Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt (26th president of US (1858 – 1919))

  • “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “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.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.”
    by 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.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The government is us; we are the government, you and I.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “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.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “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.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt

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