The wisdom of Theodore Roosevelt: Quote Marathon #1

A regular feature is to find interesting people who have said interesting things and throw up a list of their quotes…the Quote Marathon!!

The first interesting person who said interesting things is Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt (below).


He was told as a child that due to his poor physical health, he would have to live a quiet, sedentary lifestyle and should not exert himself. He went on to workout religiously, become a successful politician, the 26th president of the United States and a prolific writer. He also hunted, hiked, rode horses, led a cavalry unit in the Spanish-American war in Cuba, wrestled in the oval office and explored the Amazon jungle and Africa. Oh and when he was making a speech while running for president, he was shot in the chest…He finished his speech before going to the hospital. That’s just the briefest of summaries of an amazing man. He also said a lot of inspiring things…


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

“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.”

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

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

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

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

If you’d like to read more about TR I highly recommend Edmund Morris’s 3 book trilogy. It’s a lot of reading but the man lived such an interesting and entertaining life, you’d think it was fiction.

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