Theodore Roosevelt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old theodore roosevelt quotes, theodore roosevelt sayings, and theodore roosevelt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.     

Theodore Roosevelt

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.     

Theodore Roosevelt

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly     

Theodore Roosevelt

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Freemasonry teaches not merely temperance, fortitude, prudence, justice, brotherly love, relief, and truth, but liberty, equality, and fraternity, and it denounces ignorance, superstition, bigotry, lust tyranny and despotism.     

Theodore Roosevelt

If you've got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.     

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Conservation means development as much as it does protection. A man's usefulness depends upon his living up to his ideals insofar as he can.     

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The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.     

Theodore Roosevelt

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.      

Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you're halfway there.     

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

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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.     

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

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The wolf is the arch type of ravin, the beast of waste and desolation.     

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Believe you can and you're halfway there.     

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Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution.     

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Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering.     

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Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.     

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

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Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage     

Theodore Roosevelt

The hardest lessons to learn are those that are the most obvious.     

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All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune-make for a finer, nobler type of manhood     

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Power always brings with it responsibility.     

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

Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you're halfway there.     

Theodore Roosevelt

The lunatic fringe in all reform movements.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.     

Theodore Roosevelt