115 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

Theodore Roosevelt, also known as Teddy Roosevelt and TR, was the 26th president of the United States (1901–09) and a novelist, naturalist, and soldier. His quotes are best known as ” Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership”. He was born on October 27, 1858, in New York, New York, and died on January 6, 1919, in Oyster Bay, New York.

In tensions between big business and labour, he increased the presidency’s and the federal government’s powers in favour of the public interest, and directed the country toward a more active position in world affairs, especially in Europe and Asia.

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

1.

“There is only one quality worse than hardness

of heart and that is softness of head”

-Theodore Roosevelt

2.

With self-discipline,

almost anything is possible.”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

3.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

People don’t care how much you know until

they know how much you care.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

4.

“Speak softly and carry a big stick,

you will go far”

-Theodore Roosevelt quotes

5.

When you play, play hard;

when you work,

don’t play at all.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

6.

Do what you can,

with what you have,

where you are.

-Theodore Roosevelt

7.

 “Believe you can and

you’re halfway there.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

8.

Comparison is the thief of joy.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

9.

 “Nobody cares how much you know,

until they know how much you care.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

10.

“All the resources we need

are in the mind”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

11.

Order without liberty and liberty

without order are equally destructive.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

12.

Courage is not having the strength to go on;

it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

13.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

It is hard to fail,

but it is worse never

to have tried to succeed.

-Theodore Roosevelt

14.

The reactionary is always

willing to take

a progressive attitude

on any issue that is dead.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

15.

Do what you can,

with what you have,

where you are.”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

16.

A people without children

would face a hopeless future;

a country without trees

is almost as helpless.

-Theodore Roosevelt

17.

No man may poison

the people for his private profit”.

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

18.

 “Freedom from effort in the present merely means

that there has been effort stored up in the past.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

19.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

“The man who makes no mistakes

does not usually make anything”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

20.

Sometimes in life, both at school and afterward,

fortune will go against anyone,’

but if he just keeps pegging away

and don’t lose his courage things always

take a turn for the better in the end.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

21.

Working women have the same need to protection

those working men have;

the ballot is as necessary for one class as to the other;

we do not believe that with the two sexes there is identity of function;

but we do believe there should be equality of right.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

22.

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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

23.

“When you’re

at the end of your rope,

tie a knot and hold on.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

24.

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.”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

25.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

Keep your eyes on the stars,

and your feet on the ground.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

26.

A true forest is not merely

a storehouse full of wood,

but, as it were,

a factory of wood.

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

27.

 “I don’t always get shot during the middle of a speech,

but when I do, I finish the damn speech.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

28.

 “A vote is like a rifle;

its usefulness depends upon

the character of the user.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

29.

“In life, as in a football game,

the principle to follow is,

hit the line hard.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

30.

The men and women who have the right ideals,

are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness

which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice,

and those whose joy in life springs in part

from the power of work and sense of duty.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

31.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

“It is no use to preach to [children]

if you do not act decently yourself.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

32.

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.”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

33.

“The only man who never makes mistakes is

the man who never does anything.

-Theodore Roosevelt

34.

No one cares how much you know,

until they know how much you care.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

35.

“Conservation and rural-life policies are

really two sides of the same policy;

and down at the bottom this policy rests

upon the fundamental law

that neither man nor nation can prosper unless,

in dealing with the present,

thought is steadily given for the future.

-Theodore Roosevelt

36.

 “Don’t hit at all

if it is honourably possible to avoid hitting,

but never hit soft.”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

37.

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is

the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

38.

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is

good enough to be given a square deal afterward.

More than that no man is entitled to,

and less than that no man shall have.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

39.

Our chief usefulness to humanity rests

on our combining power with high purpose.

Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity,

and high purpose by itself is utterly useless

if the power to put it into effect is lacking.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

40.

“I never keep boys waiting.

It’s a hard trial for a boy to wait.”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

41.

Courage isn’t the absence of fear,

it’s the choice that something else

is greater than that fear.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

42.

