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413 Inspiring Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

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Wikipedia Summary for Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy 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 anti-trust and Progressive policies.

Roosevelt was a sickly child with debilitating asthma but partly overcame his health problems by embracing a strenuous lifestyle. He integrated his exuberant personality, a vast range of interests and achievements into a "cowboy" persona defined by robust masculinity. He was home-schooled and began a lifelong naturalist avocation before attending Harvard. His book The Naval War of 1812 (1882) established his reputation as a learned historian and popular writer. Upon entering politics, he became the leader of the reform faction of Republicans in New York's state legislature. His wife and mother both died in rapid succession, and he began to frequent a cattle ranch in the Dakotas. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President William McKinley but resigned to lead the Rough Riders during the Spanish–American War. Returning a war hero, he was elected governor of New York in 1898. After Vice President Garret Hobart died in 1899, the New York state party leadership convinced McKinley to accept Roosevelt as his running mate in the 1900 election. Roosevelt campaigned vigorously, and the McKinley–Roosevelt ticket won a landslide victory based on a platform of peace, prosperity, and conservation.

Roosevelt took office as vice president in 1901 and assumed the presidency at age 42 after McKinley was assassinated the following September. He remains the youngest person to become President of the United States. Roosevelt was a leader of the progressive movement and championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies, promising the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs. He prioritized conservation and established national parks, forests, and monuments intended to preserve the nation's natural resources. In foreign policy, he focused on Central America where he began construction of the Panama Canal. He expanded the Navy and sent the Great White Fleet on a world tour to project American naval power. His successful efforts to broker the end of the Russo-Japanese War won him the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt was elected to a full term in 1904 and continued to promote progressive policies. He groomed his close friend William Howard Taft to succeed him in the 1908 presidential election.

Roosevelt grew frustrated with Taft's brand of conservatism and belatedly tried to win the 1912 Republican nomination for president. He failed, walked out, and founded the Progressive Party. He ran in the 1912 presidential election and the split allowed the Democratic nominee Woodrow Wilson to win the election. Following the defeat, Roosevelt led a two-year expedition to the Amazon basin where he nearly died of tropical disease. During World War I, he criticized Wilson for keeping the country out of the war; his offer to lead volunteers to France was rejected. He considered running for president again in 1920, but his health continued to deteriorate. He died in 1919. He is generally ranked in polls of historians and political scientists as one of the five best presidents.


icy mountain scenery

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




blue and white abstract painting

Certain rich men, whose lives are evil and corrupt, are the representatives of predatory wealth accumulated by all forms of inequity, from the oppression of wage workers to unfair methods of crushing out competition.

--Theodore Roosevelt

woman carrying baby while walking

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


person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

I am far from underestimating the importance of dividends, but I rank dividends below human character.

--Theodore Roosevelt



brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

The leader works in the open and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

--Theodore Roosevelt

green textile

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

The
highest form of success comes to the man who does not shrink from
danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who, out of these, wins
the splendid ultimate triumph.

--Theodore Roosevelt


yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

Never, never, you must never either of you remind a man at work on a political job that he may be President.

--Theodore Roosevelt


silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

short-beak red bird on tree

All privileges based on wealth, and all emnity to honest men merely because they are wealthy, are un-American.

--Theodore Roosevelt



white flowers in brown stem

No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.



purple flowers under cloudy sky

Hardness of heart is a dreadful quality, but it is doubtful whether in the long run it works more damage than softness of head.

--Theodore Roosevelt



white and blue building under clear sky

There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of the great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief , the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder.

--Theodore Roosevelt

red and white petaled flower close-up photography

The greatest privilege and greatest duty for any man is to be happily married, and no other form of success or service, for either man or woman, can be wisely accepted as a substitute or alternative.

--Theodore Roosevelt



silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

Get action. Do things; be sane; don't fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action.

--Theodore Roosevelt


blue and white water waves

From the greatest to the smallest, happiness and usefulness are largely found in the same soul, and the joy of life is won in its deepest and truest sense only by those who have not shirked life's burdens.

