Theodore Roosevelt

1858-1919 26th president of the United States (1901–09) and writer, naturalist and soldier.

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.

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.

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

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ”present” or ”not guilty.”

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