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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30 Quotes by Malala Yousafzai

Today I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education and women’s rights activist.

She was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan.

Malala rose to fame for her advocacy work against the Taliban’s restrictions on female education in Pakistan.

In 2012, at the age of 15, she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, in which she was shot in the head while on her way home from school.

Since then, she has continued with activism and become a global symbol of resilience and courage.

In 2014, Malala became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Malala is an inspirational thinker and advocate for women and their education.

Quotes by Malala Yousafzai (1-10):

I say I am stronger than fear.

Education is neither eastern nor western.

I don’t have a phone, but I do have an iPad.

We must tell girls their voices are important.

Terrorism will spill over if you don’t speak up.

Honour your daughters. They are honourable.

I think I have a right to live my life the way I like.

All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.

What I get a bit angry about is the image of women.

I don’t cover my face because I want to show my identity.

Quotes by Malala Yousafzai (11-20):

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.

It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.

We should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other.

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

There are so many figures in our history that did not believe they could make a change, and they did.

I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.

There are many problems, but I think there is a solution to all these problems; it’s just one, and it’s education.

What is interesting is the power and the impact of social media. So, we must try to use social media in a good way.

My story is the story of thousands of children from around the world. I hope it inspires others to stand up for their rights.

Quotes by Malala Yousafzai (21-30):

I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there was a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him.

We women are going to bring change. We are speaking up for girls’ rights, but we must not behave like men, like they have done in the past.

Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don’t I take a step and move forward.

I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.

In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education. It’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.

In many parts of the world, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorism, war and conflict stop children to go to their schools. We are really tired of these wars. Women and children are suffering.

The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.

I speak not for myself but for those without voice; those who have fought for their rights; their right to live in peace; their right to be treated with dignity; their right to equality of opportunity; their right to be educated.

If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.

The important thing to note is that it is not important whether Malala was shot or not – Malala is not asking for personal favors or support. She is asking for support with girls’ education and women’s rights. So don’t support Malala, support her campaign for girls’ education and women’s rights.

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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 Arabic proverbs to inspire you today

Arabic ProverbsDiscover the timeless wisdom of the Arab world with this carefully curated collection of Arabic proverbs.

Hand-picked from a rich cultural heritage spanning centuries, these proverbs offer a unique window into the values and beliefs of the Arab people.

From reflections on life and love to insightful sayings about human nature and the world around us, this list is packed with thought-provoking and inspiring proverbs that are sure to enlighten you.

So, take a journey through time and explore the beauty and depth of these Arabic proverbs and see if you can add one or two of them to your conversations today.

And please feel free to pass them on.

Arabic Proverbs (1-25):

  1. Every sun must set.
  2. Haste makes waste.
  3. Time is made of gold.
  4. Be contrary, be known.
  5. Planning is half of living.
  6. A tree begins with a seed.
  7. There’s always tomorrow.
  8. A tree is known by its fruit.
  9. A hungry belly has no ears.
  10. If the winds blow, use them.
  11. Silence is a sign of approval.
  12. Distance equals disaffection.
  13. Blood does not become water.
  14. Think it through and trust God.
  15. Time is a cure for every illness.
  16. A hint is enough for a wise man.
  17. Whatever is forbidden is desired.
  18. Laughing without a reason is rude.
  19. An envious person is the unhappiest.
  20. He who has no shame has no honour.
  21. Avoid that which requires an apology.
  22. Winds do not blow as the vessels wish.
  23. The wisest is the one who can forgive.
  24. Determination is the key to everything.
  25. The first one to apologize is the bravest.

Arabic Proverbs (26-50):

  1. Wishing does not make a poor man rich.
  2. The smarter you are, the less you speak.
  3. A great man is one who serves humanity.
  4. The cure for ignorance is asking questions.
  5. Get on with your neighbours or move away.
  6. It’s better to be alone than in bad company.
  7. With care do you realize your opportunities.
  8. He who plays with the cat will find his claws.
  9. Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
  10. Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.
  11. Anger begins with madness but ends in regret.
  12. He who desires success must sit up many nights
  13. The stingy have large porches and little morality.
  14. A true friend is one who shows up in times of need.
  15. May God bless the visitors who don’t stay too long.
  16. A servant who has two masters lies to one of them.
  17. It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
  18. Choose your neighbours before you choose your home.
  19. A single good deed is better than a thousand intentions.
  20. The best people are those who are most useful to others.
  21. The ink of the scholar is holier than the blood of the martyr.
  22. Everyone is critical of the flaws of others, but blind to their own.
  23. It’s better to fix what you have than wait to get what you don’t have.
  24. A man of two minds is a liar, and a man of three minds is a hypocrite.
  25. You can build all the houses you want but, eventually, you’ll leave them all and go to your grave alone.

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30 Best Quotes from Lucius B. Wack

Best QuotesIn a previous post, I introduced readers to an old friend of mine, Lucius B. Wack. Today I offer you 30 of his best quotes about life and the human condition.

Affectionately known as Lucky, he’s someone who has greatly influenced my thinking of late.

