Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Theodore “Teddy”

American Politician, Naturalist, Explorer, Hunter, Author, and Soldier, 26th President of the United States

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For us in the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.

A just war is in the long run far better for a nation’s soul than the most prosperous peace obtained by acquiescence toward wrong or injustice. Moreover, though it is criminal for a nation not to prepare for war, so that it may escape the dreadful consequences of being defeated in war, it must always be remembered that even to be defeated in war is far better than never to have fought at all.

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

In the past we have admitted the right of the individual to injure the future of the Republic for his own present profit. In fact there has been a good deal of a demand for unrestricted individualism, for the right of the individual to injure the future of all of us for his own temporary and immediate profit. The time has come for a change. As a people we have the right and the duty, second to moral law, of requiring and doing justice, to protect ourselves and our children against the wasteful development of our natural resources, whether that waste is caused by the actual destruction of such resources or by making them impossible of development hereafter.

It is safe to say that the prosperity of our people depends directly on the energy and intelligence with which our natural resources are used. It is equally clear that these resources are the final basis of national power and perpetuity. Finally, it is ominously evident that these resources are in the course of rapid exhaustion.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.

All the resources we need are in the mind.

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.

There can be no substitute for elemental virtues... only by each of us steadfastly keeping in mind that there can be no substitute for the world-old commonplace qualities of truth, justice and courage, thrift, industry, common sense and genuine sympathy with the fellow feelings of others.

To educate man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

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.

The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant, not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man's making shall be the servant, not the master of the man who made it.

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

The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.

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

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.

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

It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home... But life is a great adventure, and the worst of all fears is the fear of living.

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of the heart, and that is softness of the head.

In a republic, we must learn to combine intensity of conviction with a broad tolerance of difference of conviction.

A man's usefulness depends upon his living up to his ideals insofar as he can. It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune, make for a finer, nobler type of manhood. Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die, and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of the life and the duty of life.

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American Politician, Naturalist, Explorer, Hunter, Author, and Soldier, 26th President of the United States