Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

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Theodore Roosevelt Jr who is often referred to as Teddy, was a conservationist, naturalist, writer and historian who is mostly known for serving as the 26th president of the United States. As president, Theodore Roosevelt became influential as a progressive leader who championed policies of fairness, breaking of trusts, railroad regulation and many other things.

As a writer, Theodore Roosevelt released several books like The Rough Riders, Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography, The Naval War of 1812, African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist, Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Citizenship in a Republic and many others.

Here are some of the famous and inspirational Theodore Roosevelt quotes about America, history, freedom, love, failure, leadership, imperialism, friendship, nature, conservation, environment and many other interesting areas of life:

Theodore Roosevelt Big Stick Quote

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

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

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Theodore Roosevelt Do What You Can Quote

Theodore Roosevelt Do what you can, with what you have, where you are quote

2. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

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Theodore Roosevelt Man In The Arena Quote

Theodore Roosevelt Man In The Arena Quote

3. It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who 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 neither know victory nor defeat.

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Famous Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Famous Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

4. I am a part of everything that I have read. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

6. Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right. -Theodore Roosevelt

7. A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. -Theodore Roosevelt

8. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. -Theodore Roosevelt

9. Unless a man is master of his soul, all other kinds of mastery amount to little. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

12. 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

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

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14. Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience. -Theodore Roosevelt

15. If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow. -Theodore Roosevelt

16. The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

18. The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

21. 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. -Theodore Roosevelt

22. 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

23. We must show, not merely in great crises, but in the everyday affairs of life, the qualities of practical intelligence, of courage, of hardihood, and endurance, and above all the power of devotion to a lofty ideal, which made great the men who founded this Republic in the days of Washington, which made great the men who preserved this Republic in the days of Abraham Lincoln. -Theodore Roosevelt

Inspirational Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Inspirational Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

24. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. -Theodore Roosevelt

25. No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

27. 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

28. 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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29. Comparison is the thief of joy. -Theodore Roosevelt

30. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. -Theodore Roosevelt

31. 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. -Theodore Roosevelt

32. 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. -Theodore Roosevelt

33. You often hear people speaking as if life was like striving upward toward a mountain peak. That is not so. Life is as if you were traveling a ridge crest. You have the gulf of inefficiency on one side and the gulf of wickedness on the other, and it helps not to have avoided one gulf if you fall into the other. -Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About America

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About America

34. The American people abhor a vacuum. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

36. 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

37. 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

38. 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

39. 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. -Theodore Roosevelt

40. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life. -Theodore Roosevelt

41. 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

42. 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. -Theodore Roosevelt

43. 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.

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44. The government is us; we are the government, you and I. -Theodore Roosevelt

45. What we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man. -Theodore Roosevelt

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

47. There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility. -Theodore Roosevelt

48. The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. -Theodore Roosevelt

49. Is America a weakling, to shrink from the work of the great world powers? No! The young giant of the West stands on a continent and clasps the crest of an ocean in either hand. Our nation, glorious in youth and strength, looks into the future with eager eyes and rejoices as a strong man to run a race. -Theodore Roosevelt

50. 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. We have become a great nation, forced by the fact of its greatness into relations with the other nations of the earth, and we must behave as be seen as a people with such responsibilities. -Theodore Roosevelt

51. 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. -Theodore Roosevelt

52. In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people. -Theodore Roosevelt

53. The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. 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. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else. -Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About History

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About History

54. Thrice happy is the nation that has a glorious history. 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.

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Theodore Roosevelt Quotes On Freedom

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes On Freedom

55. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. -Theodore Roosevelt

56. Freedom is not a gift which can be enjoyed save by those shown themselves worthy of it.

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57. The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom. -Theodore Roosevelt

58. We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. -Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes On Love

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes On Love

59. 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.

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Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About Failure

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About Failure

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

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61. This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country. -Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes On Leadership

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes On Leadership

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

63. 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

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

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

66. No man can lead a public career really worth leading, no man can act with rugged independence in serious crises, nor strike at great abuses, nor afford to make powerful and unscrupulous foes, if he is himself vulnerable in his private character. -Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About Imperialism

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About Imperialism

67. Over-sentimentality, over-softness, in fact washiness and mushiness are the great dangers of this age and of this people. Unless we keep the barbarian virtues, gaining the civilized ones will be of little avail.

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Theodore Roosevelt Quotes On Friendship

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes On Friendship

68. Yes, my friend, and if you will steal for me then you will steal from me.

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Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About Courage

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About Courage

69. Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. -Theodore Roosevelt

70. 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. -Theodore Roosevelt

71. Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

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72. Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life. -Theodore Roosevelt

73. A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage… For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out. -Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About Nature & Conservation

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes About Nature & Conservation

74. There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country. -Theodore Roosevelt

75. Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so. -Theodore Roosevelt

76. To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed. -Theodore Roosevelt

77. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted…So any nation which in its youth lives only for the day, reaps without sowing, and consumes without husbanding, must expect the penalty of the prodigal whose labor could with difficulty find him the bare means of life.

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78. 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

79. The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others. -Theodore Roosevelt

80. Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying the ‘the game belongs to the people.’ So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people. The ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method. -Theodore Roosevelt