Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Theodore Roosevelt Jr., commonly known as Teddy or by his initials, T. R., was a multifaceted American figure. He held diverse roles as a politician, statesman, soldier, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer, and he assumed the office of the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. Wikipedia

“By acting as if I was not afraid, I gradually ceased to be afraid.” ~ 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

“Life brings sorrows and joys alike. It is what a man does with them – not what they do to him – that is the true test of his mettle.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one’s sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Oh, if only I could be President and Congress, too, just for ten minutes.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The establishment of the National Park Service is justified by considerations of good administration, of the value of natural beauty as a National asset, and of the effectiveness of outdoor life and recreation in the production of good citizenship.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“From the greatest to the smallest, happiness and usefulness are largely found in the same soul, and the joy of life is won in its deepest and truest sense only by those who have not shirked life’s burdens.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The dull, purblind folly of the very rich men, their greed and arrogance, and the corruption in business and politics, have tended to produce a very unhealthy condition.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Give a man a soccer ball, he plays for a moment. Teach a man to play soccer, he plays for a life time.” ~ Theodore 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 Roosevelt

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Men with the muckrake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Freedom is not a gift which can be enjoyed save by those shown themselves worthy of it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“To hell with the Constitution when people want coal!” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Get action. Do things; be sane; don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We do not admire the man of timid peace. We admire the man who embodies victorious effort; the man who never wrongs his neighbor, who is prompt to help a friend, but who has those virile qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.” ~ 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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Nowhere, not at sea, does a man feel more lonely than when riding over the far-reaching, seemingly never-ending plains…” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Conservation of our resources is the fundamental question before this nation, and that our first and greatest task is to set our house in order and begin to live within our means.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We face the future with our past and our present as guarantors of our promises; and we are content to stand or to fall by the record which we have made and are making.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The wolf is the arch type of ravin, the beast of waste and desolation.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Every Man owes some of his time to the upbuilding of the profession to which he belongs.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell them, “Certainly I can!”. Then get busy and find out how to do it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Nothing is gained by debate on non-debatable subjects.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home.” ~ 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

“Far better it 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 neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The fool who has not sense to discriminate between what is good and what is bad is well nigh as dangerous as the man who does discriminate and yet chooses the bad.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Where a trust becomes a monopoly the state has an immediate right to interfere.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ 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

“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“At sometime in our lives a devil dwells within us, causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is need of a sound body, and even more need of a sound mind. But above mind and above body stands character-the sum of those qualities which we mean when we speak of a man’s force and courage, of his good faith and sense of honor.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Americanism is a question of spirit, of conviction and purpose, not creed or birthplaces. The test of our worth is the service we render.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“A leader is an average, everyday person who is highly motivated.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war…” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune-make for a finer, nobler type of manhood.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“In the long run, the most unpleasant truth is a safer companion than a pleasant falsehood.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There should be at least ten times the number of rifles in the country as there are now.” ~ 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

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

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

“Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We here in America, hold in our hands the hope of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it. Life is a great adventure, and I want to say to you, accept it in such a spirit.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The duties are even more important than the rights; and in the long run I think that the reward is ampler and greater for duty well done, than for the insistence upon individual rights.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Most of us tiptoe through life in order to make it safely to death.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with the gratitude to the Giver of good who has blessed us.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood – the virtues that made America.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“While my interest in natural history has added very little to my sum of achievement, it has added immeasurably to my sum of enjoyment in life.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. You can only mar it. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. What you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children and for all who come after you.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Argument weak; speak loudly!” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We must diligently strive to make our young men decent, God-fearing, law-abiding, honor-loving, justice-doing and also fearless and strong.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“When money comes in at the gate, sport flies out at the window.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Power always brings with it responsibility.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection.” ~ 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

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

“The worst lesson that can be taught to a man is to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I do not intend that our natural resources shall be exploited by the few against the interests of the many.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“No triumph of peace can equal the armed triumph of war.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The foes from whom we pray to be delivered are our own passions, appetites, and follies; and against these there is always need that we should war.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The nation should be ruled by the Ten Commandments.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I dream of men who take the next step instead of worrying about the next thousand steps.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The beauty and charm of the wilderness are his for the asking, for the edges of the wilderness lie close beside the beaten roads of the present travel.” ~ 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