--Theodore Roosevelt

round black and white analog alarm clock

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

In doing your work in the great world, it is a safe plan to follow a rule I once heard on the football field: Don't flinch, don't fall; hit the line hard.

--Theodore Roosevelt

ocean wave in shallow focus lens

To announce there must be no criticism of the president or that we are to stand with the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

--Theodore Roosevelt

rocks on sea side at daytime

Believe you can and you're halfway there.

--Theodore Roosevelt

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

The only trouble with the movement for the preservation of our forests is that it has not gone nearly far enough, and was not begun soon enough.

--Theodore Roosevelt

red and pink flowers

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


person walking holding brown leather bag

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

silhouette of mountain under blue sky during daytime

To borrow a simile from the football field, we believe that men must play fair, but that there must be no shirking, and that the success can only come to the player who hits the line hard.

--Theodore Roosevelt

brown mountains under blue sky

If I have to choose between peace and righteousness, I'll choose righteousness.

--Theodore Roosevelt


grayscale photography of elephant

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. Do not be afraid to make mistakes providing you do not make the same one twice.


yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

There are those who believe that a new modernity demands a new morality. What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no such thing as a new morality. There is only one morality . All else is immorality.

--Theodore Roosevelt

green palm tree during daytime

I violate no secret when I say that one of the greatest values in Masonry is that it affords an opportunity for men of all walks of life to meet on common ground where all men are equal and have one common interest.

--Theodore Roosevelt

starry night in Texas

The duties are even more important than the rights; and in the long run I think that the reward is ampler and greater for duty well done, than for the insistence upon individual rights.

--Theodore Roosevelt

white clouds and blue sky

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

palm tree under orange sky

The truth is that any good modern rifle is good enough. The determining factor is the man behind the gun.

--Theodore Roosevelt


toddlers standing outdoors

The reader, the booklover, must meet his own needs without paying too much attention to what his neighbors say those needs should be.

--Theodore Roosevelt

white flower with black background

I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.

--Theodore Roosevelt

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

white oriental lily flower

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

five children sitting on bench front of trees

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action.

--Theodore Roosevelt



closed white painted door with exit signage

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

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.




grayscale photography of raindrops

We want the active and zealous help of every man far-sighted enough to realize the importance from the standpoint of the nation's welfare in the future of preserving the forests.

--Theodore Roosevelt

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

A nation that still needs to distinguish between stealing an election, and stealing a new pair of shoes, is not completely civilized yet.

--Theodore Roosevelt

orange and blue abstract painting

Stand against him in no spirit of vengeance, but only with the resolute purpose to make him act as decent citizens must act if this Republic is to be, and to be kept, what it shall become.

--Theodore Roosevelt

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

I think if the people of this country can be reached with the truth, their judgment will be in favor of the many, as against the privileged few.

--Theodore Roosevelt

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It is only through work and strife that either nation or individual moves on to greatness. The great man is always the man of mighty effort, and usually the man whom grinding need has trained to mighty effort.

--Theodore Roosevelt

man playing soccer during daytime

Risk is like fire: If controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled it will rise up and destroy you.

--Theodore Roosevelt

man in black jacket and black pants standing on brown rock formation during daytime

War is not merely justifiable, but imperative upon honorable men, upon an honorable nation, where peace can only be obtained by the sacrifice of conscientious conviction or of national welfare.

--Theodore Roosevelt



desert under blue skies

The biggest corporation, like the humblest private citizen, must be held to strict compliance with the will of the people as expressed in the fundamental law.

--Theodore Roosevelt


green palm plant during daytime

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

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

man running on seashore

Black care rarely sits behind the rider whose pace is fast enough.

--Theodore Roosevelt



blue and white abstract painting

My power vanishes into thin air the instant that my fellow citizens, who are straight and honest, cease to believe that I represent them and fight for what is straight and honest. That is all the strength that I have.

--Theodore Roosevelt

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

Longer Version:

The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight; that he shall not be a mere passenger, but shall do his share in the work that each generation of us finds ready to hand; and, furthermore, that in doing his work he shall show, not only the capacity for sturdy self-help, but also self-respecting regard for the rights of others.


body of water under blue sky with stars

The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist.

