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Theodore Roosevelt (Character)
from "Law of the Plainsman" (1959)

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"Rough Riders" (1997)
Theodore Roosevelt: Will you be so kind, Mr Crane, with your camera, to take a picture of this regiment on this glorious hill, for we will always live in its shadow.

Theodore Roosevelt: When we were good, and not misbehaving, she made us cheese grits!

Theodore Roosevelt: [frustrated and waving a pistol as a captured German provides instructions on how to use a machine gun] I can see it feeds from the right!

Theodore Roosevelt: If it were up to me, we'd drive every European flag from this Hemisphere at bayonet point!
Mademoiselle Adler: Mon dieu, help me, I feel faint.
Edith Roosevelt: Feel free. By all means, fall right over!

Theodore Roosevelt: [greeting dignitaries at a party] Oh, more good Republicans!

Col. Leonard Wood: [examining an account of the Battle of Manila Bay] He was your appointment, was he not?
Theodore Roosevelt: Oh, I had a hand in it!
Col. Leonard Wood: And it was your plan to have Dewey coal his warships and set sail for Manila Bay.
Theodore Roosevelt: Secretary Long was on vacation in New England.
Col. Leonard Wood: So, YOU took the initiative?
Theodore Roosevelt: I suppose so... But that Commodore Dewey was like a wolfhound slipped from the leash, wasn't he, Leonard?
Col. Leonard Wood: I suppose he was, Theodore... And Roosevelt is like a young second lieutenant: Ambitious, often overreaching, frequently insubordinate, brash... but, successful - this time. Don't try it with me!

Col. Leonard Wood: All in all, Theodore, you're shaping up to be a competent officer. Don't let it go to your head.
Theodore Roosevelt: No, sir. I shall not do that!

Theodore Roosevelt: [after being wounded by Spanish artillery] Like a hornet sting! YOU'LL HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN THAT!

Theodore Roosevelt: [trying to convince Wood to be Colonel of the Rough Riders] Come on, Leonard, you already know you're going. Why not at the head of the wildest mad cap regiment since the Mongols rode the Steppes?
Col. Leonard Wood: Theodore, do you know that you're mad?
Edith Roosevelt: Well, it's never bothered him before...

Newsman: Colonel Roosevelt, what do you think of this regiment, the Rough Riders?
Theodore Roosevelt: I think this regiment could whip Caesar's Tenth Legion! I think they could ride with Genghis Khan! They are the best examples of American manhood. We have cowboys, Ivy Leaguers, football players, polo players, bronco busters, New York City policemen... and one man, I regret to say, who used to work for the Internal Revenue Service!


Night at the Museum (2006)
Teddy Roosevelt: I'm made of wax, Larry. What are you made of?

Teddy Roosevelt: [after seeing Larry slapping Dexter] Good Lord, Lawrence! Why are you slapping a monkey?

Larry: [looks up at Dexter] Hey, Dex, so, look. No hard feelings, all right?
Teddy Roosevelt: [Dexter slaps Larry in the forehead and Larry raises his clipboard to hit him] Lawrence!
Larry: You saw - you saw what he did just then...
Teddy Roosevelt: [interupting him] Who's evolved?
Larry: I am.
Teddy Roosevelt: Who's evolved?
Larry: I am!

Teddy Roosevelt: Bully!

Teddy Roosevelt: Some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.

Teddy Roosevelt: Stop babbling, boy!

Teddy Roosevelt: [after being cut in half by a stagecoach] Oh. That's problematic.

Teddy Roosevelt: Larry, relax! I'm wax!

Teddy Roosevelt: Anything's posible Lawrence. If it can be dreamed, it can be done. Hence the twenty-foot jackal staring right at you.
[Larry starts to look]
Teddy Roosevelt: Don't make eye contact!


