The widespread use of 'speak softly and carry a big stick' began with American president Theodore Roosevelt.
Roosevelt was often depicted in cartoons wielding his â€œbig stickâ€ and pushing. This belief, and his strategy of â€œspeaking softly and carrying a big stick,â€ shaped .
Speak softly and carry a big stick. A proverb quoted by Theodore Roosevelt as a brief statement of his approach to foreign policy.
Big Stick policy, in American history, policy popularized and named by Theodore. for a West African proverb, â€œSpeak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.. by the press, especially in cartoons, to refer particularly to his foreign policy; .