Authors - Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 - January 6, 1919) is mostly remembered as the twenty-sixth President of the United States. In addition to holding elective office as a New York State assemblyman, Governor of New York, Vice President, and President, he was also a deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Colonel of the Rough Riders *, all by the age of 42, at which time he became the youngest man ever to hold the office of President. - Theodore Roosevelt Association
Only those who are fit to live 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.
It is both foolish and wicked to teach the average man who is not well off that some wrong or injustice has been done him, and that he should hope for redress elsewhere than in his own industry, honesty, and intelligence.
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
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.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
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.
The worst of all fears is the fear of living.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
War with evil; but show no spirit of malignity toward the man who may be responsible for the evil. Put it out of his power to do wrong.
A finer body of men has never been gathered by any nation than the men who have done the work of building the Panama Canal; the conditions under which they have lived and have done their work have been better than in any similar work ever undertaken in the tropics; they have all felt an eager pride in their work; and they have made not only America but the whole world their debtors by what they have accomplished.
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 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 and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
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 diffcult lives and led them well.
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.
The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans.
A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
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.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled it burns like a consuming flame.
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
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 nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
I keep my good health by having a very bad temper, kept under good control.
Envy is as evil a thing as arrogance.
Americans learn only from catastrophe and not from experience.
The forces that tend for evil are great and terrible, but the forces of truth and love and courage and honesty and generosity and sympathy are also stronger than ever before.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
This truth should be kept constantly in mind by every free people desiring to preserve the sanity and poise indispensable to the permanent success of self-government.
We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal.
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.
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character!
Let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly.
Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.
If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs.
Avoid the base hypocrisy of condemning in one man what you pass over in silence when committed by another.
Our country offers the most wonderful example of democratic government on a giant scale that the world has ever seen; and the peoples of the world are watching to see whether we succeed or fail.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
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.
The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.
There is quite enough sorrow and shame amd suffering and baseness in real life, and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Speak softly and carry a big stick.
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.
It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.
Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
Success, the real success, does not depend upon the position you hold but upon how you carry yourself in that position.
A stream cannot rise larger than its source.
The fool who has not sense to discriminate between what is good and what is bad is well nigh as dangerous as the man who does discriminate and yet chooses the bad.
If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.
Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.
There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
With self-discipline most anything is possible.
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Life's not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis
Change your thoughts and you change your world.