The Wind and the Lion (1975)
John Hay: Theodore! You are dangerous. You might even shoot somebody - accidentally I mean.
Theodore Roosevelt: John, I'd never shoot anyone accidentally. I need their votes.
John Hay: Madness!

Theodore Roosevelt: America wants Pedicaris alive, or Raisuli dead!

Theodore Roosevelt: What do I want? I want respect! Respect for human life and respect for American property! And I'm going to send the Atlantic Squadron to Morocco to get that respect.
John Hay: That's illegal.
Theodore Roosevelt: Why spoil the beauty of the thing with legality?

Theodore Roosevelt: The American grizzly is a symbol of the American character: strength, intelligence, ferocity. Maybe a little blind and reckless at times... but courageous beyond all doubt. And one other trait that goes with all previous.
2nd Reporter: And that, Mr. President?
Theodore Roosevelt: Loneliness. The American grizzly lives out his life alone. Indomitable, unconquered - but always alone. He has no real allies, only enemies, but none of them as great as he.
2nd Reporter: And you feel this might be an American trait?
Theodore Roosevelt: Certainly. The world will never love us. They respect us - they might even grow to fear us. But they will never love us, for we have too much audacity! And, we're a bit blind and reckless at times too.
2nd Reporter: Are you perhaps referring to the situation in Morocco and the Panama Canal.
Theodore Roosevelt: If you say so... The American grizzly embodies the spirit of America. He should be our symbol! Not that ridiculous eagle - he's nothing more than a dandified vulture.

John Hay: Not having any, Mr. President?
Theodore Roosevelt: Oh, no cake for me, John, birthday or no. Have to remain fit and trim, vigorous and active. After all, this Raisuli fellow is reputed to be over fifty and still a formidable brigand.
John Hay: Well, you might well make a formidable brigand yourself. You've made a good start in life, and we all have high hopes for you - when you grow up! And now I shall have some of your cake. "Let them eat cake" - thank you!
Theodore Roosevelt: Not good for you, John - neither are those cigars.
John Hay: At my age, I can afford it.

Theodore Roosevelt: [to Hay, while boxing] You know as well as I do that we can't have Arab desperadoes running around kidnapping American citizens. If I had my way, I'd go in there with a couple of Winchesters, a batallion of Marines - but, I can't do that, can I?
John Hay: [breaks up Roosevelt and his opponent] No.
Theodore Roosevelt: Has this Raspuli-?
John Hay: Raisuli.
Theodore Roosevelt: Raspuli, Raisuli, whatever - has he made any terms?
John Hay: No.
Theodore Roosevelt: Good - that gives us an excuse!

John Hay: [on Raisuli] He kidnapped a British consul once, but they became friends and he sent him back - he spat on the blood money.
Theodore Roosevelt: Spat on it?
John Hay: Yes. There've been others, though - Spanish and French emissaries.
Theodore Roosevelt: Did he send them back too?
John Hay: Parts of them.
Theodore Roosevelt: Parts of them? Obviously he has NO RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE!
[said as he KO's his opponent]

Theodore Roosevelt: Gentlemen, nothing in this world is certain - absolutely nothing. The fate of the nation will be decided by the American people in November, and the fate of Morocco will be decided tomorrow by me. And now, if you don't mind, I'd just like to be alone with my bear!

Theodore Roosevelt: [examining a rifle he has received for his birthday] You can be sure that Raisuli fellow has a rifle that fits him. Those people know the value of a good weapon. The rifle is the very soul of the Arab.
President's Aide: Raisuli's a Berber, Mr. President.
Theodore Roosevelt: It goes double for Berbers!


Teddy the Rough Rider (1940)
Theodore Roosevelt: I would rather have this administration fail because it enforced the laws than succeed by violating them.

Theodore Roosevelt: [to representatives of real estate interests] If improving the living conditions of the poor means working against you, I've only just begun.

Theodore Roosevelt: [to President McKinley] ... only that nation that's prepared for peace that knows how to fight. Speak softly but carry a big stick!

