Saturday, October 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Theodore Roosevelt

Today is the 154th anniversary of the birth of Theodore "T R" Roosevelt, our 26th President and one of my favorite American characters.
A few quotes in honor of his birthday, courtesy of  the Theodore Roosevelt Association and others:

"There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility."

"We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less."

"It is no use to preach to [children] if you do not act decently yourself."
"If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful."
"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."

"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."

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

A photo of me, standing by the Theodore Roosevelt memorial on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, DC.

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