50+ Theodore Roosevelt Quotes for inspiration in life

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy Roosevelt or his initials T. R., was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer. He served as 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900, the 25th vice president from March to September 1901, and as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. 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. Roosevelt was a sickly child with debilitating asthma, but he overcame his health problems by embracing a strenuous lifestyle, as well as growing out of his asthma naturally in his young adult years. He integrated his exuberant personality, a vast range of interests and world-famous achievements into a “cowboy” persona defined by robust masculinity. He was home-schooled and began a lifelong naturalist avocation before attending Harvard College. We bring you the compilation of the best Theodore Roosevelt Quotes, hope you like it.

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50+ Theodore Roosevelt Quotes for inspiration in life

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk we must act big.— Theodore Roosevelt

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

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, 1916 (quoted in the — Theodore Roosevelt Cente

The great virtue of my radicalism lies in the fact that I am perfectly ready, if necessary, to be radical on the conservative side.— Theodore Roosevelt

The worst of all fears is the fear of living. -Theodore Roosevelt | Anxiety about the Future 

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at 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 or defeat— Theodore Roosevelt

I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do   not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one’s existence. I   don’t want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any overathleticism and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.— Theodore Roosevelt

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

To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.— Theodore Roosevelt

One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called “weasel words.” When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked out of the egg. If you use a “weasel word” after another there is nothing left of the other. -Theodore Roosevelt

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.— Theodore Roosevelt

No man is above the law and no man below it.— Theodore Roosevelt

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.— Theodore Roosevelt

I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.— Theodore Roosevelt

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.— Theodore Roosevelt

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.— Theodore Roosevelt

Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.— Theodore Roosevelt, — Theodore Roosevelt, an autobiography

50+ Theodore Roosevelt Quotes for inspiration in life

I want to see you shoot the way you shout. -Theodore Roosevelt 

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.— Theodore Roosevelt

The things that will destroy America are prosperityatanyprice, safetyfirst instead of dutyfirst, the love of soft living, and the getrichquick theory of life.— Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.— Theodore Roosevelt

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

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 nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.— Theodore Roosevelt

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.— Theodore Roosevelt

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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

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt 

I am only an average man, but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man. -Theodore Roosevelt

Ninetenths of wisdom is being wise in time.— Theodore Roosevelt

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

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.— Theodore Roosevelt

All the resources we need are in the mind.— Theodore Roosevelt

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and selfrestraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.— Theodore Roosevelt

I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. -Theodore Roosevelt

50+ Theodore Roosevelt Quotes for inspiration in life

No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it. -Theodore Roosevelt 

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and selfrestraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they   do it.— Theodore Roosevelt

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

The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of continuing to be a nation at all would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.— Theodore Roosevelt

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

The deathknell 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

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.— Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. -Theodore Roosevelt

Speak softly and carry a big stick you will go far.— Theodore Roosevelt

It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks. -Theodore Roosevelt

Practical efficiency is common, and lofty idealism not uncommon; it is the combination which is necessary, and the combination is rare— Theodore Roosevelt, An  Autobiography

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

While my interest in natural history has added very little to my sum of achievement,  it has added immeasurably to my sum of enjoyment in life.— Theodore Roosevelt

If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.— Theodore Roosevelt

It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks. -Theodore Roosevelt | Risks 

When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.— Theodore Roosevelt

50+ Theodore Roosevelt Quotes for inspiration in life

My hat’s in the ring. The fight is one and I’m stripped to the buff. -Theodore Roosevelt

I want to see you shoot the way you shout. -Theodore Roosevelt

Spend and be spent.— Theodore Roosevelt

I wish that all Americans would realize that American politics is world politics.— Theodore Roosevelt

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, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in  a worthy cause who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement and who, 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

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; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and 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 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

When I say I believe in a square deal i do not mean … to give every man the best hand. If the cards do not come to any man, or if they do come, and he has not got the power to play them, that is his affair. All I mean is that there shall be no crookedness in the dealing.— Theodore Roosevelt

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I feel like a Bull Moose. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.— Theodore Roosevelt

The government is us we are the government, you and I.— Theodore Roosevelt

We demand that big business give people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honesty endeavours to do right, he shall himself be given a square deal. -Theodore Roosevelt

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not guilty.— Theodore Roosevelt

Put out the light.— Theodore Roosevelt, last words

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


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