Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly; who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves, and we can shrink neither.
The labor unions shall have a square deal, and the corporations shall have a square deal, and in addition, all private citizens shall have a square deal.
Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.
Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
It's not having been in the Dark House, but having left it that counts.
We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.
It is of far more important that a man shall play something himself, even if he plays it badly, than that he shall go with hundreds of companions to see someone else play well.
Americanism is a question of principle, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace, or creed, or line of descent.
In a crisis, the man worth his salt is the man who meets the needs of the situation in whatever way is necessary.
The object of government is the welfare of the people.
[The media] cannot, month in month out and year in and year out, make the kind of untruthful, of bitter assault that they have made and not expect that brutal, violent natures, or brutal and violent characters, especially when the brutality is accompanied by a not very strong mind; they cannot expec
Materially we must strive to secure a broader economic opportunity for all men, so that each shall have a better chance to show the stuff of which he is made.
Under government ownership corruption can flourish just as rankly as under private ownership.
My power vanishes into thin air the instant that my fellow citizens, who are straight and honest, cease to believe that I represent them and fight for what is straight and honest. That is all the strength that I have.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly
The modern naturalist must realize that in some of its branches his profession, while more than ever a science, has also become an art.
There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing.
Nothing worth having comes easy.
The sons of all of us will pay in the future if we of the present do not do justice in the present.
But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have roo
The weakling and the coward cannot be saved by honesty alone; but without honesty, the brave and able man is merely a civic wild beast who should be hunted down by every lover of righteousness. No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community
With a great moral issue involved, neutrality does not serve righteousness; for to be neutral between right and wrong is to serve wrong.
The man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic -- the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.
The lunatic fringe in all reform movements.
In order to succeed we need leaders of inspired idealism, leaders to whom are granted great visions, who dream greatly and strive to make their dreams come true; who can kindle the people with the fire from their own burning souls. The leader for the time being, whoever he may be, is but an instrume
The woman has the right to be emancipated from the position of a drudge or a toy. She is entitled to a full equality in rights with man...