Theodore Roosevelt Quote

I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

This is the first known use of this phrase, which became a signature motto of Roosevelt's after he used it in a speech as Vice-President at the Minnesota State Fair

Letter to Henry L. Sprague (26 January 1900)

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

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I have always been fond of the West African proverb Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

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I have always been fond of the West African proverb Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

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I have always been fond of the West African proverb Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

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I have always been fond of the West African proverb Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.