“I am simply unable to understand the value placed by so many people upon great wealth.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“Unless the man is master of his soul all other kinds of mastery amount to little.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Burning fossil fuels is like breaking up the furniture to feed the fireplace because it’s easier than going out to the woodpile.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“With self-discipline most anything is possible.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Weasel words from mollycoddles will never do when the day demands prophetic clarity from greathearts. Manly men must emerge for this hour of trial.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“With a great moral issue involved, neutrality does not serve righteousness; for to be neutral between right and wrong is to serve wrong.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“If a man has a very decided character, has a strongly accentuated career, it is normally the case of course that he makes ardent friends and bitter enemies.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has the moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world.” ~ 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

“Success, the real success, does not depend upon the position you hold but upon how you carry yourself in that position.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Never trust a man who says he is only a little crooked, and that the crookedness is exercised in your interest.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly; who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“To sit home, read one’s favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.” ~ 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

“The Constitution was made for the people and not the people for the Constitution.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is no effort without error or shortcoming.” ~ 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

“Envy is as evil a thing as arrogance.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I do. That is character!” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The Welfare of Each of Us Is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The worst thing I can do is nothing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The woman has the right to be emancipated from the position of a drudge or a toy. She is entitled to a full equality in rights with man…” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I never keep boys waiting. It’s a hard trial for a boy to wait.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“In battle, the ONLY bullets that count are those that hit.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“In name we had the Declaration of Independence in 1776; but we gave the lie by our acts to the words of the Declaration of Independence until 1865; and words count for nothing except in so far as they represent acts.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work must no longer be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The eighth commandment reads, “Thou shalt not steal.” It does not read, “Thou shalt not steal from the rich man.” It does not read, “Thou shalt not steal from the poor man.” It reads simply and plainly, “Thou shalt not steal.”” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There are rainy days in autumn and stormy days in winter when the rocking chair in front of the fire simply demands an accompanying book.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“What I am to be, I am becoming.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“What a man does for himself, dies with him. What a man does for his community lives long after he’s gone.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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

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

“I’m as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.” ~ 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 President has ever enjoyed himself as much as I?” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Thank God for the iron in the blood of our fathers.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Death is always, under all circumstances, a tragedy, for if it is not then it means that life has become one.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The object of government is the welfare of the people. The material progress and prosperity of a nation are desirable chiefly so far as they lead to the moral and material welfare of all good citizens.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic – the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is but one answer to terrorism and it is best delivered with a Winchester rifle.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The country is the place for children, and if not the country, a city small enough so that one can get out into the country.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Every child has inside him an aching void for excitement and if we don’t fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and good for him, he will fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and which isn’t good for him.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble, and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The extermination of the buffalo has been a veritable tragedy of the animal world.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The truth is that any good modern rifle is good enough. The determining factor is the man behind the gun.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is no moral difference between gambling at cards or in lotteries or on the race track and gambling in the stock market. One method is just pernicious to the body politic as the other kind.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Your attitude about who you are and what you have is a very little thing that makes a very big difference.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Not trying is the surest way of achieving nothing at all.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“All for each, and each for all, is a good motto; but only on condition that each works with might and main to so maintain himself as not to be a burden to others.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I have often been afraid, but I would not give in to it. I made myself act as though I was not afraid and gradually my fear disappeared.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We are the heirs of the ages.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is apt to be a lunatic fringe among the votaries of any forward movement.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Constructive change offers the best method for avoiding destructive change.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“With great victory comes great sacrifice.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The sons of all of us will pay in the future if we of the present do not do justice in the present.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.” ~ 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

“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We fight in honourable fashion for the good of mankind; fearless of the future, unheeding of our individual fates, with unflinching hearts and undimmed eyes; we stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The White House is a bully pulpit.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action…” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I keep my good health by having a very bad temper, kept under good control.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“He who makes no mistakes makes no progress.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Americans learn only from catastrophe and not from experience.” ~ 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

