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Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

“I am only an average man, but by George, I work harder at it than the average man.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” | Theodore 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 Roosevelt

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in that gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” | Theodore 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, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on” | Theodore Roosevelt

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… 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 Roosevelt

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“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“I am a part of everything that I have read.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!” | Theodore Roosevelt

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“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“If given the choice between Righteousness and Peace, I choose Righteousness.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Our aim is not to do away with corporations; on the contrary, these big aggregations are an inevitable development of modern industrialism, and the effort to destroy them would be futile unless accomplished in ways that would work the utmost mischief to the entire body politic. We can do nothing of good in the way of regulating and supervising these corporations until we fix clearly in our minds that we are not attacking the corporations, but endeavoring to do away with any evil in them. We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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“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.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come he is ready.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world… The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“In life, as in football, the principle to follow is to hit the line hard.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“90% of the work in this country is done by people who don’t feel good.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The worst of all fears is the fear of living” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“I am a strong individualist by personal habit, inheritance, and conviction; but it is a mere matter of common sense to recognize that the State, the community, the citizens acting together, can do a number of things better than if they were left to individual action.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teaching were removed.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“If there is one tendency of the day which more than any other is unhealthy and undesirable, it is the tendency to deify mere “smartness,” unaccompanied by a sense of moral accountability. We shall never make our republic what it should be until as a people we thoroughly understand and put in practice the doctrine that success is abhorrent if attained by the sacrifice of the fundamental principles of morality.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“A great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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“There is quite enough sorrow and shame and suffering and baseness in real life, and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“No man is above the law, and no man is below it.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“All the resources we need are in the mind. ” | Theodore Roosevelt

“For those who fight for it life has a flavor the sheltered will never know” | Theodore Roosevelt

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss … The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The longer I live the more I think of the quality of fortitude… men who fall, pick themselves up and stumble on, fall again, and are trying to get back up when they die.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Any man who tries to excite class hatred, sectional hate, hate of creeds, any kind of hatred in our community, though he may affect to do it in the interest of the class he is addressing, is in the long run with absolute certainly that class’s own worst enemy.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“We are the heirs of the ages” | Theodore Roosevelt

“In foreign affairs we must make up our minds that, whether we wish it or not, we are a great people and must play a great part in the world. It is not open to us to choose whether we will play that great part or not. We have to play it. All we can decide is whether we shall play it well or ill.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Nine tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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“The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“It tires me to talk to rich men. You expect a man of millions, the head of a great industry, to be a man worthhearing; but as a rule they don’t know anything outside their own business.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided, but NEVER hit softly.” | Theodore 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 Roosevelt

“Look Toward the stars but keep your feet firmly on the ground.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Although not a very old man, I have yet lived a great deal in my life, and I have known sorrow too bitter and joy too keen to allow me to become either cast down or elated for more than a very brief period over any success or defeat.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“the most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature is as real a misfortune as the lack of power to take joy in books” | Theodore Roosevelt

“I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Americanism is a question of principle, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace, or creed, or line of descent.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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“We should not forget that it will be just as important to our descendants to be prosperous in their time as it is to us to be prosperous in our time.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“It may be true that he travels farthest who travels alone, but the goal thus reached is not worth reaching.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“I have a perfect horror of words that are not backed up by deeds.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“It is better to have it and need it, than to need it and not have it.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and commonsense.”… “We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less.””The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“And it is through strife and the readiness for strife that a man or a nation must win greatness. So, let the world know that we are here and willing to pour out our blood, our treasure, our tears. And that America is ready and if need be desirous of battle” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Our government, National and State, must be freed from the sinister influence or control of special interests. Exactly as the special interests of cotton and slavery threatened our political integrity before the Civil War, so now the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.” | Theodore Roosevelt

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“There is not one among us in whom a devil does not dwell; at some time, on some point, that devil masters each of us… It is not having been in the Dark House, but having left it, that counts.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“The great corporations which we have grown to speak of rather loosely as trusts are the creatures of the State, and the State not only has the right to control them, but it is duty bound to control them wherever the need of such control is shown.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“It was a pleasure to deal with a man of high ideals, who scorned everything mean and base, and who possessed those robust and hardy qualities of body and mind, for the lack of which no merely negative virtue can ever atone.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“There is quite enough sorrow and shame and suffering and baseness in real life and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction. As Police Commissioner it was my duty to deal with all kinds of squalid misery and hideous and unspeakable infamy, and I should have been worse than a coward if I had shrunk from doing what was necessary; but there would have been no use whatever in my reading novels detailing all this misery and squalor and crime, or at least in reading them as a steady thing. Now and then there is a powerful but sad story which really is interesting and which really does good; but normally the books which do good and the books which healthy people find interesting are those which are not in the least of the sugar-candy variety, but which, while portraying foulness and suffering when they must be portrayed, yet have a joyous as well as a noble side.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“No ability, no strength and force, no power of intellect or power of wealth, shall avail us, if we have not the root of right living in us.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“We want men who will fix their eyes on the stars, but who will not forget that their feet must walk on the ground.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” | Theodore Roosevelt

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” | Theodore Roosevelt


 

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