The Best Theodore Roosevelt Quotes 

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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. Theodore Roosevelt
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
It is better to be faithful than famous. Theodore Roosevelt
No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse. Theodore Roosevelt
The government is us; we are the government, you and I. Theodore Roosevelt
Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. Theodore Roosevelt
MY fellow citizens, no people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours... Theodore Roosevelt
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft. Theodore Roosevelt
There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 % Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else. Theodore Roosevelt
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives. Theodore Roosevelt
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. Theodore Roosevelt
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life. Theodore Roosevelt
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster. Theodore Roosevelt
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt
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. Theodore Roosevelt
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
The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day. Theodore Roosevelt
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt
The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice. Theodore Roosevelt
There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the money touch, but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers. Theodore Roosevelt
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. Theodore Roosevelt
Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time. Theodore Roosevelt
Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world. Theodore Roosevelt
Yes, Haven, most of us enjoy preaching, and Ive got such a bully pulpit! Theodore Roosevelt
I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man. Theodore Roosevelt