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I read them (articles TR wrote on his honeymoon) all over to Edith and her corrections and help were most valuable to me.
If he could not go out into the world, the world could come to him.
One-time rival and subsequent usurper Secretary of State Seward finally settled into an assessment of Lincoln that, "His confidence and compassion increase every day.
Of Teddy Roosevelt and his siblings, the author writes they were, "armed with an innate curiosity and discipline fostered by his remarkable father.
He (William Howard Taft) had little patience with the unconscious arrogance of conscious wealth and financial success.
One journalist complemented another that his article on a dispute, "had made both sides see themselves as they are.
People will love him (Theodore Roosevelt) for the enemies he has made.
I hope to stand firm enough not to go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
According to his habit, Theodore Roosevelt sought to harness anxiety through action.
The habit of mobility had become ingrained.
Go ahead, and fear not. You will have a full library at your service.
She feared that she would become a slave to superficial, symbolic duties.
She was never satisfied with anything less than perfection, but she was no grind. She was too interested in people.
The Yale graduate who had refused to read outside the course curriculum (the future Pres. Taft) suddenly found himself inspired.
If he (Teddy Roosevelt) lacked Will Taft's immediate charisma, gradually his classmates could not resist the spell of his highly original personality.
(Theodore) Roosevelt confessed early fascination with "girls'stories" such as Little Man and Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl.
Edith (the future Mrs. Teddy Roosevelt) developed a lifelong devotion to drama and poetry. "I have gone back to Shakespeare, as I always do, " she would write seven decades later.
As ever, books remained a medium through which Theodore and Edith connected and interpreted larger world.
Theodore Roosevelt's father wrote him, "I fear for your future. We cannot stand so corrupt a government for any great length of time.
We are now parents. The love for our offspring has opened up fresh fountains of love for each other. Edwin Stanton to his wife.
Lincoln, considering a Cabinet nominee: "He is a Radical without the petulance and fretfulness of many radicals.
That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.
Teddy Roosevelt "had relished "every hour" of every day as president. Indeed, (he was) fearing the "dull thud" he would experience upon returning to private life.
In the reflected gaze of his (her husband's) steady admiration, she saw the face of the girl he had fallen in love with.
I liked the thought that the book I was now holding had been held by dozens of others.
Excitement about things became a habit, a part of my personality, and the expectation that I should enjoy new experiences often engendered the enjoyment itself.
The American people are strange in their attitudes toward their idols, " he (Taft) mused. They lead them on and then "cut their legs from under them, " simply "to make their fall all the greater.
Those who knew Lincoln described him as an extraordinarily funny man. Humor was an essential aspect of his temperament. He laughed, he explained, so he did not weep.