Missing Theodore Roosevelt? See Bartlett's

Missing Theodore Roosevelt? See Bartlett's
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If you were as fascinated as I was by watching Ken Burns' recent film series "The Roosevelts: an Intimate History," you might be feeling a few withdrawal symptoms after all of those great speeches. Never fear! Here are some of my favorites from Bartlett's Familiar Quotations by Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919):

"We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and the causes of disaster."

-- Speech before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899

"We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat (note the small d --editor) like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said by government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with 'the money touch,' but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawn-brokers."

-- Letter to Sir Edward Grey,  Nov. 15, 1913

(Tomorrow, I'll have some of my favorites by Franklin... sadly, Bartlett's didn't quote my very favorite, the speech about Fala.)

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  • He's one of my heroes, though I don't share his affinity for the manly virtues of war. In the second quote cited, Teddy's 'glorified pawn-brokers' anticipated FDR's 'economic royalists' term for the money class.

  • Thank you for a very good comparison between Teddy and FDR. Until this recent series, I had no idea there were so many. (Contrasts, sure, but not comparisons.)

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