I have had a great time as president.
Hardness of heart is a dreadful quality, but it is doubtful whether in the long run it works more damage than softness of head.
If, in any individual, university training produces a taste for refined idleness, a distaste for sustained effort, a barren intellectual arrogance, or a sense of superfluous aloofness from the world of real men who do the world's real work, then it has harmed that individual.
We shall make mistakes; and if we let these mistakes frighten us from our work we shall show ourselves weaklings.
The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
Great corporations exist only because they are created and safeguarded by our institutions; and it is therefore our right and duty to see that they work in harmony with these institutions.
The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.
And to lose the chance to see frigatebirds soaring in circles above the storm, or a file of pelicans winging their way homeward across the crimson afterglow of the sunset, or a myriad terns flashing in the bright light of midday as they hover in a shifting maze above the beach -- why, the loss is li
The chief factor in any man's success or failure must be his own character.
The foes from whom we pray to be delivered are our own passions, appetites, and follies; and against these there is always need that we should war.
It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men's lives be based on the principles of the Bible. No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.
We cannot do great deeds unless we're willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness.
Fertile plains, every foot of them tilled, are of the first necessity; but great natural playgrounds of mountain, forest, cliff-walled lake, and brawling brook are also necessary to the full and many-sided development of a fine race.
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
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.
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.
The lunatic fringe in all reform movements.
We do not admire the man of timid peace. We admire the man who embodies victorious effort; the man who never wrongs his neighbor, who is prompt to help a friend, but who has those virile qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life.
You can't choose your potential, but you can choose to fulfill it.
There is superstition in science quite as much as there is superstition in theology, and it is all the more dangerous because those suffering from it are profoundly convinced that they are freeing themselves from all superstition.
Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe. Theodore Roosevel
The fortunes amassed through corporate organization are now so large, and vest such power in those that wield them, as to make it a matter of necessity to give to the sovereign - that is, to the Government, which represents the people as a whole - some effective power of supervision over their corpo
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster. Theodore Roosevel
I do not intend that our natural resources shall be exploited by the few against the interests of the many.
Give a man a soccer ball, he plays for a moment. Teach a man to play soccer, he plays for a life time.
Believe you can and you're halfway there. Theodore Roosev
Any political movement directed against any body of our fellow-citizens because of their religious creed is a grave offense against American principles and American institutions. It is a wicked thing either to support or oppose a man because of the creed he possesses. . . . Such a movement directly
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it. Theodore Roosevel
Free speech exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free.