“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Never hit if you can help it, but when you have to, hit hard. Never hit soft. You’ll never get any thanks for hitting soft.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Character is far more important than intellect in making a man a good citizen or successful at his calling- meaning by character not only such qualities as honesty and truthfulness, but courage, perseverance and self-reliance.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Avoid the base hypocrisy of condemning in one man what you pass over in silence when committed by another.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Malefactors of great wealth have arrogantly ignored the public welfare.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The greatest historian should also be a great moralist. It is no proof of impartiality to treat wickedness and goodness on the same level.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Don’t hit at all if you can help it; don’t hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a Democrat like myself must admit this.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The dreams of golden glory in the future will not come true unless, high of heart and strong of hand, by our own mighty deeds we make them come true.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men’s lives be based on the principles of the Bible. No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The biggest corporation, like the humblest private citizen, must be held to strict compliance with the will of the people as expressed in the fundamental law.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Bodily vigor is good, and vigor of intellect is even better, but far above is character.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is of little use for us to pay lip-loyalty to the mighty men of the past unless we sincerely endeavor to apply to the problems of the present precisely the qualities which in other crises enabled the men of that day to meet those crises.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Free speech exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Don’t foul, don’t flinch-hit the line hard.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“A good shot must necessarily be a good man since the essence of good marksmanship is self-control and self-control is the essential quality of a good man.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“I would a great deal rather be anything, say professor of history, than vice president.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“To educate a person without teaching ethics is to create a menace to society.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Men can never escape being governed. Either they must govern themselves or they must submit to being governed by others.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Over-sentimentality, over-softness, in fact washiness and mushiness are the great dangers of this age and of this people. Unless we keep the barbarian virtues, gaining the civilized ones will be of little avail.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“I do not believe there was ever a life more attractive than life on a cattle farm.” ~ 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

“A just war is in the long run far better for a man’s soul than the most prosperous peace.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I feel as fit as a bull moose.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing. I do the things I believe ought to be done. And when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“What such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness. This he can get only by practice.” ~ 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

“The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.” ~ 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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The lives of truest heroism are those in which there are no great deeds to look back upon. It is the little things well done that go to make up a truly successful and good life.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“McKinley has no more backbone than a chocolate eclair.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“No, I’m not a good shot, but I shoot often.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“If we are to be really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Honesty first; then courage; then brains – and all are indispensable.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is always better to be an original than an imitation.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“An Airedale can do anything any other dog can do and then whip the other dog if he has to.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Cowardice in a race, as in an individual, is the unpardonable sin.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The spirit of brotherhood recognizes of necessity both the need of self-help and also the need of helping others in the only way which every ultimately does great god, that is, of helping them to help themselves.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It’s not having been in the Dark House, but having left it that counts.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Black care rarely sits behind the rider whose pace is fast enough.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It may be that ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God’ in fifty one cases out of a hundred, but in the remaining forty nine it is quite as likely to be the voice of the devil, of, what is still worse, the voice of a fool.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The curse of every ancient civilization was that its men in the end became unable to fight. Materialism, luxury, safety, even sometimes an almost modern sentimentality, weakened the fibre of each civilized race in turn; each became in the end a nation of pacifists, and then each was trodden under foot by some ruder people that had kept that virile fighting power the lack of which makes all other virtues useless and sometimes even harmful.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.” ~ 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

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

“There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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

“The light has gone out of my life.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Certain rich men, whose lives are evil and corrupt, are the representatives of predatory wealth accumulated by all forms of inequity, from the oppression of wage workers to unfair methods of crushing out competition.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is nothing more practical than the preservation of beauty, than the preservation of anything that appeals to the higher emotions of mankind.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, lust tyranny and despotism.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Each man must work for himself, and unless he so works, no outside help can avail him.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Do Something Now. If not you, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Yes, my friend, and if you will steal for me then you will steal from me.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist.” ~ 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

“The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Work hard at work worth doing.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Profanity is the parlance of the fool. Why curse when there is such a magnificent language with which to discourse?” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It is a bad thing for a nation to raise and to admire a false standard of success; and there can be no falser standard than that set by the deification of material well-being in and for itself.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“You can’t choose your potential, but you can choose to fulfill it.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“It’s not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of the deeds could have done better.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Councils of War never fight.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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