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Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

(1858-1919), Twenty-sixth President of the USA

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

Category: Power

Willful sterility is, from the standpoint of the nation, from the standpoint of the human race, the one sin for which the penalty is national death, race death; a sin for which there is no atonement. No man, no woman, can shirk the primary duties of life, whether for love of ease and pleasure, or for any other cause, and retain his or her self-respect.

Category: Procreation

No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.

Category: Public Office

Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.

Category: Purpose

Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world.

Category: Right And Rightness

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 much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Category: Risk

It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home.

Category: Risk

It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Category: Risk

The men and women who have the right ideals... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.

Category: Self-sacrifice

I want to see you shoot the way you shout.

Category: Soldier

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

Category: Strength

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Category: Success

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell em, ''Certainly I can!'' -- and get busy and find out how to do it.

Category: Success

No man needs sympathy because he has to work. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Category: Sympathy

It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.

Category: Trade Unions