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Theodore Roosevelt

  • American president
  • Born October 27, 1858
  • Died January 6, 1919

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He served as the 25th vice president from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.


Believe you can and you're halfway there.

Believe you can and you're halfway there.




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




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




The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.




Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.




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

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




Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.




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

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




Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.




Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.




A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.




We can have no '50-50' allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.




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.




I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.




The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.




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.




Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.




No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.




Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.




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

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




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




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




With self-discipline most anything is possible.




I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.




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




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




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

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




Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.




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.




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.

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.




Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.




Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.




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.




Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.




The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.




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



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