Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt
No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any mans permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.
I have already lived and enjoyed as much life as any nine other men I have known.
Please put out the light, James.
Im as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.
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.
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.
There is a curse on this house.
Malefactors of great wealth.
We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.
If I must choose between righteousness and peace I choose righteousness.
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.
The object of government is the welfare of the people. The material progress and prosperity of a nation are desirable chiefly so far as they lead to the moral and material welfare of all good citizens.
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.
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one.
Every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it.
The United States of America has not the option as to whether it will or it will not play a great part in the world ... It must play a great part. All that it can decide is whether it will play that part well or badly.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
The light has gone out of my life.
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.
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
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