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Theodore Roosevelt quotes (59)
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
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
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
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 successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Politics
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
Keep your eyes on the stars keep your feet on the ground.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Dream
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
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
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
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
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it youve got to start young.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Age
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
The lunatic fringe in all reform movements.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Reform
Do what you can with what you have where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Ability
It is better to be faithful than famous.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Fidelity
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
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
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
I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Happiness
Power invariably means both responsibility and danger.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Power
In life as in a football game the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Football
I am far from underestimating the importance of dividends but I rank dividends below human character.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Character
We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: President
I am simply unable to understand the value placed by so many people upon great wealth.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Wealth
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Morality
I am only an average man but by George I work harder at it than the average man.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Average
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
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
Speak softly and carry a big stick.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Walk
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 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
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Evil
Nine-tenths of wisdom consists of being wise in time.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Wisdom
Do not hit at all if it can be avoided but never hit softly.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Fight
When they call the roll in the Senate the Senators do not know whether to answer Present or Not Guilty.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Answer
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
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
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
Ask any mans permission when we ask him to obey it.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Peace
Put out the light.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Last
I am as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Limits
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
All the resources we need are in the mind.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Mind
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
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
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 wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Strength
Courage hard work self-mastery and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Life
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Success
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Effort
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