Walk Loud and Carry a Soft Stick

Okay, so maybe that’s not how the speech went when Vice-President Roosevelt delivered it. But I like to grab your attention! Saying a popular quote completely wrong is sure to accomplish that.

What does the real quote walk softly and carry a big stick mean to you? I’ve talked to others about this before, and the answers actually vary slightly. That’s one of the things I love about our community. Even when we agree on something, we still have differences in exactly what we’re thinking and saying. One of the best parts of my day is always reading what you guys are up to, what you’re thinking and feeling about things going on in the world. If you’re not making time to read the content others are pushing out, you are definitely missing out.

7 thoughts on “Walk Loud and Carry a Soft Stick”

  1. I think the phrase “walk softly and carry a big stick” means that you should never walk into a battle head-on, but be willing to fight your own battles once it has begun. Roosevelt, as far as I can tell from reading my history books, was a man of peace, but also a man of action if and when the time called for it. To quote another hackney-patriotic phrase, Roosevelt believed that you “had to stand for something, or fall for anything.”

  2. Both my PC and printer are HP products. The PC is an
    HP Pavilion a1410n and the printer is an
    HP Officejet All-in-One OJ6210.
    Both have performed flawlessly, but what I like most about HP is the support services. I’m an 80 year old retired Professional Engineer and although I consider myself computer literate, whenever I required assistance or had a question the HP support people were on the ball with hand holding service. I would stick to HP for any future computer needs.

  3. Both my PC and printer are HP products. The PC is an
    HP Pavilion a1410n and the printer is an
    HP Officejet All-in-One OJ6210.
    Both have performed flawlessly, but what I like most about HP is the support services. I’m an 80 year old retired Professional Engineer and although I consider myself computer literate, whenever I required assistance or had a question the HP support people were on the ball with hand holding service. I would stick to HP for any future computer needs.

  4. I’m pretty sure that’s *speak* softly and carry a big stick! As in, be quiet, calm, and reserved in your manner, but let everyone know you have power and just might use it.

  5. I think that “walk softly and carry a big stick” to me means that your calm and patient but are very powerfull.

    ( I don’t think posting more about the HP laptop give away will increase your chance Martin , its just annoying.. )

  6. I always thought “Speak softly and carry a big stick” was something either Bill Clinton or Clarence Thomas had said…

  7. There’s another version of this comment to be found in Dawn of War. “Walk softly and carry a big gun.”

    Same idea. Some folks are reluctant to listen, despite the fact that they’ve twice as many ears as they do mouths.

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