Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States, serving from 1901 to 1909. He was an American statesman, conservationist, historian, naturalist, and writer.

From 1899 to 1900, he was the 33rd governor of New York, and from March to September 1901, he was the 25th vice president of the United States.

Roosevelt rose to prominence as the Republican Party’s leader and a proponent of anti-trust and progressive ideas.

We have compiled a list of the top quotes from Theodore Roosevelt for you.


Best Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

1. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

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2. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

3. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

4. “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

5. “It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

6. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

7. “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

8. “When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

9. “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty. 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.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

10. “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).

11. “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.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

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12. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

13. “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell them, “Certainly I can!”. Then get busy and find out how to do it.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

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14. “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

15. “Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

16. “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

17. “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

18. “No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

19. “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

20. “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly; who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

21. “I am a part of everything that I have read.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

22. “Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

23. “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

24. “All the resources we need are in the mind. ” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

25. “Do Something Now. If not you, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

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26. “Work hard at work worth doing.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

27. “Get action. Do things; be sane; don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

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28. “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

29. “It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come he is ready.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

30. “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

31. “To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

32. “To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

33. “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

34. “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

35. “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).

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36. “The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

37. “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

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38. “It is not the critic who counts.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

39. “It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

40. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

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41. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

42. “For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

43. “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

44. “The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

45. “Character is far more important than intellect in making a man a good citizen or successful at his calling- meaning by character not only such qualities as honesty and truthfulness, but courage, perseverance and self-reliance.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

46. “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.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

47. “Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action…” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

48. “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

49. “I have often been afraid, but I would not give in to it. I made myself act as though I was not afraid and gradually my fear disappeared.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).

50. “Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.” ~ (Theodore Roosevelt).


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