Quotes by Famous People

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

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

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

“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.”

“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 difficult lives and led them well.”

“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.”

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

“Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.”

“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.”

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

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

“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.”

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

“When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.”

“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

“Far better is it 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 a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

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

“A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

“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.”

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

“We wish peace, but we wish the peace of justice, the peace of righteousness. We wish it because we think it is right and not because we are afraid.”

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

“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”

“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.”

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

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

“The worst of all fears is the fear of living.”

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

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

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.”

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

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

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

“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!”

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

“I am a part of everything that I have read.”

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

“We should keep steadily before our minds the fact that Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, of character; that it is not a matter of birthplace, or creed, or line of descent.”

“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”

“Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.”

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

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