--Theodore Roosevelt


person holding green plant during daytime

I'm as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.

--Theodore Roosevelt


two white flowers

What I have advocated is not wild radicalism. It is the highest and wisest kind of conservatism.

--Theodore Roosevelt

purple petaled flower

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

purple textile in close up photography

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

light match stick

Don't spread patriotism too thin.

--Theodore Roosevelt



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Conservation means development as much as it does protection.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.


brown wooden board

You cannot create prosperity by law. Sustained thrift, industry, application, intelligence, are the only things that ever do, or ever will, create prosperity. But you can very easily destroy prosperity by law.

--Theodore Roosevelt

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

clear wine glass with red wine

The ordinary air fighter is an extraordinary man and the extraordinary air fighter stands as one in a million among his fellows.

--Theodore Roosevelt

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience.

--Theodore Roosevelt


man standing outdoors

My experience...convinced me that tea was better than brandy, and during the last six months in Afica I took no brandy, even when sick taking tea instead.

--Theodore Roosevelt

pink tulip flower

I would a great deal rather be anything, say professor of history, than vice president.

--Theodore Roosevelt


aerial photography of gray and white stone lot

I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out.

--Theodore Roosevelt

dirt road to sunset

Don't foul, don't flinch-hit the line hard.

--Theodore Roosevelt

shallow focus photo of white rose

In the long run, the most unpleasant truth is a safer companion than a pleasant falsehood.

--Theodore Roosevelt



woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Bodily vigor is good, and vigor of intellect is even better, but far above is character.

--Theodore Roosevelt

smiling woman

Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth.

--Theodore Roosevelt

blue rose

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

person standing on rock formation during daytime

There should be at least ten times the number of rifles in the country as there are now.

--Theodore Roosevelt

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

The little owls call to each other with tremulous, quavering voices throughout the livelong night, as they sit in the creaking trees.

--Theodore Roosevelt

red and pink flowers

I abhor injustice and bullying by the strong at the expense of the weak, whether among nations or individuals.

--Theodore Roosevelt

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Bullies do not make brave men; and boys of men of foul life cannot become good citizens, good Americans, until they change; and even after the change, scars will be left in their souls.

--Theodore Roosevelt

orange lily in bloom close up photo

From its origin to the present hour, in all its vicissitudes, Masonry has been the steady unwearing friend of man.

--Theodore Roosevelt


brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.

--Theodore Roosevelt


blue and white water waves

We fight in honourable fashion for the good of mankind; fearless of the future, unheeding of our individual fates, with unflinching hearts and undimmed eyes; we stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord.

--Theodore Roosevelt



Arizona landscape rain

The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it. Life is a great adventure, and I want to say to you, accept it in such a spirit.

--Theodore Roosevelt



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Much of the usefulness of any career must lie in the impress that it makes upon, and the lessons that it teaches to, the generations that come after.

--Theodore Roosevelt

pot on window with flowers

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


white stone woman sculpture

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

high-angle photography of beach side

The vice of envy is not only a dangerous, but a mean vice; for it is always a confession of inferiority. It may promote conduct which will be fruitful of wrong to others, and it must cause misery to the man who feels it.

--Theodore Roosevelt

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No man in public position can, under penalty of forfeiting the right to the respect of those whose regard he most values, fail as the opportunity comes to do all that in him lies for peace.

--Theodore Roosevelt


yellow sunflower

Every book of tactics in the regiment was in use from morning until night, and the officers and non-commissioned officers were always studying the problems presented at the schools.

--Theodore Roosevelt


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The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.

--Theodore Roosevelt


green sports court illustration

There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains.

--Theodore Roosevelt

red and white petaled flower close-up photography

We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal.

--Theodore Roosevelt



red white and blue flag

The chief factor in any man's success or failure must be his own character.

--Theodore Roosevelt

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If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not the great occasion, you don't get the great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in times of peace, no one would know his name now.

