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A list of the best Theodore Roosevelt quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Theodore Roosevelt quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Theodore Roosevelt quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Theodore Roosevelt should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Theodore Roosevelt quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    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 much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. Risk

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    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 no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Uncategorised

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    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. Unemployment

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    A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have. Patriotism

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

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    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. Decisions

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    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.

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    The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer. Peace

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    A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Colleges and Universities

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    The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything Mistakes

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    Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us.

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

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    No man is above the law, and no man is below it. Equality

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    Here is the task, and I have got to do it to the best of my ability; and that is all there is to it.

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

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    MY fellow citizens, no people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours...

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    Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country. Immigration

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    Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world. Right and Rightness

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

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    The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. 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. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else. Uncategorised

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    The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value. Uncategorised

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    For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison. Children

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    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. Causes

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    No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse. Public office

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    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. Purpose

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    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. Failure

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    Of all the officers of the Government, those of the Department of Justice should be kept most free from any suspicion of improper action on partisan or factional grounds, so that there shall be gradually a growth, even though a slow growth, in the knowledge that the Federal courts and the representatives of the Federal Department of Justice insist on meting out even-handed justice to all. Uncategorised

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    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. Education

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    It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort. Failure

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    If we are to be a really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill. Uncategorised

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    Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords. Uncategorised

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    There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering. Effort

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    Only those are fit to live who 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. Uncategorised

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    Our loyalty is due entirely to the United States. It is due to the President only and exactly to the degree in which he efficiently serves the United States. It is our duty to support him when he serves the United States well. It is our duty to oppose him when he serves it badly. This is true about Mr. Wilson now and it has been true about all our Presidents in the past. It is our duty at all times to tell the truth about the President and about every one else, save in the cases where to tell the truth at the moment would benefit the public enemy. Uncategorised

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    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 disaster. Blame

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    When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer present or not guilty. Politicians and Politics

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    It is better to be faithful than famous. Loyalty

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    We cannot afford merely to sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them; and this task is now well begun. Uncategorised

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    No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. Expediency

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    Yes, Haven, most of us enjoy preaching, and Ive got such a bully pulpit! Uncategorised

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    A man must first care for his own household before he can be of use to the state. But no matter how well he cares for his household, he is not a good citizen unless he also takes thought of the state. In the same way, a great nation must think of its own internal affairs; and yet it cannot substantiate its claim to be a great nation unless it also thinks of its position in the world at large. Uncategorised

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    The weakling and the coward are out of place in a strong and free community. In a republic like ours the governing class is composed of the strong men who take the trouble to do the work of government; and if you are too timid or too fastidious or too careless to do your part in this work, then you forfeit your right to be considered one of the governing and you become one of the governed insteadone of the driven cattle of the political arena. Uncategorised

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    The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties, an appropriation ample enough to meet the necessity for thorough organization and machinery, which requires a large expenditure of money. Then the stipulation should be made that no party receiving campaign funds from the Treasury should accept more than a fixed amount from any individual subscriber or donor; and the necessary publicity for receipts and expenditures could without difficulty be provided. Uncategorised

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    Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, the labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to triumph. Uncategorised

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    Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammalsnot to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening. Many leading men, Americans and Canadians, are doing all they can for the Conservation movement. Uncategorised

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    Conservation and rural-life policies are really two sides of the same policy; and down at bottom this policy rests upon the fundamental law that neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for the future. Uncategorised

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    If we lose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay. Uncategorised

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    My view was that every executive officer, and above all every executive officer in high position, was a steward of the people bound actively and affirmatively to do all he could for the people, and not to content himself with the negative merit of keeping his talents undamaged in a napkin. I declined to adopt the view that what was imperatively necessary for the Nation could not be done by the President unless he could find some specific authorization to do it. My belief was that it was not only his right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the Nation demanded unless such action was forbidden by the Constitution or by the laws. Under this interpretation of executive power I did and caused to be done many things not previously done by the President and the heads of the departments. I did not usurp power, but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power. In other words, I acted for the public welfare, I acted for the common well-being of all our people, whenever and in whatever manner was necessary, unless prevented by direct constitutional or legislative prohibition. Uncategorised

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    Don't foul, don't flinch. Hit the line hard. Courage

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    My hat's in the ring. The fight is on and I'm stripped to the buff. Competition

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