Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

Theodore Roosevelt wrote more books than any other President.   Through those volumes and his many, many recorded addresses, he has provided us with insightful quotes (and quips) that are as relevant today as they were 100 years ago.   Here are just a few.


“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not guilty.’”

“A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

“The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.”

“The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.”

“The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”

“Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.”

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.”

“Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.”

“The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.”


“The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.”

“We can have no ’50-50′ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.”

“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.”


“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.”


“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

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

“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”

“Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.”

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

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

“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.”


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

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

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

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

“Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.”

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on”

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”


“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

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

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