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.
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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Sometimes in life, both at school and afterwards, fortune will go against anyone, but if he just keeps pegging away and don’t lose his courage things always take a turn for the better in the end.
Let us keep untarnished, unstained, the honor of the flag.
In life as in a football game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard; don’t foul and don’t shirk, but hit the line hard.
For joy or for sorrow my life has now been lived out.
Remember always that the man who does a thing so that it is worth doing is always a man who does his work for the work’s sake…A scientific man, a writer, a historian, an artist, can only be a good man of science, a first-class artist, a first-class writer, if he does his work for the sake of doing it well…
We need to keep our faces steadily toward the sun. You can change the simile, to keep our eyes to the stars, but remember that our feet have got to be on the ground.
Bodily vigor is good, and vigor of intellect is even better, but far above both is character.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
A great democracy has got to be progressive, or it will soon cease to be either great or a democracy ...
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in if it is not a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.