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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5 brilliant quotes and what they all mean

Looking for some brilliant quotes, dead reader? Well, I’ve found five today, which I think are interesting. They all have an underlying message well worth bearing in mind, too.

So here are those quotes, and I’ve included my notes as to what I think they mean. I hope you find them interesting.

Brilliant Quotes:

Quote 1:

It’s better to have a go and get it wrong than not have a go at all.

By making mistakes we learn valuable lessons. We hone our skills and get better at what we do.

Making mistakes is an important part of life. From those mistakes, we can profit. Whereas doing nothing gets us nowhere. From mistakes, we gain experience and experience is a valuable commodity.

Quote 2:

MEANING:

You are the captain of your ship. You can steer it to where you want to go or not. It’s up to you.

It takes hard work, determination and a positive mental attitude.

It requires a willingness to rise to challenges and have a go.

You will have to overcome setbacks occasionally and you must never, ever give up.

You’ll be defined not by what happens to you but by how you respond to what happens to you.

If you don’t succeed in life, it’s not the fault of your parents, it’s not the fault of the Government and it’s not the fault of your employer.

You are responsible for your own life.

You may have had a tough start in life. Life may have dealt you a poor set of cards. You may not have too many formal qualifications. So what?

Plenty of people overcome a difficult early life to become very successful.

So don’t make excuses. If you want success, just go for it.

The choice is yours. Decide where you want to be and then decide how you’re going to get there. Get started now and accept you’ll make a few mistakes along the way.

By doing things, you’ll learn and gradually you’ll adjust the course of the good ship ‘You’ and set sail for the destination of your dreams.

It can be done and people do. Why not you? And why not start right now?

Quote 3:

MEANING:

As human beings, we can find change an uncomfortable experience.

One of the most basic human needs is the need to feel secure.

Change makes us feel insecure and that’s why we can often struggle to accept it. Yet change is inevitable.

Without change, we’d all still be living in caves, surely? We could not have progressed without change.

Change creates opportunity and that’s why we must embrace change.

It may be uncomfortable but embracing change can also be thrilling.

If you want your life to improve then it starts with embracing change.

Change will help you create the future you want and deserve.

So take that tiger for a ride and embrace change. If nothing else you’ll lead a life worth living.

MEANING:

You don’t have to accept your life as it is.

Ask yourself, “Am I willing to accept life as it is or am I prepared to improve my life?”

What is it you want?

Decide what you want and then identify the changes you need to make.

Nothing will happen until you decide to change.

However, once you decide you want to change then great things can happen to you. Nevertheless, you must remember; that success will not happen overnight.

Think incremental change rather than revolutionary change. You will not get to where you want to be in one leap.

If you’re trying to eat an elephant then that can only be done one bite at a time. You cannot swallow it whole, can you?

One bite at a time and it can be done, if you apply yourself to the task and keep going for as long as it takes.

Never be discouraged and never let other people dissuade you from pursuing your dreams. It doesn’t matter whether they believe you can do it. The only thing that matters is that you believe you can do it.

Believe in yourself and you can become the person you have the potential to be. Why would you not want to achieve your full potential?

Quote 5:

MEANING:

Brilliant Quotes

At school, they ask you what you want to be. Most people have no idea, but they pick something anyway in the hope that it might prove to be interesting and fun to do.

That’s where life’s experiment starts.

You try something and see whether it’s the right thing for you.

Then, even if you think it is initially, over time you might feel the need to move on.

The more you experiment, the more chance you have of finding that sweet spot where you are doing something which you not only enjoy but at which you excel too. That ‘something‘ for which you have a talent.

It’s the Holy Grail in terms of finding your life’s purpose.

If you can find it then all the experimentation is well worthwhile.

If you haven’t found it yet then, whatever your age, don’t stop looking and experimenting. It’s never too late to find your true vocation.

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