Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt - An Autobiography, 1913)
Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt
We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with high and resolute 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 (Speech in New York City, 1898)
I am a part of everything that I have read.
Theodore Roosevelt
I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
Theodore Roosevelt (Letter to Henry L. Sprague, 1900)
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.
Theodore Roosevelt (Speech in Paris, France, 1910)
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
Theodore Roosevelt
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.
Theodore Roosevelt (Quoted in Presidential Addresses and State Papers, 1910)
Among the wise and high-minded people who in self-respecting and genuine fashion strive earnestly for peace, there are the foolish fanatics always to be found in such a movement and always discrediting it — the men who form the lunatic fringe in all reform movements.
Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt - An Autobiography, 1913)
No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency.
Theodore Roosevelt (The Strenuous Life, 1900)
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 (Quoted in Presidential Addresses and State Papers, 1910)
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
Theodore Roosevelt
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
Theodore Roosevelt (Speech in Chicago - Hamilton Club, 1899)
To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Theodore Roosevelt
Our words must be judged by our deeds; and in striving for a lofty ideal we must use practical methods; and if we cannot attain all at one leap, we must advance towards it step by step, reasonably content so long as we do actually make some progress in the right direction.
Theodore Roosevelt (Nobel Lecture Address in Norway, 1910)
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 (Speech in Rhode Island, 1902)
There are many kinds of success in life worth having.
Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt - An Autobiography, 1913)
Love of order, ability to fight well and breed well, capacity to subordinate the interests of the individual to the interests of the community, these and similar rather humdrum qualities go to make up the sum of social efficiency... We need intellect, and there is no reason why we should not have it together with character; but if we must choose between the two we choose character without a moment's hesitation.
Theodore Roosevelt (Quoted in The North American Review, 1895)
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt
A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as helpless.
Theodore Roosevelt (Quoted in Presidential Addresses and State Papers, 1910)
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 (African Game Trails, 1910)
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt
To any nation that stands for human liberties, they have an Ally in the United States.
Theodore Roosevelt (Speech in Rhode Island, 1901)
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt
The light has gone out of my life.
Theodore Roosevelt (Roosevelt's diary - After the death of his mother and wife, 1884)
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 (Third Annual Message to Congress, 1903)
Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
Theodore Roosevelt (Social justice and popular rule; essays, addresses, and public statements relating to the Progressive Movement, 1910 - 1916)
Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.
Theodore Roosevelt (The Strenuous Life, 1900)
With self-discipline most anything is possible. 
Theodore Roosevelt
The greatest happiness is the happiness that comes as a by-product of striving to do what must be done, even though sorrow is met in the doing.
Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt - An Autobiography, 1913)
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 (The Strenuous Life, 1900)
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 (African Game Trails, 1910)
I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism; and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.
Theodore Roosevelt
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
Theodore Roosevelt (Quoted in The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, 1926)
We cannot afford merely to sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them; and this task is now well begun.
Theodore Roosevelt (Quoted in The City in Modern Life, 1926)
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. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.
Theodore Roosevelt
The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.
Theodore Roosevelt
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt (Speech in New York, 1903)
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 (Quoted in The Everything Theodore Roosevelt Book, 2011)
We must ever bear in mind that the great end in view is righteousness, justice as between man and man, nation and nation, the chance to lead our lives on a somewhat higher level, with a broader spirit of brotherly goodwill one for another.
Theodore Roosevelt (Nobel Lecture Address in Norway, 1910)
When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
Theodore Roosevelt (Quoted in A compilation of the messages and speeches of Theodore Roosevelt, 1906
Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one.
Theodore Roosevelt (Letter to Cecil Spring-Rice, 1900)
The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.
Variant: A man who never makes a mistake never does anything.
Theodore Roosevelt
We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less.
Theodore Roosevelt (Speech in New York, 1903)
Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
Theodore Roosevelt (Quoted in Americanism of Theodore Roosevelt, 2003)
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Theodore Roosevelt
Please put out the light, James.
Theodore Roosevelt (His last words)
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt (Speech in Chicago - Hamilton Club, 1899)
There are two kinds of success, or rather two kinds of ability displayed in the achievement of success. There is, first, the success either in big things or small things which comes to the man who has in him the natural power to do what no one else can do, and what no amount of training, no perseverance or will power, will enable any ordinary man to do. This success, of course, like every other kind of success, may be on a very big scale or on a small scale. The quality which the man possesses may be that which enables him to run a hundred yards in nine and three-fifths seconds, or to play ten separate games of chess at the same time blindfolded, or to add five columns of figures at once without effort, or to write the "Ode to a Grecian Urn," or to deliver the Gettysburg speech, or to show the ability of Frederick at Leuthen or Nelson at Trafalgar. No amount of training of body or mind would enable any good ordinary man to perform any one of these feats. Of course the proper performance of each implies much previous study or training, but in no one of them is success to be attained save by the altogether exceptional man who has in him the something additional which the ordinary man does not have. This is the most striking kind of success, and it can be attained only by the man who has in him the quality which separates him in kind no less than in degree from his fellows. But much the commoner type of success in every walk of life and in every species of effort is that which comes to the man who differs from his fellows not by the kind of quality which he possesses but by the degree of development which he has given that quality. This kind of success is open to a large number of persons, if only they seriously determine to achieve it. It is the kind of success which is open to the average man of sound body and fair mind, who has no remarkable mental or physical attributes, but who gets just as much as possible in the way of work out of the aptitudes that he does possess. It is the only kind of success that is open to most of us. Yet some of the greatest successes in history have been those of this second class--when I call it second class I am not running it down in the least, I am merely pointing out that it differs in kind from the first class. To the average man it is probably more useful to study this second type of success than to study the first. From the study of the first he can learn inspiration, he can get uplift and lofty enthusiasm. From the study of the second he can, if he chooses, find out how to win a similar success himself.
Theodore Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt - An Autobiography, 1913)

Theodore Roosevelt Biography

Born: October 27, 1858
Died: January 6, 1919

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He is best known for his character and personality. He is also known for being a naturalist, author, explorer, soldier and hunter.

Notable Works

The Strenuous Life(1900)
African Game Trails(1910
Autobiography (1913)