--Theodore Roosevelt

lion on green grass during golden hour

It is never worth while to absolutely exhaust one's self or to take big chances unless for an adequate object.

--Theodore Roosevelt

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

--Theodore Roosevelt

brown and white wooden star print board

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.

--Theodore Roosevelt

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

We will send ships and Marines as soon as possible for the protection of American life and property.

--Theodore Roosevelt


shooting star in night sky

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

silhouette photo of trees during night time

McKinley shows all the background of a chocolate eclair.

--Theodore Roosevelt

time lapse photography body of water

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

--Theodore Roosevelt



brown mountain

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

--Theodore Roosevelt



white rose flower

We face the future with our past and our present as guarantors of our promises; and we are content to stand or to fall by the record which we have made and are making.

--Theodore Roosevelt

None

The performance of duty, and not an indulgence in vapid ease and vapid pleasure, is all that makes life worth while.

--Theodore Roosevelt

pink rose in bloom close up photo

There are many occasions when the highest praise one can receive is the attack of some given scoundrel.

--Theodore Roosevelt


white pendant lamp

Success, the real success, does not depend upon the position you hold but upon how you carry yourself in that position.

--Theodore Roosevelt

dew drops on glass panel

We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.

--Theodore Roosevelt



yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Let men express the intense admiration, which I share with all other Americans, of the record made by the Marines.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

The man of great wealth owes a peculiar obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.

--Theodore Roosevelt

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

I have already lived and enjoyed as much life as any nine other men I have known.

--Theodore Roosevelt

scenery of aurora

No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.

--Theodore Roosevelt

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

green trees under white clouds

If we put corrupt men in public office and sneeringly acquiesce in their corruptions, then we are wrong ourselves.

--Theodore Roosevelt


three person looking stars and milky way

It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.

--Theodore Roosevelt

sea during daytime

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

people near body of water

The beauty and charm of the wilderness are his for the asking, for the edges of the wilderness lie close beside the beaten roads of the present travel.

--Theodore Roosevelt


brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Theodore Roosevelt




snow covered pine trees

There are dreadful moments when death comes very near those we love, even if for the time being it passes by. But life is a great adventure, and the worst of all fears is the fear of living.

--Theodore Roosevelt

None

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

brown and gray mountains during daytime

My hat's in the ring. The fight is on and I'm stripped to the buff.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Arizona landscape

Most of us tiptoe through life in order to make it safely to death.

--Theodore Roosevelt

brown and red paint brushes

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.


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So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

--Theodore Roosevelt









blue and red bird during daytime

No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Oak Creek Sedona

I have had a great time as president.

--Theodore Roosevelt

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In battle, the ONLY bullets that count are those that hit.

--Theodore Roosevelt


man jumping on hill during golden hour

We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.

--Theodore Roosevelt


pink lotus flower on clear body of water

The corporation that shrinks from the light" would have anything to fear from government. About the welfare of such corporations we need not be oversensitive.

--Theodore Roosevelt





fawn pug in close up photography

It is better to be faithful than famous.

--Theodore Roosevelt





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Free speech exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free.

--Theodore Roosevelt

five woman standing on seashore

It either is or ought to be evident to everyone that business has to prosper before anyone can get any benefit from it.

--Theodore Roosevelt

man jumping on hill during golden hour

A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy.

--Theodore Roosevelt

flame illustration

No President has ever enjoyed himself as much as I?

--Theodore Roosevelt

pug lying on pet bed

The problems differ from generation to generation, but the qualities needed to solve them remain unchanged from world's end to world's end.

--Theodore Roosevelt

elephant on green grass field during daytime

Mother went off for three days to New York and Mame and Quentin took instant advantage of her absence to fall sick. Quentin's sickness was surely due to a riot in candy and ice-cream with chocolate sauce.

--Theodore Roosevelt

brown and gray brick wall

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


man skiing on land

Is it any wonder that I loved my regiment?

--Theodore Roosevelt

sunset forest

I am rather more apt to read old books than new ones.

--Theodore Roosevelt

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

The extermination of the buffalo has been a veritable tragedy of the animal world.

