Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
– Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you're halfway there.
– Theodore Roosevelt
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
– Theodore Roosevelt
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
– Theodore Roosevelt
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
– Theodore Roosevelt
A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
– Theodore Roosevelt
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.
– Theodore Roosevelt
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.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
– Theodore Roosevelt
For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.
– Theodore Roosevelt
I am a part of everything that I have read.
– Theodore Roosevelt