Why Bull Moose
Theodore Roosevelt’s dedication to social and humanitarian causes, leadership and wisdom serve as an inspiration to Bull Moose Group as it counsels not for profit organizations in fulfilling their missions and enriching our lives and our communities.
In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt formed the Progressive Party, a new political party dedicated to achieving social and economic justice. It was nicknamed the Bull Moose Party when, despite receiving a bullet in his chest from a would-be assassin, Roosevelt continued to deliver his campaign speech and proclaimed that “it takes more than that to kill a bull moose.”
Theodore Roosevelt conducted his life in accordance with a strict ethical code and was passionate about political reform, social legislation and conservation of environmental resources. He was a man with powerful ideas, and when combined with intellect, leadership skills and sense of commitment, resulted in an extraordinary and multi-faceted career in public service.
His positions and accomplishments were incredible, given his short life time of sixty years. He was a New York State assemblyman, a rancher in the North Dakota Bad Lands, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, the New York City Police Commissioner, assistant secretary of the Navy, the leader of the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War, the governor of New York and the President of the United States for eight years.
Being so often in the public eye, he was afforded the opportunity to communicate his thoughts, ideas and ideals in speeches and writings. They were filled with pearls of wisdom and his memorable catch phrases are among the most quoted in connection with leadership, governance and social reform programs.
Quotations from the speeches and other works of Theodore Roosevelt
“The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.”
-Address to the Deep Waterway Convention, Memphis, TN, October 4, 1907
“There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.”
-Pasadena, CA, May 8, 1903
“A man is worthless unless he has in him a lofty devotion to an ideal, and he is worthless also unless he strives to realize this ideal by practical methods.”
-The Outlook, July 28, 1900
“The good citizen is the man who, whatever his wealth or his poverty, strives manfully to do his duty to himself, to his family, to his neighbor, to the state; who is incapable of the baseness which manifests itself either in arrogance or envy, but who while demanding justice for himself is no less scrupulous to offer justice to others.”
-New York State Fair, Syracuse September 7, 1903