"A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Theodore Roosevelt on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Theodore Roosevelt on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Theodore Roosevelt on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Theodore Roosevelt on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Theodore Roosevelt on Joseph Stalin
"Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young."
"The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead."
"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."
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."