"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."
"Speak softly and carry a big stick."
"The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing."
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.
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure , than to take rank with those poor spires who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.
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 nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.
It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
No, I'm not a good shot, but I shoot often.
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Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.
The decisions of the courts on economic and social questions depend on their economic and social philosophy.
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The United States does not have a choice as to whether or not is will or will not play a great part in the world. Fate has made that choice for us. The only question is whether we will play the part well or badly.
The wild life of today is not ours to do with as we please. The original stock was given to us in trust for the benefit both of the present and the future. We must render an accounting of this trust to those who come after us.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong - is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
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When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.
The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.
The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.
The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
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.
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.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.
No foreign policy-no matter how ingenious-has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of few and carried in the hearts of many.
We cannot afford merely to sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them; and this task is now well begun.
Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.