20 Inspirational Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

TR_facebookI recently got reacquainted with our 26th President Theodore Roosevelt when I watched Ken Burns latest PBS documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History“.

I learned a lot about this amazing & sometimes eccentric leader; he definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite presidential leaders when it comes to self-reliance & motivation.

Roosevelt believed it was his destiny to lead the people of the United States into the Twentieth Century, to expand the powers of the Constitution and especially the Presidency, to make government the guarantor of a “square deal” for all Americans, particularly recent immigrants, the poor, and the inhabitants of great cities.

He also believed that the United States must take its place among the great powers of the world, that with the help of a greatly expanded navy it must fill the vacuum being left by the decline of the British Empire. He was an ardent nationalist.

There is no doubt that he passionately set his own course and became perhaps the most active and outspoken President in American history.

Enjoy this collection of 20 Inspirational Theodore Roosevelt quotes:

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

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

“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

“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.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

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

“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.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“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.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

“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.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

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

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

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

“It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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