Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Theodore Roosevelt is considered to be one of the greatest Presidents in the American history. Read on to see some quotes made by him...
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He was the Assistant Secretary of the Navy when he prescribed war against Spain, because he wanted to set Cuba free from Spanish rule. In 1901, he became the President, after the assassination of William McKinley. In 1905, he drew up the Treaty of Portsmouth, in which Japan agreed to American control over Philippines, and Russia agreed to Japanese control over the Korean peninsula. In 1906, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for arranging this peace between Russia and Japan, who had been fighting over Korea.

In 1907, he orchestrated the Second Hague Peace Conference, in which there was a disagreement on the matter of arms control. This was because Germany didn't want the restrictions on its navy. There were differences in the matter of settling the disputes. But there was unison on the matters of the rules of war and the rights of neutrals. In 1912, William Howard Taft was renominated by the Republican Party, and Roosevelt became the nominee for the Progressive Party that ran under the "New Nationalism" platform. However, Democratic contender Woodrow Wilson won the election by an overwhelming margin, while Roosevelt came second, with Taft third. In 1930, Roosevelt requested altruists to help the territory of Puerto Rico.

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

The following are some quotes by the man himself:

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. - at Chicago, Illinois, on April 10, 1899.

Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. - at the Grand Canyon, Arizona on May 6, 1903. He was commenting on how people should treat the Grand Canyon.

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. - at the Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois, on June 4, 1903.

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. - in the Third Annual Message to Congress, on December 7, 1903.

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. - 1906.

I am a part of everything that I have read. - 1906.

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also. - during the Charter Day exercises of the University of California, on March 25, 1911.

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe. - in his autobiography, which was published in 1913.

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause. - in an article in The Harvard Advocate, on December 7, 1915.

"Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body. - in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on September 30, 1917.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public. - in an editorial about the World War I for 'Kansas City Star', on May 7, 1918.

There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 percent Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else. - in the Republican Convention in Saratoga, New York on July 18, 1918.

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.

It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize. - opining on labor rights.