Theodore Roosevelt: A man always has two reasons for what he does, a good one and the real one.

Theodore Roosevelt: [after being nominated as Vice-President] I feel like a man who's been sentenced to solitary confinement.

Senator Platt: Of course, you'll always consult us on policy.
Theodore Roosevelt: Always!... and then Ill do exactly what I think is right!

Theodore Roosevelt: I shall treat every man on his merits as a man. The doors to the White House will swing open just as easily for the poor as for the rich. The labor unions and the corporations will have a Square Deal, but, most important, the private citizen will have a Square Deal!

[last lines]
Theodore Roosevelt: [dictates speech to his secretary] There can be no compromise in the fight for Americanism. I am confident that our people will work hand-in-hand with any public man who, in good faith, does all that is possible to see that the United States so conducts herself as a nation as to conserve the honor, the institutions, and the peaceful welfare of her own citizens. Our next business will be to help guarantee the peace of justice for the world at large. There cannot be, there must no be, a repetition of the crime against Belgium. I am antibrutality. I should protest this strongly against wrongdoing by any foreign power. The little nations of the earth have a right to live, and if civilization is to endure, the great nations must respect that right. Let us unite in the one great endeavor of achieving an enduring peace with all the world. But let us not forget that the surest promise of that peace lies in our constant preparedness to meet all eventualities from without, and to combat and destroy all subversive elements working from within. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says that he is an American and seeks to promote foreign isms within our borders is not a true American. We have room for but one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language, the language of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. And we have room for but one loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.


Night at the Museum 3 (2014)
Sir Lancelot: Sir Lancelot, at your service.
Teddy Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States of America.
Sir Lancelot: I have no idea what that means.

[from trailer]
Teddy Roosevelt: Never run from a big cat, Lawrence.
[Larry turns on his flashlight to make the lion statues chase it]
Jedediah: You can't ambush me with that kinda cute!

Teddy Roosevelt: We're ready.
Larry Daley: I'm not.
Teddy Roosevelt: Let us go, son.

[Teddy's final words and the last lines spoken by Robin Williams on camera too]
Teddy Roosevelt: Smile, my boy. It's sunrise.

Teddy Roosevelt: You're done your job. It's time for your next adventure!
Larry Daley: I have no idea what I'm going to do tomorrow.
Teddy Roosevelt: [reassuring] How exciting.


"The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: British East Africa, September 1909 (#1.3)" (1992)
Teddy Roosevelt: [to Indy] I can see you're going to be quite a marksman. Always remember: guns should only be used in order to survive.

Teddy Roosevelt: Beasts such as these belong in a museum, for everyone to share.
Frederick Selous: Besides, it's wonderful sport.
[raises his glass]

Teddy Roosevelt: Bully for you!


Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Teddy Roosevelt: I am Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of these United States.

Larry Daley: You know how you were telling me that the key to happiness was something but then the sun came up? I think I figured it out. It's doing what you love.
Teddy Roosevelt: I was going to say diet and exercise, but the love thing's good too.

Teddy Roosevelt: Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.


Newsies (1992)
Teddy Roosevelt: Disgraceful Denty!


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Sequels (2012)
Teddy Roosevelt: Time to filibust some heads!


The Monroe Doctrine (1939)
Theodore Roosevelt: Speak softly but carry a big stick!


"Bret Maverick: Horse of Yet Another Color (#1.6)" (1982)
Mary Lou Springer: Where's the Teddy Roosevelt who came to me the other night - the man on a mission, summoned by history itself!
Congressman Theodore Roosevelt: He should be out hunting wild bears. They're safer.


The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) (TV)
Brady Hawkes: Mr. President, I'm surprised to see that you play poker in public.
President Theodore Roosevelt: Well, I wouldn't miss a chance to compete against the finest.
Sir Colin: We welcome your money, sir.
Bart Maverick: As long as it is yours and not the tax payers'.