--Theodore Roosevelt

sunset with rainbow

There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up with the muck-rake.

--Theodore Roosevelt

round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.

--Theodore Roosevelt

orange abstract painting

Just as you believe you may have already halfway there.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

Life is a great adventure…accept it in such a spirit.

--Theodore Roosevelt


rock formation above water

It is a wicked thing to be neutral between right and wrong.

--Theodore Roosevelt

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

It pays no matter what comes after it, to try and do things, to accomplish things in this life and not merely to have a soft and pleasant time.

--Theodore Roosevelt

photography of white sky at golden hour

The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.

--Theodore Roosevelt

forest trees photograph

Most of the men had simple souls. They could relate facts, but they said very little about what they dimly felt.

--Theodore Roosevelt


couple sitting near trees during golden hour

I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.

--Theodore Roosevelt

sunset forest

The nation should be ruled by the Ten Commandments.

--Theodore Roosevelt

blue and white striped textile

Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny.

--Theodore Roosevelt

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

It is, of course, the merest truism to say a party is of use only so far as it serves the nation.

--Theodore Roosevelt

cluster of stars in the sky

Avoid the base hypocrisy of condemning in one man what you pass over in silence when committed by another.

--Theodore Roosevelt

brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Theodore Roosevelt




yellow tulip flowers

Each man must work for himself, and unless he so works, no outside help can avail him.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

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


body of water during daytime

To befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.

--Theodore Roosevelt


yellow flower field under clear sky

The worst lesson that can be taught to a man is to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings.

--Theodore Roosevelt

macro shot photography of two votive candles

Everyone loves justice in the affairs of another.

--Theodore Roosevelt

shallow focus photography of purple flower

Americanism is a question of spirit, of conviction and purpose, not creed or birthplaces. The test of our worth is the service we render.

--Theodore Roosevelt

people walking on hallway

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


yellow sunflower in close up photography

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

--Theodore Roosevelt





silhouette of person's hands forming heart

Yes, Haven, most of us enjoy preaching, and Ive got such a bully pulpit!

--Theodore Roosevelt


seashore during golden hour

We sincerely and earnestly believe in peace; but if peace and justice conflict, we scorn the man who would not stand for justice though the whole world came in arms against him.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person sitting on black surface looking to sky

You can't choose your potential, but you can choose to fulfill it.

--Theodore Roosevelt


green leafed tree with sunlight at daytime

The worst thing I can do is nothing.

--Theodore Roosevelt

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

Then get busy and find out how to do it.

--Theodore Roosevelt


pink and white light illustration

There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person in black and white mask

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


grayscale photography of raindrops

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

white rose enclosed photograph

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

--Theodore Roosevelt


sunflower with clear glass vase on gray table

There is no moral difference between gambling at cards or in lotteries or on the race track and gambling in the stock market. One method is just pernicious to the body politic as the other kind.

--Theodore Roosevelt

black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble, and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power.

--Theodore Roosevelt

dome tent with galaxy with stars

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

--Theodore Roosevelt





man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind.

--Theodore Roosevelt

yellow painted wall

All the resources we need are in the mind.

--Theodore Roosevelt

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

--Theodore Roosevelt


black wooden door near green plant

Nowhere, not at sea, does a man feel more lonely than when riding over the far-reaching, seemingly never-ending plains.

--Theodore Roosevelt

selective focus of common poppy flower

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



white and yellow lily in bloom

With a great moral issue involved, neutrality does not serve righteousness; for to be neutral between right and wrong is to serve wrong.

--Theodore Roosevelt

white and gray floral bed sheet

I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person looking at the milkyway

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


rock formation under starry skies

I want to see you game, boys, I want to see you brave and manly, and I also want to see you gentle and tender.

--Theodore Roosevelt

plain background

Let us show, not merely in great crises, but in every day of life, qualities of practical intelligence, of hardihood and endurance, and above all, the power of devotion to a lofty ideal.

--Theodore Roosevelt


women's black and pink monokini

Show me a man who makes no mistakes, and I will show you a man who doesn't do things.

