Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience.
– Theodore Roosevelt

When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.
– Theodore Roosevelt

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care
– Theodore Roosevelt

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
– Theodore Roosevelt

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.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far.
– Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
– Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

It is better to have it and need it, than to need it and not have it.
– Theodore Roosevelt

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

All the resources we need are in the mind.
– Theodore Roosevelt

The worst of all fears is the fear of living
– Theodore Roosevelt

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

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.
– Theodore Roosevelt

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

Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
– Theodore Roosevelt

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
– Theodore Roosevelt

With self-discipline most anything is possible.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
– Theodore Roosevelt

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

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
– Theodore Roosevelt

A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy
– Theodore Roosevelt

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
– Theodore Roosevelt

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