“If I must choose

between peace and righteousness,

I choose righteousness”

-Theodore Roosevelt

43.

Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much

unless you do what’s right.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

44.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

“The one thing

I want to leave my children

is an Honorable name.”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

45.

“It is hard to fail,

but it is worse never

to have tried to succeed.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

46.

“For unflagging interest and enjoyment,

a household of children,

if things go reasonably well,

certainly makes all other forms of success

and achievement loses their

importance by comparison.”

Teddy Roosevelt quotes

47.

With self discipline most

anything is possible.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt quotes on leadership

48

“To educate a person in the mind

but not in morals is

to educate a menace to society.

-Theodore Roosevelt quotes on leadership

49.

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.

The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

50.

“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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

51.

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection.

I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop

and use the natural resources of our land;

but I do not recognize the right to waste them,

or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.

-Theodore Roosevelt quotes on leadership

52.

 ” 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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

53.

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

-Theodore Roosevelt

54.

“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.

-Theodore Roosevelt

55.

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 quotes on leadership

56.

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

-Theodore Roosevelt

57.

“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals.

Keep your eyes on the stars,

but remember to keep your feet on the ground.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

58.

I am only an average man,

but I work harder at it

than the average man.”

-Theodore Roosevelt quotes on leadership

59.

“If you could kick the person in the pants

responsible for most of your trouble,

you wouldn’t sit for a month.

-Theodore Roosevelt

60.

“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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

61.

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

62.


“Defenders of the short-sighted men

who in their greed and selfishness will,

if permitted, rob our country of half its charm

by their reckless extermination of all useful and

beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them

by saying the “the game belongs to the people.

So it does; and not merely to the people now alive,

but to the unborn people. “

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

63.

“The “greatest good for the greatest number” applies

to the number within the womb of time, compared to

which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction.

-Theodore Roosevelt

64.

“Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations,

bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting

the heritage of these unborn generations.

The movement for the conservation of wildlife and

the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources

are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

65.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

 “Old age is like everything else.

To make a success of it,

you’ve got to start young.” 

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

66.

“We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act,

and especially should we beware of attacking the men

who are merely the occasions and not the cause of the disaster.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

67.

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.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

68.

“Optimism is a good characteristic,

but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness.

We are prone to speak of the resources of

this country as inexhaustible; this is not so.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

69.

Dreams are a dime a dozen.

It’s their execution that counts”

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

70.

“I am a part of everything

that I have read.

-Theodore Roosevelt

71.

Get action.

Seize the moment.

Man was never intended

to become an oyster.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

72.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things,

to win glorious triumphs,

even though checkered by failure,

than to take rank with those poor spirits

who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,

because they live in the gray twilight

that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

73.

“We are face to face with our destiny and

we must meet it with high and resolute courage.

For us is the life of action,

of strenuous performance of duty;

let us live in the harness, striving mightily;

let us rather run the risk of wearing out

than rusting out.”

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

74.

The things that will destroy America

are prosperity at any price, peace at any price,

safety first instead of duty first and

love of soft living and

the get-rich-quick theory of life.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

75.

“We of an older generation can get along with what we have,

though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood

you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man

so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want,

you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted…

So any nation which in its youth lives only for the day reaps without sowing,

and consumes without husbanding, must expect the penalty of the prodigal

whose labor could with difficulty find him the bare means of life.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

76.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

Nothing worth having comes easy.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

77.

I am an American; free born and free bred,

where I acknowledge no man as my superior,

except for his own worth, or as my inferior,

except for his own demerit.

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

78.

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success

is knowing how to get along with people.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

79.

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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

80.

“I took the canal zone and let congress debate,

and while the debate goes on the canal does also”

-Theodore Roosevelt

81.

Remember always that the man who does a thing

so that it is worth doing is always a man who does his work for the work’s sake.

A scientific man, a writer, a historian, an artist,

can only be a good man of science, a first-class artist, a first-class writer,

if he does his work for the sake of doing it well.” 

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

82.

There can be no greater issue than

that of conservation in this country.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

83.

