A quote from Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt Quote:

“I was fortunate enough in having a father whom I have always been able to regard as an ideal man. It sounds a little like cant to say what I am going to say, but he really did combine the strength and courage and will and energy of the strongest man with the tenderness, cleanness and purity of a woman. I was a sickly and timid boy. He not only took great and untiring care of me—some of my earliest remembrances are of nights when he would walk up and down with me for an hour at a time in his arms when I was a wretched mite suffering acutely with asthma—but he also most wisely refused to coddle me, and made me feel that I must force myself to hold my own with other boys and prepare to do the rough work of the world. I cannot say that he ever put it into words, but he certainly gave me the feeling that I was always to be both decent and manly, and that if I were manly nobody would laugh at my being decent.”

Vintage sepia tone portrait of Theodore Roosevelt taken circa 1904. He's wearing a three piece suit, pince-nez glasses, and his hair is neatly combed with a part on the side and a mustuche.
Theodore Roosevelt, circa 1904

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Portrait of President Teddy Roosevelt taken circa 1904 – “President Roosevelt.” Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Foundation, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_Roosevelt_-_Pach_Bros_(cropped).jpg / Theodore Roosevelt, Pres. U.S., -1919. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2002718198/>.


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