Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

The following is a list of quotations attributed to Theodore Roosevelt. Where a source can be verified, it is noted below along with a brief explanation of the setting or the context for that quote. This list includes a number of quotations for which a source has not been verified in Theodore Roosevelt's writings.

The context for many of the quotes included here reflects research that has been conducted throughout the years by curators of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection at Harvard University, which is presented here through a cooperation between Harvard College Library and the Theodore Roosevelt Center. Quotations will be added to this list as staff at both institutions continue their research.

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We, here in America, hold in our hands the hope of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men. If on this new continent we merely build another country of great but unjustly divided material prosperity, we shall have done nothing; and we shall do as little if we merely set the greed of envy against the greed of arrogance, and thereby destroy the material well-being of all of us. To turn this Government either into government by a plutocracy or government by a mob would be to repeat on a larger scale the lamentable failures of the world that is dead.
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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.
This statement is often attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, but no known source can be found to verify the attribution.
Show me a man who makes no mistakes and I will show you a man who doesn’t do things.
This statement is often attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, but no known source can be found to verify the attribution.
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
This statement is often attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, but no known source can be found to verify the attribution.
The Mediterranean is the ocean of the past, the Atlantic, the ocean of the present, and the Pacific, the ocean of the future.
This statement is often attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, but no known source can be found to verify the attribution.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
This statement is often attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, but no known source can be found to verify the attribution.
To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
This statement is often attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, but no known source can be found to verify the attribution.
I murdered my grandmother this morning.
This quote has been attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, but it is most often ascribed to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who is said to have used this statement to see if anyone was actually listening to his greetings at White House functions. The story states that a foreign diplomat responded with "I'm sure she had it coming." This amusing anecdote about Franklin Delano Roosevelt has not been verified.
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