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Theodore quotes (112)

The lunatic fringe in all reform movements.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Reform

Love ... [is] a lack of personal selfishness.
Theodore M. Burton   Category: Unsorted

Death is always and under all circumtances a tragedy for if it is not then it means that life itself has become one.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Death

You can get help from teachers but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself sitting alone in a room.
Theodore Seuss Doctor Seuss Geisel   Category: Teach

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his body to risk his well-being to risk his life in a great cause.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Risk

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You cant blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore Hesburgh   Category: Articulate

The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Politics

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists of being wise in time.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Wisdom

The very essence of leadership is [that] you have a vision. Its got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You cant blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore Hesburgh   Category: Leadership

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job tell em Certainly I can! and get busy and find out how to do it.
Theodore ROOSEVELT   Category: Job

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do somebody always imputes meaning into your books.
Theodore Seuss Doctor Seuss Geisel   Category: Book

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to and less than that no man shall have.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Military

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it youve got to start young.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Age

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   Category: Ambition

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Evil

Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them this is of the essence of leadership.
Theodore H. White   Category: Burden

Most people say that as you get old you have to give up things. I think you get old because you give up things.
Theodore Francis Green   Category: Unsorted

We have got to begin a vast reclamation project to revitalize religion for those to whom it means little or nothing. This can be done not by trying to persuade those outside the church to believe what we believe but by pointing out to them the presence of the unrecognized religion that already exists in their lives.
Theodore C. Speers D.D.   Category: Unsorted

God bless the roots! Body and soul are one.
Theodore Roethke   Category: Soul

If you make a living if you earn your own money youre free - however free one can be on this planet.
Theodore H. White   Category: Freedom

Speak softly and carry a big stick.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Walk

Courage hard work self-mastery and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Life

When they call the roll in the Senate the Senators do not know whether to answer Present or Not Guilty.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Answer

The man who holds that every human right is secondary to his profit must now give way to the advocate of human welfare.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Profit

We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: President

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   Category: Live

In the United States today we have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism.
Spiro Theodore Agnew   Category: Negativism

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   Category: Nature

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So ... get on your way.
Theodore Seuss Doctor Seuss Geisel   Category: Day

The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. Do not be afraid to make mistakes providing you do not make the same one twice.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Mistake

Free inquiry if restrained within due bounds and applied to proper subjects is a most important privilege of the human mind; and if well conducted is one of the greatest friends to truth. But when reason knows neither its office nor its limits and when employed on subjects foreign to its jurisdiction it then becomes a privilege dangerous to be exercised.
Theodore Agrippa d' Aubigne   Category: Unsorted

The great lawyer who employs his talent and his learning in the highly emunerative task of enabling a very wealthy client to override or circumvent the law is doing all that in him lies to encourage the growth in the country of a spirit of dumb anger against all laws and of disbelief in their efficacy.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Lawyers

The strange thing which I have experienced with flower scents and indeed with all other scents is that they only recall pleasant memories.
Theodore A. Stephens   Category: Unsorted

To one extent if youve seen one city slum youve seen them all.
Spiro Theodore Agnew   Category: Tree

I am as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Limits

Art is the stored honey of the human soul gathered on wings of misery and travail.
Theodore Dreiser   Category: Art

I am far from underestimating the importance of dividends but I rank dividends below human character.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Character

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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm the great devotion 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 he 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   Category: Action

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 grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Courage

I am simply unable to understand the value placed by so many people upon great wealth.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Wealth

A lively understandable spirit Once entertained you. It will come again. Be still. Wait.
Theodore Roethke   Category: Spirit

Each child represents either a potential addition to the protective capacity and enlightened citizenship of the nation or if allowed to suffer from neglect a potential addition to the destructive forces of a community.... The interests of the nation are involved in the welfare of this array of children no less than in our great material affairs.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Children

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   Category: Journalism

The men and women who have the right ideals ... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Volunteer

Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.
Theodore Parker   Category: Self

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
Theodore W. Adorno   Category: Ambiguity

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   Category: Progress

Do not hit at all if it can be avoided but never hit softly.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Fight

And everything comes to One As we dance on dance on dance on.
Theodore Roethke   Category: Cynic

Put out the light.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Last

I start drawing and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.
Theodore Seuss Doctor Seuss Geisel   Category: Unsorted

Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.
Theodore Roszak   Category: Unsorted

We demand that big business give people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself he given a square deal.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Business

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
Theodore Rubin   Category: Adversity

Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold.
Theodore Parker   Category: Soul

Do what you can with what you have where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Ability

No man is so great as mankind.
Theodore Parker   Category: Mankind

Ask any mans permission when we ask him to obey it.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Peace

There is a strength of quiet endurance as significant of courage as the most daring feats of prowess
Henry Theodore Tuckerman   Category: Endure

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Theodore Isaac Rubin   Category: Happiness

