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THEODORE ROOSEVELT
American 26th president of U.S., soldier and statesman
(1858 - 1919)
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One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called "weasel words." When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked out of the egg. If you use a "weasel word" after another there is nothing left of the other.
      - in a speech at St. Louis [Words]

Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.
      - [Ideals]

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
      - [Management]

The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others.
      - in an address to the Deep Waterway Convention, Memphis, Tennessee
        [Conservation]

The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.
      - [Conservation]

The country's honor must be upheld at home and abroad.
      - [Honor]

The labor unions shall have a square deal, and the corporations shall have a square deal, and in addition, all private citizens shall have a square deal.
      - in an address [Government]

The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.
      - address at the corner-stone laying of the Office Building of House of Representatives
        [Corruption]

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
      - [Politics]

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.
      - [Conservation]

The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
      - [Pacifism]

The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.
      - [Cynicism]

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.
      - [Government : Presidency]

There is a homely old 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 the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
      - in an address at the Minnesota State Fair
        [Politics]

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
      - [Education]

To you men who, in your turn, have come together to spend and be be spent in the endless crusade against wrong; to you who face the future resolute and confident; to you who strive in a spirit of brotherhood for the betterment of our nation; to you who gird yourselves for this great new fight in the never-ending warfare for the good of mankind, I say in closing what I said in that speech in closing: "We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord."
      - in a speech at the Progressive Convention in Chicago on Aug. 5, 1912, referring to his June speech
        [War]

War is not merely justifiable, but imperative upon honorable men, upon an honorable nation, where peace can only be obtained by the sacrifice of conscientious conviction or of national welfare.
      - [War]

Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.
      - [War]

We demand that big business give people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right, he shall himself be given a square deal.
      - written when Taft's administration sued to dissolve the Steel Trust
        [Business]

We have room but for one Language here and that is the English Language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans of American nationality and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house.
      - [America]

We here in America, hold in our hands the hope of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.
      - [Hope]

We live in a great and free country only because our forefathers were willing to wage war rather than accept the peace that spells destruction.
      - [War]

We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the causes of disaster.
      - [Faults]

When money comes in at the gate, sport flies out at the window.
      - [Sport]

It is well indeed for out land that we of this generation have learned to think nationally.
      - Builders of the State [Statesmanship]


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