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61 Motivating Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

Popular Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Theodore Roosevelt, served the United States as its 26th President. He was an author, politician, solider, naturalist, explorer as well as a historian. He is recognized for his foreign policies, ecological preservation and corporate reforms. Below is a list of some of the best quotes by Theodore Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

  1. “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  2. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  3. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  4. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  5. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “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
  7. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  8. “The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  9. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  10. “No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  11. “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  12. “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
  13. “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  14. “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  15. “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  16. “Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  17. “The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  18. “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  19. “I am only an average man, but by George, I work harder at it than the average man.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  20. “When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  21. “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
  22. “Far better it is 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 that gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  23. “I am as strong as a bull moose. You may use me as you will.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  24. “Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  25. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  26. “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
  27. “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
  28. “Life is like football: don’t flinch, don’t foul, and hit the line hard.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  29. “At the worst, 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
  30. “Nine tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  31. “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
  32. “Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace” - Theodore Roosevelt
  33. “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
  34. “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
  35. “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
  36. “Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  37. “Life is one long campaign, and each victory merely leaves the ground clear for another battle.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  38. “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  39. “I cannot consent to take the position that the door of hope — the door of opportunity — is to be shut upon any man, no matter how worthy, purely upon the grounds of race or color. Such an attitude would, according to my convictions, be fundamentally wrong.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  40. “The best test of true love of liberty in any country is the way in which minorities are treated.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  41. “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
  42. “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
  43. “A great democracy must be progressive or it will not be great, or a democracy, for long.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  44. “Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  45. “The worst of all fears is the fear of living.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  46. “Getting an agreement with those men was like trying to nail currant jelly to the wall!” - Theodore Roosevelt
  47. “It is always better to be an original than an imitation, even when the imitation is of something better than the original.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  48. “Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  49. “Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  50. “A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  51. “Black care rarely sits behind the rider whose pace is fast enough.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  52. “I am a part of everything that I have read.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  53. “A half truth and a half truth almost invariably add up to a whole lie.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  54. “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a meance to society.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  55. “Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  56. “The most practical thing we can do, in the long run, is to create beauty.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  57. “Alike for the nation and the individual, the one indispensable requisite is character.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  58. “Three-o’clock-in-the-morning courage is the most desirable kind.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  59. “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  60. “A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.” - Theodore Roosevelt
  61. “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

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