Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. (Source Wikipedia)
1. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
2. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
3. When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.
4. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
5. The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.
6. 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.
7. Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.
8. Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
9. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.
10. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
11. Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.
12. Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.
13. Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
14. When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.
15. We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.
16. The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.
17. 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.
18. There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.
19. Comparison is the thief of joy.
20. Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.
21. Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
22. I am a strong individualist by personal habit, inheritance, and conviction; but it is a mere matter of common sense to recognize that the State, the community, the citizens acting together, can do a number of things better than if they were left to individual action.
23. I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened.
24. 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!
25. All the resources we need are in the mind.
26. People ask the difference between a leader and a boss … The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
27. Nothing worth having comes easy.
28. It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.
29. Although not a very old man, I have yet lived a great deal in my life, and I have known sorrow too bitter and joy too keen to allow me to become either cast down or elated for more than a very brief period over any success or defeat.
30. We should not forget that it will be just as important to our descendants to be prosperous in their time as it is to us to be prosperous in our time.
31. It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
32. the most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
33. It may be true that he travels farthest who travels alone, but the goal thus reached is not worth reaching.
34. I have a perfect horror of words that are not backed up by deeds.
35. There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.
36. Each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.
37. With self discipline most anything is possible.
38. Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.
39. The reader, the booklover, must meet his own needs without paying too much attention to what his neighbors say those needs should be.
40. It is no use to preach to children if you do not act decently yourself.
41. It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; 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 cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat…
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