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Theodore Roosevelt, or Teddy, was alive from 1858 to 1919. He served as the twenty-sixth President of The United States. Besides that, he was a dedicated explorer, naturalist, historian, and politician. He was the founder of the Progressive party. Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City, to a very wealthy family. He had a childhood that was characterized by chronic illness. He attended Harvard College, studying biology. Determined to overcome his physical limitations, he had a drive to live life fully. Roosevelt had a strong love of nature and the outdoors. Roosevelt entered politics by getting elected to the New York State Assembly. He had only graduated Harvard the year before. At the same time, he established himself as a writer by having his first book, The Naval War of 1812, published. People were looking to him as a historian, and as a leader. After the loss of his wife, Teddy took time off from politics. After a break in Montana, he returned to New York, becoming commissioner. During the Spanish American war, Roosevelt developed the Rough Riders, a band of wealthy men and cowboys. After fighting in Cuba, he returned to become Governor of New York State. Roosevelt ran as William Mckinley's running mate in the presidential election. He assumed the office of the president after Mckinley was assassinated. He was reelected in 1904 in an election that can only be described as a landslide against his Democratic opponent. He went on to pursue a "fair deal" for everyone, break up monopolies, and work towards a national focus on conservation.

With self-discipline most anything is possible.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place
for all of us to live in.
Theodore Roosevelt

All the resources we need are in the mind.
Theodore Roosevelt

It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great
dreamer.
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When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
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The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.
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No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
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Each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.
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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.
Theodore Roosevelt

I am only an average man, but by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
Theodore Roosevelt

Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.
Theodore Roosevelt

This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the
crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.
Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
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Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
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The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run.
Theodore Roosevelt

No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when
we require him to obey it. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
Theodore Roosevelt

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt

To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
Theodore Roosevelt

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants
done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

I urge you to study law. A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight
car. But a man who graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad.
Theodore Roosevelt

Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.
Theodore Roosevelt

There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to
him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.
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The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.
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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.
Theodore Roosevelt

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that
true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish
the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do
not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
Theodore Roosevelt

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
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If you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.
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Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
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If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base
and sordid creature, no matter how successful.
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Into a woman's keeping is committed the destiny of the generations to come.
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The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along
with people.
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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

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.
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