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Far better is it to dare mighty things,
by Theodore Roosevelt

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- 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

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job,
tell 'em, Certainly I Can. -
and get busy and find out how to do it.
- 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

 

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

Believe you can and you're halfway there.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

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To educate a person in mind and not in morals
is to educate a menace to society.
- Theodore Roosevelt

With self-discipline most anything is possible.
- 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

It is essential that there should be organization of labor.
This is an era of organization.
Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country
and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate;
and while the debate goes on,
the canal does also.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

When 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

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

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.
- Theodore Roosevelt

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon
the character of the user.
- 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

The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive
attitude on any issue that is dead.
- 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 people is wholly civilized where a distinction is
drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on.
Sometimes people get their ends reversed.
When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

When you play, play hard; when you work,
don't play at all.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting;
but never hit soft.
- 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

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

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president...
is morally treasonable to the American public.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting.
Do not hit at all if it can be avoided;
but never hit softly.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The American people abhor a vacuum.
- Theodore Roosevelt

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.
The leader leads, and the boss drives.
- Theodore Roosevelt

The most successful politician is he who says what
the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.
- Theodore Roosevelt

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness
of heart and that is softness of head.
- 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

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

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
- Theodore Roosevelt

No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
- 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

Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Get action.
Seize the moment.
Man was never intended to become an oyster.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life
of ease left a name worth remembering.
- 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 you could kick the person in the pants responsible
for most of your trouble,
you wouldn't sit for a month.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the
harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we
let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
- 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


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