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50 Best Teddy Roosevelt Quotes That Will Inspire You to Achieve More



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In  1901 at the young age of 42, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt was elected as president of the United States of America. He has since remained the youngest person to have ever been elected to office. It has also been said that he was one of the greatest presidents that America has ever known. And after some reading about his achievements, along with his book titled “The Strenuous Life”, we’d have to agree.

There’s no doubt, that anyone who looks into the the achievements Teddy Roosevelt made in his short time as president, in addition to all he had to overcome in his personal life, would also conclude that the man was certainly worth his salt.

As such, we wanted to honor the great achievements of this human force of nature, and accurately share his powerful wisdom and personal philosophy of effort with you. So, we’ve put together this list of the absolute best 50 Teddy Roosevelt quotes. There’s no doubt that they that have the power to provoke your greatness.

So, give these quotes a read, and allow them to inspire you to start achieving like Teddy!

Behold, the Top 50 Teddy Roosevelt Quotes:

Best Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

1. “In this life, we get nothing save by effort.” – Teddy Roosevelt

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

3. “Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” – Teddy Roosevelt

4. “It is better to try great things, even at the risk of failure, then to know neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt

5. “We of this generation do not have to face a task such as that as our fathers faced, but we have our tasks. And woe to us if we fail to perform them.” – Theodore Roosevelt

6. “No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.” – Theodore Roosevel

7. “If we are to be a really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world.” – Theodore Roosevelt

8. “I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.” – Theodore Roosevelt

9. “Unless a man is master of his soul, all other kinds of mastery amount to little.” – Theodore Roosevelt

10. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Believe You Can Quote By Teddy Roosevelt

11. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

12. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.” – Theodore Roosevelt

13. “The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.” – Teddy Roosevelt

14. “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” – Theodore Roosevelt

15. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Teddy Roosevelt

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

17. “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.” – Theodore Roosevelt

18. “You often hear people speaking as if life was like striving upward toward a mountain peak. That is not so. Life is as if you were traveling a ridge crest. You have the gulf of inefficiency on one side and the gulf of wickedness on the other, and it helps not to have avoided one gulf if you fall into the other.” – Theodore Roosevelt

19. “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

20. “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” – Teddy Roosevelt

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

22. “The only man who doesn’t make mistakes is the man who never does anything.” – Theodore Roosevelt

23. “We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt

24. “I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life.” – Theodore Roosevelt

25. “I am only an average man, but by George, I work harder at it than the average man.” – Theodore Roosevelt

How To Use These Teddy Roosevelt Quotes

Quotes allow us to get a better sense of the who a person is.  They give us insights into people’s way of thinking, insights into their philosophies.  In this case, it’s Teddy Roosevelt.  So, the better we can understand what made Teddy Roosevelt tic, the better we can align our thinking and our actions to model his.  And the more we can model the thinking and the actions of such a high achiever, the more likely we are to find for ourselves…. similar results.

Now, continue filling your mind with more Teddy Roosevelt Greatness! 

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

27. “It is a bad thing for a nation to raise and to admire a false standard of success; and there can be no falser standard than that set by the deification of material well-being in and for itself.” – Theodore Roosevelt

28. “Do what you can with what you have where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

29. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

30. “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt Quote on Tying a Knot

31. “Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt

32. “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” – Theodore Roosevelt

33. “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!” – Theodore Roosevelt

34. “Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.” – Theodore Roosevelt

35. “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.” – Theodore Roosevelt

36. “The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.” – Theodore Roosevelt

37. “Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.” – Theodore Roosevelt

38. “It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.” – Teddy Roosevelt

39. “Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.” – Theodore Roosevelt

40. “I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.” – Teddy Roosevelt

41. “Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

43. “It is no use to preach to children if you do not act decently yourself.” – Theodore Roosevelt

44. “We want men who fix their eyes on the stars, but who will not forget that their feet must walk on the ground.” – Teddy Roosevelt

45. “We are the heirs of the ages.” – Theodore Roosevelt

46. “I have a perfect horror of words that are not backed up by deeds.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

48. “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

49. “In life, as in football, the principle to follow is to hit the line hard.” – Theodore Roosevelt

50. “No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned.” – Teddy Roosevelt

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Final Thoughts on TR

There you have it!  The top 50 Teddy Roosevelt quotes to prime you up for high achievement. We sincerely hope these inspirational quotes galvanize your spirit, and help provoke your own greatness!

If you enjoyed these quotes by Teddy Roosevelt, then you will love these 100 supercharged quotes on effort.

Till next time



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