Often referred to as Teddy Roosevelt or by his initials T.R., he was the 26th President of the United States. Besides being a major part of the country’s politics, Roosevelt was also a writer as well as a historian. Some of his great works were “The Rough Riders”, “Citizenship in a Republic”, and many more.
As a President, Roosevelt was greatly known for his policies, tactics, and his leadership qualities.
Here are some of the bets quotes by Theodore Roosevelt, who happened to be the youngest President of the United States:
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
The secret to success is dreaming big but starting from small. One should always aim for the stars, the highest, but always be down to earth in terms of their actions and behaviour, and just be themselves. This is because being humble is as important as dreaming big, and both of these are interdependent, so if you wish to succeed in life in any aspect, you will need to balance both of these.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
Nothing is going to be possible if you yourself don’t think it is. This is why believing in oneself is greatly crucial, for that is the key to actually being able to do it.
The more faith you have in yourself, the higher the chances are of you actually making it. And the more you doubt yourself and don’t believe in yourself, the farther you get away from your goals.
It’s hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Roosevelt, through this inspiring quote, tries to send the message of normalising failures. Yes, failing is hard to process, but that does not change the fact that it is an essential part of learning and growing, regardless of what the task or situation is. Without failing and making mistakes, how will one ever learn?
Failures are the ultimate test for an individual, for it is at that time when one should take their loss in stride and learn from it, instead of losing hope and simply giving up. Besides, failures are not worse than not even putting the effort to succeed. The latter is the worst, because people who fail, at least are on the path of trying, unlike those who are not even there yet.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace in society.
As much value as intelligence and knowledge hold, having principles and moral value towards the society and people, in general, is also extremely crucial. An intelligent person who is not educated in terms of morality, is nothing but a liability, to both the society as well as him/herself. This is because contrary to popular belief, it is an individual’s ideals and principles that identify him and not his intelligent capacity.
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
It is not possible to succeed for an individual without overcoming obstacles and making mistakes, because to reach the destination of your goals, you need to pass many crossroads of failures and mistakes. That is because it is exactly those mistakes that make one learn, and more experienced; without any experience, it is rendered futile.
A person who does or wants to do something with their life would be very well aware of the fact that ups and downs and lessons are just a part of the journey. But a person who claims otherwise certainly is not doing anything at all in the first place.
There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
Anybody who is remembered after they die, must have done something great while they were alive. If someone is forgotten after their death, then they simply did not commence an act great enough to be acknowledged after they were gone. This is because for one to stay in people’s hearts and minds even in their absence, he/she needs to do something like that. after all, recognition and reputation does not just come to a person, they need to earn it themselves to get it.
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
If you are wise at the right time, when it counts the most, only then are you said to have achieved true wisdom, for claiming to have wisdom but not applying it when needed the most, is simply a portrayal of being all talk and no show.
It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.
The implementation of even the best laws takes time to work its magic and improve any country’s economic condition. And as the President of the United States, Roosevelt says so, form first-hand experience, which is why it is more than just a quote; it is an established fact. But no matter how long a good law might take to work its effect, a bad law will take much lesser, but only to deteriorate the country’s situation and ruin it, instead of making it better.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Instead of complaining about how something is not going your way, or how you aren’t getting what you want, do whatever it is that you can with all that you have. Half of the times growth in life does not even require everything that you think it does and want; all you really have to put in are your efforts, time, and determination and give it your best, wherever you are, with whatever you have, and that would be more than enough.
In any moment of decision, the best you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Doing something, even if its result is not what you anticipated it to be, is still way better than doing nothing. In any situation, you can either do the right thing, and even if not the right, at least something, or you could simply do nothing which is the worst of all.
Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.
Yes, an individual is considered to be strong when they have the required mental and physical capacity, but rthe eal strength is not that. True strength and courage come from the situation where you are exhausted of your maximum capacity but still continue rather than giving up. That is when one shows how strong one can really be.
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.
People are always waiting for your downfall and mistakes. So, don’t give them a chance at all to see you down, even if you are! When somebody asks you whether or not you can do something, always say that you can, even if you aren’t sure; all you have to do is change that and simply start working on it! That way, you will be able to pull something off you didn’t even know, and the other person wouldn’t even have any idea, because of which they would be unable to pass any sort of negative energies your way.
Comparison is the thief of joy.
One is always at joy and is better off without comparing where they are and what they have with other people, for it is bound to obliterate our happiness. This is because when we compare ourselves with others and our lives with those of others, we will always remain unhappy and unsatisfied because it will look better to us and whatever we have will feel less. This is severely harmful for one’s self-interests and personality and one should always avoid comparison, for there seldom comes anything good out of it.
All the resources we need are in the mind.
Roosevelt, through this quote, is trying to send a message which basically means that everything and anything is possible if one thinks and believes it is. Yes, resources are necessary to do something, but they are not everything one needs. The real resources that one actually needs reside in their minds.
If a person has the willingness to do something, the confidence, dedication, and has faith in him/herself, then nothing can stop him/her from doing it, even if they lack the physical resources at a point of time, they will still be able to overcome obstacles and get what they want. It all starts and ends with one’s mindset. If you believe you can, nothing and no one could possibly stop you, but if you let your inhibitions and self-doubts take over, then you will not be able to do it, even if you have the resources.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
There are going to many types of people in the course of your life, some who get you and others who simply get on your nerves. But once you master the art of getting along with people of all kinds and personalities, it is then that you unlock the door to success because it is of utter importance.
There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is unfamiliar or different is to be afraid of life.
Change is inevitable and much needed in life because, without change and difference, there will be nothing new there would not be any growth either.
Change is a mandatory part of any and everybody’s life. So, the sooner one accepts it, the better it will be for them to adjust and come to terms with it. Those who are afraid and unwilling to let change enter their lives, on the other hand, are the ones who are afraid of living, for there is no future and no life without change. All you can do is endure it and move on.
With self-discipline most, anything is possible.
The ability and capacity to control oneself from urges and indulge in things that are right for one is known as self-discipline. Once a person learns to do that, they will automatically start doing as well as attracting what is right for them, and nobody would be able to stop them from achieving their goal.
Self-discipline is an art, which is not mastered by everybody but should be because it always tends to work out in your favour and benefit in the long run.
It is of no use to preach to children if you do not act decently yourself.
Giving advice to children or those younger to you, or to someone who is less experienced than you are, is completely futile if you don’t follow it on your own first.
Your words will be of no value if you do not practice what you preach.
It is only through labour and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move onto better things.
Nothing good ever comes easy to anyone. If you desire the best result of your work, then it is going to require your best work effort too! The unending effort, hardcore determination, energy, and strength, along with numerous other factors, are what it takes to move onto better things in life.
Without hard work, failures, and one’s time and energy, one is always going to end up wanting better for themselves but would never actually be able to get it.
The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it.
Happiness is only going to come your way if you genuinely want it, and work towards getting it. True joy of life isn’t just handed over to anyone. One needs to earn it, and when they do, they need to make sure that they do everything not to lose it.
Co-author: Khushi Shah
Khushi has just passed her school and is now studying at PDPU. Apart from writing, she likes to sketch and dance. She also has other blogs where she posts proses and poetry.