Theodore Roosevelt quotes

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One of the most interesting presidents in America history. He was a driving force in the progressive Era. His views were in the right side of the political spectrum while still trying to introduce new ideas into the world. His quotes prove that he was a politician to believe in. The 26th president of the United States remains strong in American history and pop culture history. He died at the age of sixty in January 6th, 1919.

  • “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
  • “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • ”I don’t always get shot during the middle of a speech, But when i do, I finish the damn speech.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “I am a part of everything that i have read.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Risk is like fire: Of controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled it will rise up and destroy you.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Belive you can and you’re halfway there.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Do what you can with what you have, where you are.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “There once was a time in history when the limitation of governmental power meant increasing liberty for the people. In the present day the limitation of governmental power, of govermental action means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Comparision is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The one quality which sets one man apart from another – the key which lifts one to every aspiration while others are caught up in the mire of mediocrity – is not talent, formal education, nor intellectual brightness – it is self-discipline. With self-discipline, all things are possible. Without it, even the simplest goal can seem like the impossible dream.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Of all forms of tyranny, the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth. The tyranny of plutocracy.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It is better to be faithful than famous” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”— Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “the one characteristic more essential than any other is foresight. . . It should be the growing nation with a future which takes the long look ahead.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” — 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.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “If I must choose between peace and righteousness, I choose righteousness” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The person who succeeds is not the one who holds back, fearing failure, nor the one who never fails… but rather the one who moves on im spite of failure. Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory or defeat. Author: Teddy Roosevelt.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “At sometime in our lives a devil dwells within us, causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.” — 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” — Theodore Roosevelt

So famous his face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Even though Roosevelt had to do some questionable things in his political career, he will always be known in American history as someone who was good and important to history.

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