Theodore Roosevelt quotes page 2
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.
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.
The worst of all fears is the fear of living.
Working women have the same need to protection that 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.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit
for a month.
In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: hit the line hard.
We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life,
but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who
will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.
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 nor suffer too much,
because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life, A Speech before the
Hamilton Club, 1899
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present"
or "Not guilty."
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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without
error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends
himself for 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 knew neither victory nor defeat.
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead
it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the
very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.
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.
Believe you can and
you're halfway there.
The mother is the one supreme asset of national
life; she is more important by far than the
successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn
English or leave
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do
is the right thing. The worst thing you
can do is nothing.
The conservation of natural resources is the
fundamental problem. Unless we solve that
problem it will avail us little to solve all others.
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have
90% of the work in this country is done by people
who don't feel good.
There are good men and bad men of all nationalities,
creeds and colors; and if this world of
ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general
recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his
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