--Theodore Roosevelt

green and white abstract painting

I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened.

--Theodore Roosevelt

silhouette of a person during sunset

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

white wooden hut during daytime

By acting as if I was not afraid, I gradually ceased to be afraid.

--Theodore Roosevelt

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

The most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

The most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages, though it is apt to be also the most terrible and inhuman. The rude, fierce settler who drives the savage from the land lays all civilized mankind under a debt to him. ...It is of incalculable importance that America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red, black, and yellow aboriginal owners, and become the heritage of the dominant world races.


woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

The second cup of coffee is never as good as the first.

--Theodore Roosevelt

island during daytime

Give a man a soccer ball, he plays for a moment. Teach a man to play soccer, he plays for a life time.

--Theodore Roosevelt

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

After the war, and until the day of his death, his position on almost every public question was either mischievous or ridiculous, and usually both.

--Theodore Roosevelt




aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

That was a good mark in Latin, and I am pleased with your steady improvement in it.

--Theodore Roosevelt

river between trees under blue sky

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

sunset

We did everything possible to keep up the spirits of the men, but it was exceedingly difficult because there was nothing for them to do.

--Theodore Roosevelt


black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime

Laws are essential emanations from the self-poised character of God; they radiate from the sun to the circling edge of creation. Verily, the mighty Lawgiver hath subjected himself unto laws.

--Theodore Roosevelt

red tulips flower

The dull, purblind folly of the very rich men, their greed and arrogance, and the corruption in business and politics, have tended to produce a very unhealthy condition.

--Theodore Roosevelt

long exposure photography of beach

Anything that encourages pauperism, anything that relaxes the manly fiber and lowers self-respect, is an unmixed evil.

--Theodore Roosevelt

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution.

--Theodore Roosevelt

blue textile on brown wooden table

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

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.

--Theodore Roosevelt

scenery of aurora

Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Arizona landscape

The name Roosevelt has this legendary force in our country at this time.

--Theodore Roosevelt


blue and white abstract painting

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

trees under blue sky and stars during nighttime photo

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

red and pink flowers

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

Arizona landscape

You would be much amused with the animals round the ranch.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Arizona landscape

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

Books are the ammunition of life.

--Theodore Roosevelt

road during night time

The chase is among the best of all national pastimes; it cultivates that vigorous manliness for the lack of which in a nation, as in an individual, the possession of no other qualities can possibly atone.

--Theodore Roosevelt




gold round wall clock on white painted wall

No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.

--Theodore Roosevelt





withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

grayscale photo of person's back

A good shot must necessarily be a good man since the essence of good marksmanship is self-control and self-control is the essential quality of a good man.

--Theodore Roosevelt

wall

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. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.

--Theodore Roosevelt

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.

--Theodore Roosevelt

green trees

No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community.

--Theodore Roosevelt

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

The hardest lessons to learn are those that are the most obvious.

--Theodore Roosevelt

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

The Bad Lands grade all the way from those that are almost rolling in character to those that are so fantastically broken in form and so bizarre in color as to seem hardly properly to belong to this earth.

--Theodore Roosevelt





selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

Americans learn only from catastrophe and not from experience.

--Theodore Roosevelt

white and blue sky during daytime

Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.

--Theodore Roosevelt

brown rock formation

The Welfare of Each of Us Is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us.

--Theodore Roosevelt

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. There is a delight in the hardy life of the open... Apart from this, yet mingled with it, is the strong attraction of the silent places, of the large tropic moons, and the splendor of the new stars; where the wanderer sees the awful glory of sunrise and sunset in the wide waste spaces of the earth, unworn of man, and changed only by the slow change of the ages through time everlasting.







yellow background

I believe that there should be a very much heavier progressive tax on very large incomes, a tax which should increase in a very marked fashion for the gigantic incomes.

--Theodore Roosevelt


Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

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.

--Theodore Roosevelt

white textile in close up photography

We must hold the just balance and set ourselves as resolutely against improper corporate influence on the one hand as against demagogy and mob rule on the other.

--Theodore Roosevelt

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

orange room with open door

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

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

We have room in this country for but one flag, the Stars and Stripes!

