The above crowd had gathered to see Rough Rider, Teddy Roosevelt, who came "stumping" through
Pittsfield for his presidential election. During this trip, one of his body guards was killed in an automobile
accident on South Street near the Pittsfield Country Club. Roosevelt was famous for his inspiring wisdoms. He
valued EFFORT, SELF-RELIANCE, and INTEGRITY.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are!"
It is a great saying for
all to live by... including the The City.
The Man In The Ring!
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the
strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the
arena, whose faceis marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again,
because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends
himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best,knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if
he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew
neither victory nor defeat."
Source: Speech at the Sorbonne,
Paris, April 23, 1910
Other TR Quotes
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 better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs,
even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live
in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and
resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance
to work hard at work worth doing.
you can and you're halfway there.
With self-discipline most anything is possible.
your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first,
the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within 5 years
to learn English or leave the country.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know
whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car;
but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president...
is morally treasonable to the American public.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader
leads, and the boss drives.
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible
government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is
good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character
of the user.
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much
about what I think of what I do! That is character!
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for
most of your troubles, you wouldn't sit for a month.