U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt Quotes From and About Teddy

About the U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, quotes, quotations, and sayings from and about Teddy.


26th President




"There is a homely adage that runs: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.'"

"I am as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit."

"The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything."

"Stand the gaff, play fair; be a good man to camp out with."

"A poet may do far more for a country than the owner of a nail factory."

"McKinley shows all the backbone of a chocolate eclair."

"The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead."

"No triumph of peace is quite so great as the supreme triumphs of war."

Concerning his Brazilian expedition: "I had to go. It was my last chance to be a boy."

"No President has ever enjoyed himself as much as I."


"Don't any of you realize there's only one life between that madman and the Presidency?"--Republican National Chairman Mark Hanna, as TR was nominated for vice-president

"Now look! That damned cowboy is President of the United States!"--Mark Hanna, after McKinley's assassination

"When Theodore attends a wedding he wants to be the bride and when he attends a funeral he wants to be the corpse."--A relative

"My, but Uncle Ted is bully! He never asked me to wash once."--One of TR's nephews, after returning from a camping trip with the President

"You must always remember that the President is about six."--Cecil Spring-Rice, the British ambassador

"To President Roosevelt we ascribe that quality that medieval theology assigned to God--he was pure act."--Henry Adams

"He was the prism through which the light of day took on more colors than could be seen in anybody else's company."--William Hard

"You had to hate the Colonel a whole lot to keep from loving him."--Irvin Cobb

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