Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
Theodore Roosevelt, 1916
The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.
Theodore Roosevelt, Labor Day speech at Syracuse, NY, Sept 7, 1903 ("Theodore Rex" - Edmund Morris)
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt, Speech in New York, September 7, 1903
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong - is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
Good old Teddy, it wasn’t so long ago that he was our president, and he was certainly a great one. This man had what in today’s current terminology is called: balls. With words like speak softly and carry a large stick, this man didn’t fool around. I found the above quotes of his while searching for another one of his about conservation, and I couldn’t resist posting them. He was president just over a hundred years ago, but what he said then is probably truer today than at any other time in history.
Did he predict today?