Saturday, October 23, 2010

Favorite Teddy Roosevelt Quotes (poached from

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. Theodore Roosevelt 

A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues. Theodore Roosevelt 

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. Theodore Roosevelt 

Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. Theodore Roosevelt 

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. Theodore Roosevelt 

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

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt 

Speak softly, and carry a big stick. Theodore Roosevelt 

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft. 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 

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt 

Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past. Theodore Roosevelt 

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

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character! Theodore Roosevelt 

I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being. Theodore Roosevelt 

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt 

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 

It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws. Theodore Roosevelt 

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering. Theodore Roosevelt 

No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Theodore Roosevelt 

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience. Theodore Roosevelt 

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures. 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. 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. 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 

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. Theodore Roosevelt 

The government is us; we are the government, you and I. Theodore Roosevelt 

The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants. 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 

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt 

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