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Autobiography

“It was still the Wild West in those days, the Far West, the West of Owen Wister’s stories and Frederic Remington’s drawings, the West of the Indian and the buffalo-hunter, the soldier and the cow-puncher . . . It was a land of vast silent spaces, of lonely rivers, and of plains where the wild game stared at the passing horseman. It was a land of scattered ranches, of herds of long-horned cattle, and of reckless riders who unmoved looked in the eyes of life or of death. In that land we led a free and hardy life, with horse and with rifle. We worked under the scorching midsummer sun, when the wide plains shimmered and wavered in the heat; and we knew the freezing misery of riding night guard round the cattle in the late fall round-up. In the soft springtime the stars were glorious in our eyes each night before we fell asleep; and in the winter we rode through blinding blizzards, when the driven snow-dust burnt our faces . . . We knew toil and hardship and hunger and thirst; and we saw men die violent deaths as they worked among the horses and cattle, or fought in evil feuds with one another; but we felt the beat of hardy life in our veins, and ours was the glory of work and the joy of living.”

Theodore Roosevelt

    “You had to hate the Colonel a whole lot to keep from loving him.”

Irwin S. Cobb

    “You go to the White House, you shake hands with Roosevelt and hear him talk – and then go home to wring the personality out of your clothes.”

Richard Washburn Child

    “He had that quality which the Medieval Theologians assigned to God – he was pure act.”

Henry Adams

    “The only trouble I ever had in managing him [when TR was U.S. Civil Service Commissioner] was that he wanted to put an end to all the evil in the world between sunrise and sunset.”

President Benjamin Harrison

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Theodore Roosevelt

    "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, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows 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

    "I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism; and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master. "

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Theodore Roosevelt

    "I am as strong as a bull moose. You may use me as you will."

Theodore Roosevelt

    “Nine tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.”

Theodore Roosevelt

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