Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

If I were asked to name the three influences which I thought were most dangerous to the perpetuity of American institutions, I should name corruption in business and politics alike; lawless violence; and mendacity, especially used in connection with slander. We Americans are children of the crucible. Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, […]

Our place as a nation is and must be with the nations that have left indelibly their impress on the centuries… Those that did not expand passed away and left not so much as a memory behind them. The Roman expanded, the Roman passed away, but the Roman has left the print of his law, […]

The country’s honor must be upheld at home and abroad.

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.

From the very beginning our people have markedly combined practical capacity for affairs with power of devotion to an ideal. The lack of either capacity would have rendered the other of small value.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 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 […]

We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent, experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk, we must act big.