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THEODORE ROOSEVELT
American 26th president of U.S., soldier and statesman
(1858 - 1919)
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A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy.
      - [Democracy]

A just war is in the long run far better for a man's soul than the most prosperous peace.
      - [War]

Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.
      - [Right]

Byzantine Logothete.
      - term applied to President Wilson, see "New York Tribune", Dec. 13, 1915
        [Names]

Chicago's most useful citizen.
      - referring to Jane Addams
        [Addams, Jane : Chicago]

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
      - [Ability]

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly.
      - [Diplomacy]

Far away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
      - [Work]

Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free.
      - [Free Speech]

Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.
      - [Effort]

He has no more backbone than a chocolate eclair.
      - [Cowardice]

I feel like a Bull Moose.
      - on landing from Cuba with his Rough Riders after the Spanish-American War
        [Strength]

I took the canal zone and let congress debate, and while the debate goes on the canal does also.
      - [Debate]

I want to see you shoot the way you shout.
      - at the meeting of the Mayor's Committee on National Defense, Madison Square Garden, New York, Oct., 1917
        [Soldiers]

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
      - in a speech in Chicago, April 10, 1899
        [Strength]

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.
      - [Right]

In speaking to you men of the greatest city of the West, men of the state which gave to the country Lincoln and Grant, men who pre-eminently and distinctly embody all that is most American in the American character, I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of strenuous life.
      - at Appomattox Day celebration of the Hamilton Club of Chicago
        [Life]

It is, of course, the merest truism to say a party is of use only so far as it serves the nation.
      - [Politics]

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
      - [Dreams]

Let us live in the harness, striving mightily.
      - [Effort]

My hat is in the ring.
      - said in Cleveland, when on his way to Columbus, Ohio
        [Zeal]

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
      - [Fame]

No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
      - [Law]

No people ever yet benefited by riches if their prosperity corrupted their virtue.
      - [Virtue]

No people is fully civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
      - [Distinction]


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