Theodore Roosevelt: New Yorker and Visionary



There is a delight in the hardy life of the open.

There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.

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 means development as much as it does protection.


A man’s usefulness depends upon his living up to his ideals insofar as he can.

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune-make for a finer, nobler type of manhood.

Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life.


I want to see you game, boys, I want to see you brave and manly, and I also want to see you gentle and tender.

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground.

Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.

The State

Ours is a government of liberty by, through, and under the law.

A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy.

Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.

In popular government results worth while can only be achieved by men who combine worthy ideals with practical good sense.

If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.

2 responses to “Theodore Roosevelt: New Yorker and Visionary

  1. Richard J Stuart

    His greatest speech was his “fair deal” speech. A speech that is badly needed today. To paraphrase he says the govt isn’t there to make sure we all get the same cards, only to make sure there is no crookedness in the dealing. Too often today people think its governments job to make sure we all have the same cards and all play ouf hands the same way.

  2. So much to like about Teddy, except for his cheerful confidence in the Progressive movement’s policy prescriptions for the world.

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