Ninety percent of everything is crap.
Theodore Sturgeon   Category: Everything

What we have done in the past is not sufficient now to prepare our youth.
Albert Theodore Tuttle   Category: Unsorted

Culture is only true when implicitly critical and the mind which forgets this revenges itself in the critics it breeds. Criticism is an indispensable element of culture.
Theodore W. Adorno   Category: Unsorted

There is a homely adage which runs Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. If the American nation will speak softly and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Prudent

The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most.
Theodore Parker   Category: Book

The world wants the kind of men who do not shrink from temporary defeats in life; but come again and wrestle triumph from defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Defeat

I have no use for adventures. Theyre nasty disturbing things that make you late for dinner.
Theodore Bilbo   Category: Ambition

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
Theodore Seuss Doctor Seuss Geisel   Category: Today

You may not cannot appropriate beauty. It is the wealth of the eye and a cat may gaze upon a king.
Theodore Parker   Category: Unsorted

As society advances the standard of poverty rises.
Theodore Parker   Category: Potential

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. Its got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You cant blow an uncertain trumpet.
Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh   Category: Articulate

The worst fear is the fear of living.
Theodore   Category: Fear

We fail to see the purifying and refining effect wrought by the flames of adversity. These flames are not meant to consume but only to purify us. Disguised as adversity blessings are showered upon us.
Albert Theodore Tuttle   Category: Adversity

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Success

I am only an average man but by George I work harder at it than the average man.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Average

I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Strength

In a dark time the eye begins to see.
Theodore Roethke   Category: Diet

Keep your eyes on the stars keep your feet on the ground.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Dream

There never has been devised and there never will be devised any law which will enable a man to succeed save by the exercise of those qualities which have always been the prerequisites of success the qualities of hard work of keen intelligence of unflinching will.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Law

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   Category: Property

The only light upon the future is faith.
Theodore Hoecker   Category: Unsorted

It is better to be faithful than famous.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Fidelity

I wake to sleep and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go.
Theodore Roethke   Category: Fate

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

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong without comment.
Theodore H. White   Category: Manners

In life as in a football game the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Football

Time marks us while we are marking time.
Theodore Roethke   Category: Unsorted

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   Category: Work

All the resources we need are in the mind.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Mind

Love is not love until loves vunerable.
Theodore Roethke   Category: Love

We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. 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. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the money touch but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Government

Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest man is the happiest man. Excellence in any art or profession is attained only by hard and persistent work. Never believe that you are perfect. When a man imagines even after years of striving that he has attained perfection his decline begins.
Sir Theodore Martin   Category: Work

Energy and perseverance can fit a man for almost any kind of position.
Theodore F. Merseles   Category: Unsorted

In the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the United States to the Monroe Doctrine may force the United States however reluctantly in flagrant cases of such wrong doing or impotence to the exercise of an international police power.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: War

All finite things reveal infinitude: The mountain with its singular bright shade Like the blue shine on freshly frozen snow The after–light upon ice–burdened pines; Odor of basswood upon a mountain slope A scene beloved of bees; Silence of water above a sunken tree: The pure serene of memory of one man A ripple widening from a single stone Winding around the waters of the world.
Theodore Roethke   Category: Nature

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   Category: Gravity

It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Effort

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   Category: Home

If we seek merely swollen slothful ease and ignoble peace if we shrink from the hard contests where men must win at the hazard of their lives and at the risk of all they hold dear then bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by and will win for themselves the domination of the world.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: World

Though conditions have grown puzzling in their complexity though changes have been vast yet we may remain absolutely sure of one thing; that now as ever in the past and as it will ever be in-the future there can be no substitute for elemental virtues for the elemental qualities to which we allude when we speak of a man not only as a good man but as emphatically a man. We can build up the standard of individual citizenship and individual well-being we can raise the national standard and make it what it can and shall be made only by each of us steadfastly keeping in mind that there can be no substitute for the world-old commonplace qualities of truth justice and courage thrift industry common sense and genuine sympathy with the fellow feelings of others.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Man

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Morality

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better. Its not.
Theodore Seuss Doctor Seuss Geisel   Category: Better

My occupation now I suppose is jail inmate.
Unibomber Theodore Kaczynski   Category: Jail

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh   Category: Father

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.
Theodore Rubin   Category: Thief

Power invariably means both responsibility and danger.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Power

How to forgive is something we have to learn not as a duty or an obligation but as an experience akin to the experience of love; it must come into being spontaneously.
Theodore Cuyler Speers D.D.   Category: Unsorted

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   Category: Prophecy

The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Citizen

I like nonsense it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living its a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at lifes realities.
Theodore Seuss Doctor Seuss Geisel   Category: Fantasy

There is a point of course where a man must take the isolated peak and break with all his associates for clear principle; but until that time comes he must work if he would be of use with men as they are. As long as the good in them overbalances the evil let him work with them for the best that can be obtained.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Principle

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Happiness