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Born: 1858-10-27
Died: 1919-01-06

Theodore Roosevelt Biography

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.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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All the resources we need are in the mind.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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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.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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I wish that all Americans would realize that American politics is world politics.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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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
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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.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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No man is above the law and no man below it.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Practical efficiency is common, and lofty idealism not uncommon; it is the combination which is necessary, and the combination is rare
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Put out the light. (last words, 6 January 1919)
- Theodore Roosevelt
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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.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Speak softly and carry a big stick you will go far.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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Spend and be spent. (sign posted at his grave site)
- Theodore Roosevelt
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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.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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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 and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause who at best, knows 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 know neither victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The government is us we are the government, you and I.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The great lawyer who employs his talent and his learning in the highly emunerative task of enabling a very wealthy client to override or circumvent the law is doing all that in him lies to encourage the growth in the country of a spirit of dumb anger against all laws and of disbelief in their efficacy.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The great virtue of my radicalism lies in the fact that I am perfectly ready, if necessary, to be radical on the conservative side.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of continuing to be a nation at all would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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There is a homely old adage which runs Speak softly and carry a big stick you will go far. If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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To educate a man in mind, and not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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When I say I believe in a square deal i do not mean ... to give every man the best hand. If the cards do not come to any man, or if they do come, and he has not got the power to play them, that is his affair. All I mean is that there shall be no crookedness in the dealing.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
- Theodore Roosevelt
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When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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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
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While my interest in natural history has added very little to my sum of achievement, it has added immeasurably to my sum of enjoyment in life.
- Theodore Roosevelt
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