Theodore Roosevelt

1858 - 1919

A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on decisions

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.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on generosity, idealism, and practicality

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on time and wisdom

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists of being wise in time.

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on country

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We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on life, men, peace, risk, and world

If we seek merely swollen, slothful ease and ignoble peace, if we shrink from the hard contests where men must win at the hazard of their lives and at the risk of all they hold dear, then bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by, and will win for themselves the domination of the world.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses, 1900. The Strenuous Life

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt

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

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on wealth

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Malefactors of great wealth.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Speech at Provincetown, Massachusetts, August 20, 1907

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on men and society

Men with the muckrake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Address on laying of the cornerstone of the House Office Building, Washington, April 14, 1906

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on failure and success

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

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on achievement, deed, defeat, effort, enthusiasm, errors, failure, soul, timidity, and victory

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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910

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