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" There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build, and keep at a pitch of the highest training, a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will... "
Masterpieces of Eloquence: Famous Orations of Great World Leaders from Early ... - Page 10896
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Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the ...

Gail Bederman - 2008 - 322 pages
...the meaning of the "big stick" in terms of manhood and the proper way to assert the power of a man: "A good many of you are probably acquainted with the...back of the softness there does not lie strength, power."75 Just as a manly man avoided bluster, relying instead on his selfevident masculine strength...
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Deutschland, safe for democracy?: deutsch-amerikanische Beziehungen aus dem ...

Johannes Reiling - 1997 - 461 pages
...Americas. [Annual Message to Congress vom 3. 12. 1901.] [2 ...] There is a homely old adage which runs: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. ' If the American nation will speak softly and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly...
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After the Shooting Stops: The Aftermath of War

Kathlyn Gay, Martin Gay - 1998 - 128 pages
...President Roosevelt soon issued, and often repeated, his now famous statement adapted from an African proverb: "Speak softly, and carry a big stick; you will go far." Roosevelt used his "big stick" to push through plans proposed for decades to build a canal through...
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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia

Merriam-Webster, Inc - 2000 - 1792 pages
...ğRoosevelt to describe the assertion of US dominance as a moral imperative. It was taken from an African proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." Roosevelt first used it when he asked Congress for money to increase US naval preparedness to support...
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the American Presidents

Patrick Sauer - 2000 - 428 pages
...as governor in New York, that Roosevelt told a friend, "I have always been fond of the West African proverb: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick— you will go far."* Roosevelt used it in a response to Tom Platt, the head of the New York State Republican machine. The...
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American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy

Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich, Director Center for International Relations Andrew J Bacevich - 2002 - 302 pages
...that the danger of hubris looms large. CHAPTER 5 FULL SPECTRUM There is a homely adage which runs, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly...
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The Wisdom of Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt - 2003 - 192 pages
...William Can/ Sanger, October 8, 1901, Letters A Big Stick I have always been fond of the West African proverb: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If I had not carried the big stick the organization would not have gotten behind me, and if I had yelled...
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The New York Chronology: The Ultimate Compendium of Events, People, and ...

James Trager - 2010 - 944 pages
...1902). 1300 Gov. Roosevelt writes in a letter January 26, "I have always been fond of the West African proverb, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.' " Joseph Pulitzer's New-York World reports on its front page April 4 that the price of block ice will...
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America in the Twentieth Century

Marshall Cavendish Corporation - 2002 - 1800 pages
...called to the proof to be unable to make such boasting good. There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build, and keep a pitch of the highest training, a thoroughly...
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The Forging of the American Empire: From the Revolution to Vietnam: A ...

Sidney Lens, Howard Zinn - 2003 - 464 pages
...Rider, defined his approach in vigorous terms: "I have always been fond," he said, "of the West African proverb: 'Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.'" William Howard Taft, amiable and direct, called for "dollar diplomacy"—substituting "dollars for...
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