Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

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

  • “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”
    by 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.”
    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
  • “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
  • “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
    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
  • “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.”
    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 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.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “With self-discipline most anything is possible.”
    by Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.”
    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
  • “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.”
    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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