--Theodore Roosevelt

bonfire in forest

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

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A President has a great chance; his position is almost that of a king and a prime minister rolled into one.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

A President has a great chance; his position is almost that of a king and a prime minister rolled into one. Once he has left office he cannot do very much; and he is a fool if he fails to realize it all and to be profoundly thankful for having had the great chance.


pink rose in bloom close up photo

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




man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.

--Theodore Roosevelt

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

With self-discipline, all things are possible.

--Theodore Roosevelt



Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune-make for a finer, nobler type of manhood.

--Theodore Roosevelt

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

The Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Longer Version:

The Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and the failure to act against Turkey is to condone it the failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense.


boy and cat in front of moon

The wolf is the arch type of ravin, the beast of waste and desolation.

--Theodore Roosevelt

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Personally I have never been able to understand why the head of a big business, whether it be the Nation, the State or the Army, or Navy should not desire to have very strong and positive people under him.

--Theodore Roosevelt

Arizona landscape pines

A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person standing on top of mountain

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

blue parrot standing on brown tree branch

Great corporations exist only because they are created and safeguarded by our institutions; and it is therefore our right and duty to see that they work in harmony with these institutions.

--Theodore Roosevelt

silhouette of stones during golden hour

Burning fossil fuels is like breaking up the furniture to feed the fireplace because it's easier than going out to the woodpile.

--Theodore Roosevelt


red and white petaled flower close-up photography

No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with the gratitude to the Giver of good who has blessed us.

--Theodore Roosevelt

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.

--Theodore Roosevelt


white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

The one being abhorrent to the powers above the earth and under them is the hyphenated American.

--Theodore Roosevelt

pink and white flower in close up photography

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.

--Theodore Roosevelt



sunset

I wish very much that the wrong people could be prevented entirely from breeding.

--Theodore Roosevelt



woman standing on beachfront

The power of the
journalist is great, but he is entitled neither to respect nor admiration because of
that power unless it is used aright.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person holding gray leaf

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

The modern naturalist must realize that in some of its branches his profession, while more than ever a science, has also become an art.

--Theodore Roosevelt

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

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

--Theodore Roosevelt


full moon in the sky

To my mind there is a peculiar fascination in hunting the mule-deer. By the time hunting season has arrived the buck is no longer the slinking beast of the thicket, but a bold and yet wary dweller in the uplands.

--Theodore Roosevelt

boy and cat in front of moon

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.

--Theodore Roosevelt

photography of white wall lot

What such a man needs is not courage but nerve control, cool headedness. This he can get only by practice.

--Theodore Roosevelt

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

Nine tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.

--Theodore Roosevelt

landscape photography of waves and clouds

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

blue sky

Silent strength is the quality of all good men and most mummies.

--Theodore Roosevelt

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

The one absolute certain way to bring this nation to ruin ... would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.

--Theodore Roosevelt

pink and blue painted wall

Profanity is the parlance of the fool. Why curse when there is such a magnificent language with which to discourse?

--Theodore Roosevelt




trees under blue sky and stars during nighttime photo

It tires me to talk to rich men. You expect a man of millions, the head of a great industry, to be a man worth hearing; but as a rule they don't know anything outside their own business.

--Theodore Roosevelt

pink and white flower in close up photography

The lives of truest heroism are those in which there are no great deeds to look back upon. It is the little things well done that go to make up a truly successful and good life.

--Theodore Roosevelt

person doing yoga exercises

The light has gone out of my life.

--Theodore Roosevelt

green

We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.

--Theodore Roosevelt


bird on pier

We must diligently strive to make our young men decent, God-fearing, law-abiding, honor-loving, justice-doing and also fearless and strong.

--Theodore Roosevelt

selective photography of green leaf plant

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

It is well indeed for out land that we of this generation have learned to think nationally.

--Theodore Roosevelt


Arizona landscape

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

--Theodore Roosevelt

person holding brown leaf

A leader is an average, everyday person who is highly motivated.

--Theodore Roosevelt

We wish you a perfect day!