- ‘The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt‘ by Edmund Morris
- ‘An Autobiography‘ by Theodore Roosevelt
- ‘Theodore Roosevelt‘ by Lewis L. Gould
- ‘Theodore Rex‘ by Edmund Morris
- ‘The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey‘ by Candice Millard
Inspirational Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt (American Head of State)
After the war, and until the day of his death, his position on almost every public question was either mischievous or ridiculous, and usually both.
A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy.
The government is us; we are the government, you and I.
The true Christian is the true citizen, lofty of purpose, resolute in endeavor, ready for a hero’s deeds, but never looking down on his task because it is cast in the day of small things; scornful of baseness, awake to his own duties as well as to his rights, following the higher law with reverence, and in this world doing all that in his power lies, so that when death comes he may feel that mankind is in some degree better because he lived.
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 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, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end 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.
Topics: Criticism, Courage, Defeat, Mistakes, Achieve, Risk, Success, Truth, Failures, Doing Your Best, Accomplishment, Challenges
Unless a man is master of his soul, all other kinds of mastery amount to little.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
I desire to see in this country the decent men strong and the strong men decent, and until we get that combination in pretty good shape, we are not going to be by any means as successful as we should be.
Unless a man believes in applied morality he is certain to be merely a noxious public servant.
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 % Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.
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.
A man must first care for his own household before he can be of use to the state. But no matter how well he cares for his household, he is not a good citizen unless he also takes thought of the state. In the same way, a great nation must think of its own internal affairs; and yet it cannot substantiate its claim to be a great nation unless it also thinks of its position in the world at large.
My position as regards the monied interests can be put in a few words. In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run, identical; but when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper hand; for property belongs to man and not man to property.
Men who fear the strenuous life believe in that cloistered life which saps the hardy virtues in a nation as it saps them in the individual, or else they are wedded to the base spirit of gain and greed which recognize in commercialism the be-all and end-all of national life, instead of realizing that, though an indispensable element, it is, after all, but one of many elements that go to make up true national greatness
Instruction in things moral is most necessary to the making of the highest type of citizenship.
There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders for the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this.
There is a point, of course, where a man must take the isolated peak and break with all his associates for clear principle; but until that time comes he must work, if he would be of use, with men as they are. As long as the good in them overbalances the evil, let him work with them for the best that can be obtained.
Topics: Failure, Principles
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.
The one characteristic more essential than any other is foresight… It should be the growing nation with a future which takes the long look ahead.
Everything is un-American that tends either to government by a plutocracy or government by a mob. To divide along the lines of section or caste or creed is un-American. All privileges based on wealth, and all enmity to honest men merely because they are wealthy, are un-American-both of them equally so. 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.
Topics: Sleep, Relaxation, America
Yes, Haven, most of us enjoy preaching, and Ive got such a bully pulpit!
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