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Theodore Roosevelt

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

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  • I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.

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  • If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.

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  • When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer \Present\" or \"Not guilty.\""

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  • The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.

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  • Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

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  • I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.

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  • Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

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

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  • 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!

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

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  • The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.

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

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  • 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.

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  • Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.

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  • To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public.

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  • If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.

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  • Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.

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  • Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.

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  • The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

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  • With self-discipline most anything is possible.

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

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  • Believe you can and you're halfway there.

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  • 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.

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  • The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.

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  • 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.

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

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  • I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.

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  • 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.

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

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