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Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.


         

Believe you can and you're halfway there.

Believe you can and you're halfway there.


         


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

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


         

As regards the extraordinary prizes, the element of luck is the determining factor.

As regards the extraordinary prizes, the element of luck is the determining factor.


         


I read them (articles TR wrote on his honeymoon) all over to Edith and her corrections and help were most valuable to me.

I read them (articles TR wrote on his honeymoon) all over to Edith and her corrections and help were most valuable to me.


         

I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of the strenuous life.

I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of the strenuous life.


         

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.


         

Every book of tactics in the regiment was in use from morning until night, and the officers and non-commissioned officers were always studying the problems presented at the schools.

Every book of tactics in the regiment was in use from morning until night, and the officers and non-commissioned officers were always studying the problems presented at the schools.


         

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground

Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground


         

Most of the men had simple souls. They could relate facts, but they said very little about what they dimly felt.

Most of the men had simple souls. They could relate facts, but they said very little about what they dimly felt.


         

We did everything possible to keep up the spirits of the men, but it was exceedingly difficult because there was nothing for them to do.

We did everything possible to keep up the spirits of the men, but it was exceedingly difficult because there was nothing for them to do.


         


Wall Street billionaires are predicting that Roosevelt-style railroad rate regulation will sooner or later bring about financial catastrophe. [ca. 1906]

Wall Street billionaires are predicting that Roosevelt-style railroad rate regulation will sooner or later bring about financial catastrophe. [ca. 1906]


         

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care


         

the average cannot be kept high unless the standard of the leaders is very muchhigher.

the average cannot be kept high unless the standard of the leaders is very muchhigher.


         

Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.

Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.


         

The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.

The joy in life is his who has the heart to demand it.


         

Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.

Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.


         

It behooves 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.

It behooves 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.


         

To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.


         

Of Teddy Roosevelt and his siblings, the author writes they were, "armed with an innate curiosity and discipline fostered by his remarkable father.

Of Teddy Roosevelt and his siblings, the author writes they were, "armed with an innate curiosity and discipline fostered by his remarkable father.