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Top 50 Best Inspiring Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes: Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy Roosevelt or his initials T. R., was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer, who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He previously served as 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900 and the 25th vice president of the United States from March to September 1901. Roosevelt emerged as a leader of the Republican Party and became a driving force for the anti-trust policy while supporting Progressive Era policies in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. We hope you enjoy our list of Theodore Roosevelt Quotes below.

Common Questions About Theodore Rossevelt

Are Teddy Roosevelt and FDR related?

Two distantly related branches of the same family,  Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt are the fifth cousins, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was Theodore’s niece.

How did Theodore Roosevelt help the United States?

He dramatically expanded the system of national parks and national forests.

Our Favorite Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

“Believe you can and you're halfway there.”

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

“People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care”

“When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

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

“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.”

“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.”

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

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”

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

“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.”

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

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

“A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.”

“If you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”

“Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.”

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

“In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans.”

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

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

“The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasums, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.”

“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today.”

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.”

“The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!”

“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.”

“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.”

“A great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy.”

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

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