Theodore Roosevelt

1858 - 1919

A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on boldness, common sense, country, failure, mistakes, needs, and temper

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on character, individuality, life, and nations

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on children, citizenship, community, force, interest, nations, potential, suffering, welfare, and elightenment

Each child represents either a potential addition to the protective capacity and enlightened citizenship of the nation or, if allowed to suffer from neglect, a potential addition to the destructive forces of a community. . . . The interests of the nation are involved in the welfare of this array of children no less than in our great material affairs.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on clarity, evil, good, men, principles, time, and work

There is a point, of course, where a man must take the isolated peak and break with all his associates for clear principle; but until that time comes he must work, if he would be of use, with men as they are. As long as the good in them overbalances the evil, let him work with them for the best that can be obtained.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on america, civilization, community, conflict, conquest, day, debt, humanity, idleness, impatience, interest, judgment, mankind, morality, nations, needs, rudeness, rules, sentimentality, stability, success, war, and world

Theodore Roosevelt, impatient with the excesses of "purely sentimental historians," authored his own stirring vindication of America's relations with the Indians: Looked at from the standpoint of the ultimate result, there was little real difference to the Indian whether the land was taken by treaty or by war. . . . No treaty could be satisfactory to the whites, no treaty served the needs of humanity and civilization, unless it gave the land to the Americans as unreservedly as any successful war. Whether the whites won the land by treaty, by armed conflict, or, as was actually the case, by a mixture of both, mattered comparatively little so long as the land was won. It was all-important that it should be won, for the benefit of civilization and in the interests of mankind. It is, indeed, a warped, perverse, and silly morality which would forbid a course of conquest that has turned whole continents into the seats of mighty and flourishing civilized nations. . . . It is as idle to apply to savages the rules of international morality which obtain between stable and cultured communities, as it would be to judge the fifth-century English conquest of Britain by the standards of to-day. The most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages, though it is apt to be also the most terrible and inhuman. The rude, fierce settler who drives the savage from the land lays all civilized mankind under a debt to him. . . . It is of incalculable importance that America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red, black, and yellow aboriginal owners, and become the heritage of the dominant world races.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: The Winning of the West: Book IV, 1896

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can - with what you have - where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on action

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Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on country and good

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

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on country

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There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 per cent. Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Speech, Republican Convention , Saratoga

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on work

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I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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