Quotes by Teddy Roosevelt [40 Quotes About Leadership & Success]

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Quotes by Teddy Roosevelt _A New York governor who became the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is remembered for his foreign policy, corporate reforms and ecological conservation.

Theodore Roosevelt was governor of New York before becoming vice president of the United States. At the age of 42, Roosevelt became the youngest person to assume the position of US president after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901. He won his second term in 1904. Known for his antitrust and preserving ecology, Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution in ending the Russo-Japanese War.

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Here is our collection of the most inspirational quotes by Teddy Roosevelt, collected from various sources over the years. Enjoy!

  1. “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  2. “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
  3. “When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” 
  4. “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
  5. “Far better is it 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 a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
  6. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
  7. “With self-discipline, almost anything is possible.” __ Quotes by Teddy Roosevelt
  8. “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
  9. “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”
  10. “Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.”
  11. “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”
  12. “Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” 
  13. “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!”
  14. “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.”
  15. “If I must choose between peace and righteousness, I choose righteousness.”
  16. “Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness, but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another’s keeping.”
  17. “All the resources we need are in the mind.” __ Quotes by Teddy Roosevelt
  18. “Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.”
  19. “There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.”
  20. “In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: hit the line hard.” 
  21. “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”
  22. “To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” __ Quotes by Teddy Roosevelt
  23. “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”
  24. “A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”
  25. “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.”
  26. “The men and women who have the right ideals… are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.”
  27. “We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.” __ Quotes by Teddy Roosevelt
  28. “At sometime in our lives a devil dwells within us, causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.”
  29. “We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.”
  30. “Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.”
  31. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
  32. “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”
  33. “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” 
  34. “A stream cannot rise larger than its source.” __ Quotes by Teddy Roosevelt
  35. “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”
  36. “I am a part of everything that I have read.”
  37. “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
  38. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
  39. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
  40. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
  41. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

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