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Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihoodthe virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. Theodore Roosevelt

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Our loyalty is due entirely to the United States. It is due to the President only and exactly to the degree in which he efficiently serves the United States. It is our duty to support him when he serves the United States well. It is our duty to oppose him when he serves it badly. This is true about Mr. Wilson now and it has been true about all our Presidents in the past. It is our duty at all times to tell the truth about the President and about every one else, save in the cases where to tell the truth at the moment would benefit the public enemy. Theodore Roosevelt

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No man is above the law, and no man is below it. Theodore Roosevelt

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

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The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt

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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. Theodore Roosevelt

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We wish peace, but we wish the peace of justice, the peace of righteousness. We wish it because we think it is right and not because we are afraid. Theodore Roosevelt

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It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort. Theodore Roosevelt

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The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything Theodore Roosevelt

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A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have. Theodore Roosevelt

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Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. Theodore Roosevelt

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I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being. Theodore Roosevelt

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

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There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering. Theodore Roosevelt

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To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. Theodore Roosevelt

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When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer present or not guilty. Theodore Roosevelt

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If we lose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay. Theodore Roosevelt

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The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats. Theodore Roosevelt

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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. Theodore Roosevelt

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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

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The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency. Theodore Roosevelt

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The government is us; we are the government, you and I. Theodore Roosevelt

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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. Theodore Roosevelt

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

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Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft. Theodore Roosevelt

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No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. Theodore Roosevelt

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People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives. Theodore Roosevelt

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Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammalsnot to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening. Many leading men, Americans and Canadians, are doing all they can for the Conservation movement. Theodore Roosevelt

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Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster. Theodore Roosevelt

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The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life. Theodore Roosevelt

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The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties, an appropriation ample enough to meet the necessity for thorough organization and machinery, which requires a large expenditure of money. Then the stipulation should be made that no party receiving campaign funds from the Treasury should accept more than a fixed amount from any individual subscriber or donor; and the necessary publicity for receipts and expenditures could without difficulty be provided. Theodore Roosevelt

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Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell em, Certainly I can! -- and get busy and find out how to do it. Theodore Roosevelt

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt

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Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. Theodore Roosevelt

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MY fellow citizens, no people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours... Theodore Roosevelt

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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. Theodore Roosevelt

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The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day. Theodore Roosevelt

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It is better to be faithful than famous. Theodore Roosevelt

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No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse. Theodore Roosevelt

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Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt

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I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character! Theodore Roosevelt

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There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the money touch, but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers. Theodore Roosevelt

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The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. Theodore Roosevelt

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The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice. Theodore Roosevelt

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Of all the officers of the Government, those of the Department of Justice should be kept most free from any suspicion of improper action on partisan or factional grounds, so that there shall be gradually a growth, even though a slow growth, in the knowledge that the Federal courts and the representatives of the Federal Department of Justice insist on meting out even-handed justice to all. Theodore Roosevelt

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Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt

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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. Theodore Roosevelt

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There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 % Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else. Theodore Roosevelt

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I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man. Theodore Roosevelt

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Here is the task, and I have got to do it to the best of my ability; and that is all there is to it. Theodore Roosevelt