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Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

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Speak softly and carry... Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
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The American people abhor... The American people abhor a vacuum.
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The best executive is... The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
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The best executive is... 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.
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The boy who is... 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.
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The credit belongs to... The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasums, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
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The death-knell of the... 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.
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The first requisite of... 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.
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The government is us;... The government is us; we are the government, you and I.
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The great body of... The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!
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The human body has... The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants.
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The joy in life... The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.
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The lack of power... The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature is as real a misfortune as the lack of power to take joy in books
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The man who loves... 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.
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The most important single... The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
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The most practical kind... The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
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The most successful politician... The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.
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The nation behaves well... The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.
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The one thing I... The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.
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The only man who... The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
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The only man who... The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.
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The only time you... The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
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The pacifist is as... The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
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The reactionary is always... The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.
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The reason fat men... The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run.
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The teachings of the... The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teaching were removed.
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The things that will... 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.
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The unforgivable crime is... The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided, but NEVER hit softly.
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The worst of all... The worst of all fears is the fear of living
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There has never yet... There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
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There is not a... 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.
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There is quite enough... There is quite enough sorrow and shame and suffering and baseness in real life, and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction.
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To announce that there... 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.
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To educate a man... To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
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To educate a person... To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
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To waste, to destroy... 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.
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Wars are, of course,... Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.
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We can have no... 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.
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We despise and abhor... 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.
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We must dare to... We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.
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We should not forget... We should not forget that it will be just as important to our descendants to be prosperous in their time as it is to us to be prosperous in our time.
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When they call the... When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
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When you are asked... When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.
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When you play, play... When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
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When you're at the... When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.
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Whenever you are asked... 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.
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Wide differences of opinion... Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.
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With self-discipline most anything... With self-discipline most anything is possible.
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Women should have free... Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.
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