quotes of Theodore Roosevelt; 148 quotes

"Speak softly and carry a big stick."

"Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness, but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another's keeping."

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"Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement"

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"There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the ''money touch',' but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers"

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"It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws."

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"No people ever yet benefited by riches if their prosperity corrupted their virtue"

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"Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past"

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"Willful sterility is, from the standpoint of the nation, from the standpoint of the human race, the one sin for which the penalty is national death, race death; a sin for which there is no atonement. No man, no woman, can shirk the primary duties of life, whether for love of ease and pleasure, or for any other cause, and retain his or her self-respect."

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"If I have erred, I err in company with Abraham Lincoln"

"I am far from underestimating the importance of dividends; but I rank dividends below human character"