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66 Famous Quotes by Former US President Theodore Roosevelt

Collection of famous quotes by former US president Theodore Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt Jr., often referred to as Teddy Roosevelt or his initials T. R., was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

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Best Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

— Theodore Roosevelt

It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

It is only through labor and painful effort by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

Far better is it 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 a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.

— Theodore Roosevelt

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The government is us we are the government you and I.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind but great actions speak to all mankind.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.

— Theodore Roosevelt

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being to risk his body to risk his life in a great cause.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

If there is not the war you don’t get the great general if there is not a great occasion you don’t get a great statesman if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace no one would have known his name.

— Theodore Roosevelt

No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Germany has reduced savagery to a science and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

— Theodore Roosevelt

With self-discipline most anything is possible.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads and the boss drives.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— 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

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being to risk his body to risk his life in a great cause.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.

— Theodore Roosevelt

I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of the strenuous life.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.

— Theodore Roosevelt

It is only through labor and painful effort by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Wars are of course as a rule to be avoided but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.

— Theodore Roosevelt

If there is not the war you don’t get the great general if there is not a great occasion you don’t get a great statesman if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace no one would have known his name.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Germany has reduced savagery to a science and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.

— Theodore Roosevelt

A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

Germany has reduced savagery to a science and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.

— Theodore Roosevelt

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

For unflagging interest and enjoyment a household of children if things go reasonably well certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

— Theodore Roosevelt

If there is not the war you don’t get the great general if there is not a great occasion you don’t get a great statesman if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace no one would have known his name.

— Theodore Roosevelt

If there is not the war you don’t get the great general if there is not a great occasion you don’t get a great statesman if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace no one would have known his name.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Germany has reduced savagery to a science and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.

— 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

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

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

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

When you play play hard when you work don’t play at all.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.

— Theodore Roosevelt

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