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Theodore Roosevelt

United States 27 October 1858, Manhattan 6 January 1919


A New York governor who became the 26th U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt is remembered for his foreign policy, corporate reforms and ecological preservation.

Born in New York City on October 27, 1858, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was governor of New York before becoming U.S. vice president. At age 42, Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest man to assume the U.S. presidency after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901. He won a second term in 1904. Known for his anti-monopoly policies and ecological conservationism, Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending the Russo-Japanese War. He died in New York on January 6, 1919.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Theodore Roosevelt

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Theodore Roosevelt

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause/ who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if the fails, at least fails daring greatly.

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Theodore Roosevelt

In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.