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  With self-discipline most anything is possible.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.  
 -  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
  

  All the resources we need are in the mind.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  When you play, play hard; when you work, dont play at all.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  I am only an average man, but by George, I work harder at it than the average man.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Knowing what's right doesnt mean much unless you do what's right.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

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

  No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  I urge you to study law. A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car. But a man who graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

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

  Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Into a woman's keeping is committed the destiny of the generations to come.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Great thoughts speak only to the thoughful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The worst of all fears is the fear of living.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Working women have the same need to protection that working men have; the ballot is as necessary for one class as to the other; we do not believe that with the two sexes there is identity of function; but we do believe there should be equality of right.  
 -  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
  

  In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: hit the line hard.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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 too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.  
 -  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
  

  Believe you can and you're halfway there.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

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

  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
  

  The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you dont have the strength.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  90% of the work in this country is done by people who dont feel good.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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
  

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

  Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  I urge you to study law. A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car. But a man who graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

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

  People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Into a woman's keeping is committed the destiny of the generations to come.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  No people ever yet benefited by riches if their prosperity corrupted their virtue.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.  
 -  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
  

  We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  With self-discipline most anything is possible.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: hit the line hard.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  I urge you to study law. A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car. But a man who graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

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

  Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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 too much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life, A Speech before the Hamilton Club, 1899
  

  Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

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

  Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficultyI 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
  

  It is better to be faithful than famous.  
 -  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 boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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
  

  Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihoodthe virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  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