Authors - Theodore Roosevelt

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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

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Quote 640by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

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.
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    Quote 673by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

    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.
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      Quote 678by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

      Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
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        Quote 750by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

        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.
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          Quote 802by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

          Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
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            Quote 855by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

            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.
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              Quote 881by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

              The worst of all fears is the fear of living.
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                Quote 1211by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
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                  Quote 1227by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                  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.
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                    Quote 1263by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                    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.
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                      Quote 1379by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                      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.
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                        Quote 1445by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                        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.
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                          Quote 1473by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                          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.
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                            Quote 1531by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                            The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.
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                              Quote 1649by Anonymous on 15/01/2011

                              Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
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                                Quote 1863by Anonymous on 18/01/2011

                                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.
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                                  Quote 1917by Anonymous on 18/01/2011

                                  When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
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                                    Quote 1972by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

                                    In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans.
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                                      Quote 2009by Anonymous on 20/01/2011

                                      A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
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                                        Quote 2029by Anonymous on 20/01/2011

                                        Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
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                                          Quote 2053by Anonymous on 21/01/2011

                                          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.
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                                            Quote 2073by Anonymous on 22/01/2011

                                            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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                                              Quote 2087by Anonymous on 22/01/2011

                                              The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled it burns like a consuming flame.
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                                                Quote 2175by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

                                                The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
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                                                  Quote 2178by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

                                                  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.
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                                                    Quote 2410by Anonymous on 28/01/2011

                                                    Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
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                                                      Quote 2450by Anonymous on 30/01/2011

                                                      I keep my good health by having a very bad temper, kept under good control.
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                                                        Quote 2588by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                        Envy is as evil a thing as arrogance.
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                                                          Quote 2661by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                          Americans learn only from catastrophe and not from experience.
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                                                            Quote 2699by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                            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.
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                                                              Quote 2780by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                              Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
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                                                                Quote 2849by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                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.
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                                                                  Quote 3089by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                                                  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.
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                                                                    Quote 3428by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                    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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                                                                      Quote 3515by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                      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!
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                                                                        Quote 3529by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                        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.
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                                                                          Quote 3595by Anonymous on 07/02/2011

                                                                          Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.
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                                                                            Quote 3605by Anonymous on 07/02/2011

                                                                            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.
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                                                                              Quote 3860by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                              Avoid the base hypocrisy of condemning in one man what you pass over in silence when committed by another.
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                                                                                Quote 3899by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                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.
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                                                                                  Quote 3918by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                  It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
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                                                                                    Quote 3983by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                                                    When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
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                                                                                      Quote 4211by Anonymous on 17/02/2011

                                                                                      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.
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                                                                                        Quote 4258by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                                                                                        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.
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                                                                                          Quote 4449by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

                                                                                          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.
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                                                                                            Quote 4468by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                            The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
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                                                                                              Quote 4470by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                              No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
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                                                                                                Quote 4479by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                                Speak softly and carry a big stick.
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                                                                                                  Quote 4577by Anonymous on 23/02/2011

                                                                                                  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.
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                                                                                                    Quote 4601by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                    It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.
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                                                                                                      Quote 4619by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                      Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
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                                                                                                        Quote 4625by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                        Success, the real success, does not depend upon the position you hold but upon how you carry yourself in that position.
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                                                                                                          Quote 4660by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                          A stream cannot rise larger than its source.
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                                                                                                            Quote 4825by Anonymous on 01/03/2011

                                                                                                            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.
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                                                                                                              Quote 4837by Anonymous on 01/03/2011

                                                                                                              If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.
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                                                                                                                Quote 5848by Anonymous on 30/08/2011

                                                                                                                Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
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                                                                                                                  Quote 9500by Anonymous on 01/08/2012

                                                                                                                  Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.
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                                                                                                                    Quote 9646by Anonymous on 12/08/2012

                                                                                                                    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.
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                                                                                                                      Quote 11114by Anonymous on 25/11/2012

                                                                                                                      With self-discipline most anything is possible.
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                                                                                                                        Quote 12227by Anonymous on 18/03/2013

                                                                                                                        A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
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                                                                                                                          Quote 12677by Anonymous on 09/05/2013

                                                                                                                          Life's not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis
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                                                                                                                            Quote 13216by Anonymous on 27/06/2013

                                                                                                                            Change your thoughts and you change your world.
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