Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858. He served as the 26th president of the United States. Prior to his political career, he first became known for writing the book The Naval War of 1812, which was published in 1882. It’s considered to have influenced the creation of the modern American Navy.
During the Spanish-American war, Roosevelt led the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry. Returning as a war hero, he was subsequently elected governor of New York in 1898. Later in 1901, he became the 25th vice president of the country with William McKinley as president. When the latter was assassinated, he assumed the highest position of the land at age 42. Roosevelt is still youngest person to become President of the United States.
For all his accomplishments, historians and political scientists rank him as one of the five best presidents. He served from 1901 to 1909, during which many of his progressive policies were passed in Congress. Roosevelt is also a Nobel Peace Prize winner, recognizing his efforts to orchestrate the end of the Russo-Japanese war.
Roosevelt is described by historians to having a warrior persona. Despite his sickly beginnings as a child, he outgrew his illness naturally by adopting a strenuous lifestyle. This discipline, diligence, and persistence later became the foundation of his character, ultimately leading him to build a successful political career.
These 30 Theodore Roosevelt quotes may inspire you to build a life you can be proud of to the best of your ability.
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
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. – Theodore Roosevelt
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
I am a part of everything that I have read. – Theodore Roosevelt
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt
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
I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit. – Theodore Roosevelt
When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on. – Theodore Roosevelt
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. – Theodore Roosevelt
A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. – Theodore Roosevelt
The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything. – Theodore Roosevelt
A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. – Theodore Roosevelt
The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run. – Theodore Roosevelt
To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. – Theodore Roosevelt
The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it. – Theodore Roosevelt
Comparison is the thief of joy. – Theodore Roosevelt
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. – Theodore Roosevelt
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. – Theodore Roosevelt
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. – Theodore Roosevelt
No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned. – Theodore Roosevelt
Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive. – Theodore Roosevelt
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. – Theodore Roosevelt
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official. – Theodore Roosevelt
Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly. – Theodore Roosevelt
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering. – Theodore Roosevelt
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
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. – Theodore Roosevelt
There is quite enough sorrow and shame and suffering and baseness in real life, and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction. – Theodore Roosevelt
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