Quote of the Day

Theodore Roosevelt was a very effective writer and speaker, and he is eminently quotable. For each of the quotes below, the Theodore Roosevelt Center has provided a brief explanation of the setting or the context in which TR made the statement.

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Featured Quote for February 25, 2018:

The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle of life and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 24, 2018
The next great lesson that we should learn is the lesson of work rather than of criticism. Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 23, 2018
Scant should be your patience with the man or woman doing a bit of work vitally worth doing, who does not approach it in the spirit of sincere love for the work, and the desire to do it well for the work’s sake.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 22, 2018
From the greatest to the smallest, happiness and usefulness are largely found, and the joy of life is won in its deepest and truest sense, only by those who have not shirked life’s burden.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 21, 2018
The life of duty, not the life of mere ease or pleasure-that is the kind of life which makes the great man, as it makes the great nation.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 20, 2018
The man who counts is not the man who dodge work, but he who goes out into life rejoicing as a strong man to run a race, girding himself for the effort, bound to win and wrest triumph from difficulty and disaster.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 19, 2018
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 18, 2018
Virtue by itself, though, is not enough, or anything like enough. Strength must be added to it, and the determination to use that strength.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 17, 2018
Therefore, I ask of you the straightforward, earnest performance of duty in all the little things that come up day by day in business, in domestic life-in every way; and then when the opportunity comes, if you have been successful with the lesser things, I know you will rise to the level of the heroic deeds.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 16, 2018
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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February 15, 2018
No one quality or virtue is enough; vigor, honesty, sound judgement – all are needed in order to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt writes on the keys to success which for him include Courage, Honesty and Common Sense. He then goes on to discuss the paths a man can take to success.

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