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 wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.     

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

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Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny.     

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No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.     

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Performance should be made square with promise.     

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

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In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world.     

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

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Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.     

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Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.     

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There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.     

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A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.     

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

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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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No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.      

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If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.     

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It tires me to talk to rich men. You expect a man of millions, the head of a great industry, to be a man worth hearing; but as a rule they don't know anything outside their own business.     

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The dull, purblind folly of the very rich men, their greed and arrogance, and the corruption in business and politics, have tended to produce a very unhealthy condition.     

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Certain rich men, whose lives are evil and corrupt, are the representatives of predatory wealth accumulated by all forms of inequity, from the oppression of wage workers to unfair methods of crushing out competition.     

Theodore Roosevelt

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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There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.     

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You could no more make an agreement with them than you could nail currant jelly to a wall...and the failure to nail currant jelly to a wall is not due to the nail; it is due to the currant jelly.     

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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.     

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

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No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned.     

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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.     

Theodore Roosevelt

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

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... the Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and the failure to act against Turkey is to condone it ... the failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense.      

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There are those who believe that a new modernity demands a new morality. What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no such thing as a new morality. There is only one morality . All else is immorality.     

Theodore Roosevelt