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.


There is apt to be a lunatic fringe among the votaries of any forward movement.     

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The second cup of coffee is never as good as the first.     

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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.     

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

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The settler and pioneer have at bottom had justice on their side; this great continent could not have been kept as nothing but a game preserve for squalid savages.     

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The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.     

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Make preparations in advance ... you never have trouble if you are prepared for it.     

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

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Comparison is the thief of joy.     

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Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience.     

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Believe you can and you're halfway there.     

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

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You can't choose your potential, but you can choose to fulfill it.     

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Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.     

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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.     

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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 to keep from meddling while they do it.     

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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 modern naturalist must realize that in some of its branches his profession, while more than ever a science, has also become an art.     

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Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.     

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

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Black care rarely sits behind the rider whose pace is fast enough.     

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Nothing worth having comes easy.     

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

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

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A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.     

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

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

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

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

Theodore Roosevelt