portrait of Theodore Roosevelt
Portrait by B. J. Falk (1898)

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Quotes of the Day for 27 October 2004 – Teddy Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was born at New York City on this day in 1858. As governor or New York he battled the trusts and fought corruption - the political bosses hated him but couldn't stop him, so they convinced him to run for Vice President as a way to get him out of the picture. The strategy backfired: President McKinley was assassinated six months into his term. It was Teddy that called the presidency a "bully pulpit" from which to exhort Americans to action, and he didn't hesitate to use it.

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The quotes:

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

Pray not for lighter burdens but for stronger backs.

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

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.

There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
     - All from Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 - 1919

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