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Quotes from Theodore Roosevelt

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

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

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. [In a speech at the Minnesota State Fair, 1901]

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Far better it is 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 gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.

We wish to control big business so as to secure among other things good wages for the wage-workers and reasonable prices for the consumers.
Wherever in any business the prosperity of the business man is obtained by lowering the wages of his workmen and charging an excessive price to the consumers we wish to interfere and stop such practices. [In a speech at the convention of the National Progressive Party in Chicago, 1912]

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.

A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

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

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country. [So, not that far away from Donald Trump ;-)]

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 them 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 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, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.

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.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.

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

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.

Believe you can and you're halfway there.