Dreams are a dime a dozen. it’s their execution that counts. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Practical equality of opportunity for all citizens, when we achieve it, will have two great results. First, every man will have a fair chance to make of himself all that in him lies; to reach the highest point to which his capacities, unassisted by special privilege of his own and unhampered by the special privilege of others, can carry him, and to get for himself and his family substantially what he has earned. Second, equality of opportunity means that the commonwealth will get from every citizen the highest service of which he is capable. No man who carries the burden of the special privileges of another can give to the commonwealth that service to which it is fairly entitled. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

We cordially believe in the rights of property. We think that normally and in the long run the rights of humanity, coincide with the rights of property… But we feel that if in exceptional cases there is any conflict between the rights of property and the rights of man, then we must stand for the rights of man. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

I am no advocate of senseless and excessive cramming in studies, but a boy should work, and should work hard, at his lessons — in the first place, for the sake of what he will learn, and in the next place, for the sake of the effect upon his own character of resolutely settling down to learn it. Shiftlessness, slackness, indifference in studying, are almost certain to mean inability to get on in other walks of life. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

There has never yet been a person in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

To befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business & corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

It is a mere truism to say that every nation, whether in America or anywhere else, which desires to maintain its freedom, its independence, must ultimately realize that the right of such independence cannot be separated from the responsibility of making good use of it. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

It is no use to preach to children if you do not act decently yourself. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

 

Life means change; where there is no change, death comes. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

At times a man must cut loose from his associates and stand alone for a great cause; but the necessity for such action is almost as rare as the necessity for revolution. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

 

Credit should go with the performance of duty, and not with what is very often the accident of glory. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

More and more it is evident that the State, and if necessary the nation, has got to possess the right of supervision and control as regards the great corporations which are its creatures. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

The greatest gift life has to offer is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

 

Ridicule is one of the favorite weapons of wickedness, and it is sometimes incomprehensible how good and brave boys will be influenced for evil by the jeers of associates who have no one quality that calls for respect, but who affect to laugh at the very traits which ought to be peculiarly the cause for pride. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

As regards the extraordinary prizes, the element of luck is the determining factor. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Surely our people do not understand even yet the rich heritage that is theirs. There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majesty all unmarred. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Books are almost as individual as friends. There is no earthly use in laying down general laws about them. Some meet the needs of one person, and some of another; and each person should beware of the booklover’s besetting sin, of what Mr. Edgar Allan Poe calls ‘the mad pride of intellectuality’, taking the shape of arrogant pity for the man who does not like the same kind of books. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Bodily vigor is good, and vigor of intellect is even better, but far above both is character. It is true, of course, that a genius may, on certain lines, do more than a brave and manly fellow who is not a genius; and so, in sports, vast physical strength may overcome weakness, even though the puny body may have in it the heart of a lion. But, in the long run, in the great battle of life, no brilliancy of intellect, no perfection of bodily development, will count when weighed in the balance against that assemblage of virtues, active and passive, of moral qualities, which we group together under the name of character; and if between any two contestants, even in college sport or in college work, the difference in character on the right side is as great as the difference of intellect or strength the other way, it is the character side that will win. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

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If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it keeps order and pays its obligations, it need fear no interference from the United States. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

It is out of the question for our people to rise by treading down any of their own number. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement, and, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Any man who has met with success, if he will be frank with himself, must admit that there has been a big element of fortune in the success. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

 

At the outset almost every man is frightened when he goes into action, but that the course to follow is for the man to keep such a grip on himself that he can act just as if he was not frightened. After this is kept up long enough it changes from pretense to reality, and the man does in very fact become fearless by sheer dint of practicing fearlessness when he does not feel it. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Far better is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Nothing worth having comes easy. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

 

I grew into manhood thoroughly imbued with the feeling that a man must be respected for what he made of himself. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of effort, labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not the the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

No man in public position can, under penalty of forfeiting the right to the respect of those whose regard he most values, fail as the opportunity comes to do all that in him lies for peace. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness, but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another’s keeping. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

 

 

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character! | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

I can do one of two things. I can be President of the United States or I can control Alice Roosevelt. (His 19-year-old daughter.) I cannot possibly do both. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

It is better for the Government to help a poor man to make a living for his family than to help a rich man make more profit for his company. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up with the muck-rake. | Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt