50 Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt to inspire you

Today I offer you some interesting quotes by Theodore Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States, serving from 1897 to 1909.

He was born in Ohio in 1852 and moved to Illinois as a young man.

A key figure in the Progressive Era, he is known for his ambitious reforms aimed at reducing government corruption and promoting civil service efficiency.

Among his major accomplishments were the creation of the Civil Service Commission and the establishment of the Panama Canal.

He also played a major role in America’s entry into World War I.

Theodore Roosevelt died in 1921 at the age of 69.

By any measure, he was a successful man and successful people are always worth listening to.

So, without further ado, here are today’s quotes:

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt (1-10):

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

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

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

Don’t hit at all if it is honourably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.

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

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

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

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.

It behoves 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.

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams, the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt (11-20):

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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

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

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

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.

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

We can have no ’50-50′ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.

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.

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.

The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens, they need a kick in the seat of the pants.

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt (21-30):

Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.

With self-discipline most anything is possible.

Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favour.

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

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

Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.

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

No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt (31-40):

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.

The government is us; we are the government, you and I.

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

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.

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

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.

The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.

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.

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt (41-50):

I am a part of everything that I have read.

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

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

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

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

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!

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.

It is only through labour and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.

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.

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 grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

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9 of the best quotes to inspire you today

Best Quotes to Inspire You

Here are 9 of the best quotes to inspire you.

These are quotes from thought leaders intended to make you think.

They are words of wisdom full of inspiration.

Inspiration is energy, and if you can capture that energy, you can go on to become all you could be. And that should be our life’s purpose, surely? To be all we could be.

If you aspire to be more than you are now, then let these words of wisdom be the wind beneath your wings.

Best quotes to inspire you:

  1. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. ~EE Cummings
  2. A Number 2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere. ~Joyce Meyer
  3. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. ~Jim Rohn
  4. In a gentle way, you can shake the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  5. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were once only walls. ~Joseph Campbell
  6. It is always the simple that produces the marvellous. ~Amelia Barr
  7. The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ~Bertrand Russell
  8. Let us make our future now and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality. ~Malala Yousafzai
  9. All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. ~Earl Nightingale

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50 quotes on self-improvement to inspire you to achieve

Looking for some quotes on self-improvement that will inspire you to be more than you are, dear reader? Then you’re in the right place because I have some brilliant quotes to offer you today.

These are some of my favourite quotes of all time, and I always feel inspired when I read them.

So, take a few minutes, relax, and see which ones inspire you the most. Any that you really like, please feel free to add them to your journal.

If you don’t keep a journal, you should. I keep one, and in it, I make a note of anything and everything that inspires me. That’s where I’ve created the resource for all of these quotes on offer now.

Anyway, enjoy them all, and then please pass them on to your friends.

Quotes on self-improvement (1-10):

  1. If you can dream it, you can do it. ~Walt Disney
  2. The only journey is the one within. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. All things are difficult before they are easy. ~Thomas Fuller
  4. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain
  5. It always seems impossible until it’s done. ~Nelson Mandela
  6. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. ~Babe Ruth
  7. Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. ~Bo Jackson
  8. It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~George Eliot
  9. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. ~Carol Burnett
  10. You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. ~Joyce Meyer

Quotes on self-improvement (11-20):

  1. My purpose is to lift your spirit and to motivate you. ~Mavis Staples
  2. Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. ~Gordon B. Hinckley
  3. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. ~Robert H. Schuller
  4. The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. ~Harry Golden
  5. Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. ~W. Clement Stone
  6. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~Arthur Ashe
  7. In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. ~Nikos Kazantzakis
  8. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ~Confucius
  9. When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go. ~Carol Burnett
  10. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. ~Charles R. Swindoll

Quotes on self-improvement (21-30):

  1. The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  2. Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. ~Walter Elliot
  3. Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. ~Samuel Beckett
  4. Opportunity does not knock it presents itself when you beat down the door. ~Kyle Chandler
  5. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. ~Joyce Brothers
  6. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. ~William James
  7. Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. ~Simone de Beauvoir
  8. The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. ~Bobby Knight
  9. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. ~Vince Lombardi
  10. Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. ~Martin Luther

Quotes on self-improvement (31-41):

  1. quotes-on-self-improvementDon’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. ~Ann Landers
  3. Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. ~Booker T. Washington
  4. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  5. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  6. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean
  7. There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. ~Aldous Huxley
  8. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda
  9. Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. ~Nido Qubein
  10. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. ~John Wooden
  11. You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plough right ahead. ~George Lucas

Quotes on self-improvement (42-50):

  1. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit’. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ~Muhammad Ali
  2. Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. ~H. L. Hunt
  3. If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. ~John D. Rockefeller
  4. Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. ~Ella Fitzgerald
  5. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~Jim Rohn
  6. If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride, and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards. ~Bear Bryant
  7. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style. ~Maya Angelou
  8. I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything, at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities, not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything. ~Dan Millman
  9. Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment. It will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. ~Don Miguel Ruiz

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30 contenders for the best quotes ever

BEST QUOTES EVERLooking for the best quotes ever dear reader? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Today I have for you some of my favourite quotes and the ones I love best. I’ve also slipped in one of my own.

So here, in my opinion, are 30 contenders for quotes that really are the best ever.

If you need a good quote for a presentation or just for a Tweet then these are for you. I am confident that will enjoy them all.

Best quotes ever (1-15):

  1. Be contrary; be known. ~Arab Proverb
  2. Try and fail, but never fail to try. ~Jared Leto
  3. If you can dream it, you can do it. ~Walt Disney
  4. When nothing’s going right, go left. ~Anonymous
  5. Walk on stage as if you belong there. ~Anonymous
  6. Focus on strength; manage weakness. ~Anonymous
  7. Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln
  8. Know what it is you want to do and why. ~Anonymous
  9. Every man dies. Not every man lives. ~ William Wallace
  10. Success is not achieved by contented people. ~Anonymous
  11. The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napoleon Hill
  12. Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value. ~Albert Einstein
  13. Doing nothing is hard; you never know when you’re done. ~Anonymous
  14. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~Og Mandino
  15. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~CS Lewis

Best quotes ever (16-30):

  1. A dream is what makes people love life even when it is painful. ~Theodore Zeldin
  2. The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. ~John C. Maxwell
  3. Don’t worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet. ~Anonymous
  4. Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  5. There’s only one success, to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~Christopher Morley
  6. I believe the way we dress on a daily basis is the message we put out to the world. ~Brad Goreski
  7. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. ~George Edward Woodberry
  8. When a door closes another door should open, but if it doesn’t then go in through the window. ~Anonymous
  9. The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. ~William Morris
  10. The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, and whose presence calls forth your best. ~Epictetus
  11. You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. ~Walter Hagen
  12. To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. ~Steve Prefontaine
  13. Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated. ~Lou Holtz
  14. That’s your best friend and your worst enemy – your own brain. ~Fred Durst
  15. Not everyone finds school to be beneficial. Not everyone thrives in that environment. It doesn’t mean you’re stupid. Nor does it mean that you cannot be successful. Plenty of school dropouts went on to achieve fame and great fortune. ~Roy Sutton

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