It is delightful at all times, but I think especially so after dark. The monument stands up distinct but not quite earthly in the night, and at this season the air is sweet with the jasmine and honeysuckle.

Theodore Roosevelt's Letters to His Children (1919), ed. by Joseph Bucklin Bishop, on Washington, D.C.; letter to Joel Chandler Harris, June 9, 1902

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Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither.

Inaugural address, March 4, 1905

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.

The timid man, the lazy man, the man who distrusts his country, the over-civilized man, who has lost the great fighting, masterful virtues, the ignorant man, and the man of dull mind, whose soul is incapable of feeling the mighty lift that thrills “stern men with empires in their brains”

"The Strenuous Life", speech before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899.

There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. 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 achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.