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famous theodore roosevelt quotes

theodore roosevelt quotes
Theodore Roosevelt, often referred to as Teddy or TR, was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909. 

 

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“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 quotes

 

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Believe you can and you're halfway there.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — theodore roosevelt quotes 

 

“Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“I am a part of everything that I have read.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” — theodore roosevelt quotes 

 

“Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.” — theodore roosevelt quotes 

 

“Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” — theodore roosevelt quotes 

 

“No foreign policy-no matter how ingenious-has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of few and carried in the hearts of many.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“No, I'm not a good shot, but I shoot often.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care” — theodore roosevelt quotes 

 

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“The decisions of the courts on economic and social questions depend on their economic and social philosophy.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“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 quotes

 

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

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

 

“The United States does not have a choice as to whether or not is will or will not play a great part in the world. Fate has made that choice for us. The only question is whether we will play the part well or badly.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“The wild life of today is not ours to do with as we please. The original stock was given to us in trust for the benefit both of the present and the future. We must render an accounting of this trust to those who come after us.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“There is a homely old 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 quotes

 

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, right or wrong – is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with high and resolute courage. 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 quotes

 

“We cannot afford merely to sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them; and this task is now well begun.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ''present'' or ''not guilty.''” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

 

“When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on” — theodore roosevelt quotes 

 

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.” — theodore roosevelt quotes

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