There is no effort

without error and shortcoming.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

84.

Every immigrant who comes here should be required

within five years to learn English or leave the country.

-Theodore Roosevelt

85.

There has never yet been a man in our history

who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

86.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs,

even though checkered by failure,

than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much,

because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

87.

” Far and away the best prize that life offers is

the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

88.

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind,

but great actions speak to all mankind.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

89.

“We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood.

We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage,

of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking

the rough work that must always be done.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

90.

I cannot consent to take the position that the door of hope ,

the door of opportunity is to be shut upon any man,

no matter how worthy, purely upon the grounds of race or color.

Such an attitude would, according

to my convictions, be fundamentally wrong.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

91.

“The conservation of natural resources is

the fundamental problem.

Unless we solve that problem

it will avail us little to solve all others.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

92.

Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness,

but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as

it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor

an individual can surrender conscience to another’s keeping.” 

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

93.

100 Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes

Complaining about a problem without

posing a solution is called whining.”

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

94.

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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

95.

“Patriotism means to stand by the country.

It Does not mean to stand by the President.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Best Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

96.

We must show, not merely in great crises,

but in the everyday affairs of life, the qualities of practical intelligence,

of courage, of hardihood, and endurance, and above all the power of devotion to a lofty ideal,

which made great the men who founded this Republic in the days of Washington,

which made great the men who preserved this Republic in the days of Abraham Lincoln.”

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

97.

Thrice happy is the nation that has a glorious history.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs,

even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with

those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,

because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

98.

“The Strenuous Life” “Is America a weakling, to shrink

from the work of the great world powers?

No! The young giant of the West stands on a continent

and clasps the crest of an ocean in either hand.

Our nation, glorious in youth and strength,

looks into the future with eager eyes and

rejoices as a strong man to run a race.”

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

99.

No man is above the law,

and no man is below it.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

100.

“A vote is like a rifle,

its usefulness depends upon

the character of the user.

-Theodore Roosevelt

101.

Big jobs usually go to the men

who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

102.

A man who has never gone to school

may steal a freight car,

but if he has a university education,

he may steal the whole railroad.

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

103.

In the presence of infinite might and infinite wisdom,

the strength of the strongest man is but weakness,

and the keenest of mortal eyes see but dimly.

-Theodore Roosevelt

104.

 ” 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 much nor suffer much,

because they live in that grey twilight

that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

-Teddy Roosevelt quotes on leadership

105.

“My hat’s in the ring.

The fight is on and I’m stripped to the buff.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

106.

Dreams are a dime a dozen.

it’s their execution that counts.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

107.

“If a man does not have an idea

and try to live up to it,

then he becomes a mean,

base, and sordid creature,

no matter how successful.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

108.

“Far and away the best prize that

life has to offer is the chance

to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

109.

“A great democracy has got to be progressive,

or it will soon cease to be either great or a democracy.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

110.

“This country will not be a permanently good place

for any of us to live in unless

make it a reasonably good place

for all of us to live in.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

111.

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much

unless you do what’s right.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

112.

The reason fat men are good natured is

they can neither fight nor run.

-Theodore Roosevelt

113.

“No man needs sympathy because he has to work,

because he has a burden to carry.

Far and away the best prize that life offers is

the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

114.

“Old age is like everything else.

To make a success of it,

you’ve got to start young.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

115.

To sit home, read one’s favorite paper,

and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy,

but it is markedly ineffective.

It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing.” 

-Theodore Roosevelt

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FAQ on Teddy Roosevelt:

When was Theodore Roosevelt born and when did he die?

Teddy Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, in the United States. At the age of 60, he died on January 6, 1919.

Where did Theodore Roosevelt get his education?

Teddy Roosevelt attended Harvard College and Columbia Law School, but did not complete his studies.

How did Theodore Roosevelt become famous?

Theodore Roosevelt became a national hero for his involvement in the Spanish-American War, especially as the commander of the Rough Riders regiment, despite having been a public servant for nearly two decades. From 1901 to 1909, he served as President of the United States.

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