Top 50+Theodore Roosevelt Quotes


Who is Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt A New York governor who became the 26th U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt is remembered for his foreign policy, corporate reforms and ecological preservation.

Theodore Roosevelt was governor of New York before becoming U.S. vice president. At age 42, Roosevelt became the youngest man to assume the U.S. presidency after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901. He won a second term in 1904. Known for his anti-monopoly policies and ecological conservationism, Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending the Russo-Japanese War.

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

1. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are

2. Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground

3. Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care

4. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing

5. Believe you can and you’re halfway there

6. Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing

7. Far better is it 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 a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat

8. No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it

9. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month

10. With self-discipline most anything is possible

11. The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything

12. To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society

13. Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far

14. I am a part of everything that I have read

15. It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things

16. The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people

17. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed

18. A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user

19. A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad

20. The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight

21. The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead

22. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life

23. We can have no ’50-50′ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all

24. A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education

25. A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards

26. People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives

27. The government is us; we are the government, you and I

28. 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

29. Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive

30. Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike

31. Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young

32. Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind

33. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones

34. Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster

35. I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also

36. Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering

37. The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice

38. The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it

39. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public

40. When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it

41. Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved

42. The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly

43. Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time

44. The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats

45. Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft

46. When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all

47. The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits

48. Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it

49. Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past

50. Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage

51. I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being

52. hen they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not guilty.

53. Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big

54. 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.

55. No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause

56. Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering

57. Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country

58. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor

59. The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants

60. I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head


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