So, I’ve put together these quotes as I think they might appeal to readers. I hope so anyway.

Grab a coffee and take a few moments to read some more of Lucky’s observations.

Please feel free to use any of these quotes. Lucky would be flattered to know he’s being quoted.

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Best Quotes (1-10):

  1. To believe is to accept as fact that which cannot be proven.
  2. If you want your life to change, don’t make a wish list make a to-do list.
  3. Never be willing to die for your beliefs because you might just be wrong.
  4. If you have a few loved ones and a special friend or two, you have all you need. 
  5. Question the orthodoxy and you’ll be dismissed as a bigot. That’s how the debate is shut down.
  6. Anything can be yours but nothing’s free. There’s always a price to pay and it must be paid first.
  7. You make choices and you must accept the consequences. And there will always be consequences.
  8. The only thing that virtue signallers achieve is a demonstration of their shallowness, vanity, and hypocrisy.
  9. If you’re not hurting anyone else, you don’t need anyone’s permission to live your life in a way that suits you. 
  10. Don’t just let life happen to you. Decide what it is you want and then go out there and make sure you get it. 

Best Quotes (11-20):

  1. When people try to curtail our way of life, don’t be afraid to push back. Who gave them permission to dictate how others should live?
  2. Everyone has feelings and most people are decent and doing their best. Remember that next time you’re inclined to be mean or spiteful. 
  3. Arguing on social media with people you don’t know about things that don’t really matter is my idea of a waste of time. Life’s too short. 
  4. Nothing matters more than loved ones and friends. Jobs and careers won’t look after you if you’re ill or infirm. So, get your priorities right. 
  5. Never be afraid to push back. You don’t have to accept the unacceptable. If you don’t push back those with a more sinister agenda will win.
  6. People are free to live their lives in any way they choose providing, in doing so, their actions don’t conflict with the established rights of others.
  7. Beware the caustic influence of cynics. They add no value, and they have no ideas for making life better. They just want to rain on everyone’s parade. 
  8. You can be more than you are, and you can do more than you think. Add value by being the solution to peoples’ problems and you can earn more than you thought possible. 
  9. Those in power, and indeed those seeking power, don’t want you thinking for yourself. And if that’s not a compelling reason to think for yourself, I don’t know what is. 
  10. We live in an age of shallow gestures. An age where people are constantly trying to make themselves look good through gestures, they think are virtuous, when in fact they are just self-promotion.

Best Quotes (21-30):

  1. Being economically dependent on someone else means your life will be controlled by someone else. 
  2. Death awaits us all. There’s no escaping it. However, before death there’s life and life must be lived to the full. 
  3. Boldly go in the direction of your dreams. You may succeed, or you may not, but either way, you won’t spend your life wondering what might have been.
  4. Do what you’re good at and you’ll do it well; do it well and people will notice. And once you get noticed, you have every chance of earning a decent income. 
  5. Know your value. Employers will pay you as little as they can get away with. It’s down to you to ensure you’re being rewarded properly for the value you’re adding.
  6. We live in an age where a caustic remark is considered an appropriate response to an innocent comment made on social media. Whatever happened to civility? 
  7. In a democracy, everyone gets a vote, the votes are counted, and there’s a winner. And once there’s a winning outcome we’re stuck with it, whether we like it or not. 
  8. Criticise not those who make mistakes, for mistakes are an inevitable part of the human condition. Show me someone who never makes mistakes and I’ll show you someone who’s never done anything. 
  9. You’ll be easily conned if you let others do your thinking for you. Think for yourself and question everything. Never accept anything at face value. The new puritans don’t have your interests at heart. 
  10. Zealots see themselves as virtuous. They believe they’re doing good work, regardless of whether they belong to an organised religion or they just have a religious commitment to a cause. They see themselves as somehow superior to everyone else. 

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27 Quotes by Jane Austen that are thought-provoking

Quotes by Jane AustenToday I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by Jane Austen.

As I’m sure many readers will know, Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique, and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century.

Austen’s work explored the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

And Austen’s use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary, have earned her acclaim among critics and scholars.

For her time, she was a successful very woman and it’s always worth listening to successful people.

So, dear reader, be inspired by these excellent quotes by Jane Austen and see how many of them still resonate with us all today.

Quotes by Jane Austen (1-9):

  1. An artist cannot do anything slovenly.
  2. Respect for right conduct is felt by everybody.
  3. It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
  4. Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
  5. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
  6. There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
  7. Nothing ever fatigues me but doing what I do not like.
  8. We do not look in our great cities for our best morality.
  9. If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

Quotes by Jane Austen (10-18):

  1. A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
  2. Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.
  3. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
  4. Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
  5. One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.
  6. In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
  7. Selfishness must always be forgiven you know because there is no hope of a cure.
  8. There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.
  9. It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.

Quotes by Jane Austen (19-27):

  1. The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
  2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
  3. Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony.
  4. Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual in that family may be.
  5. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
  6. There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
  7. What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!
  8. Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.
  9. I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly: I do not like to have people throw themselves away, but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.

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