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Theodore Roosevelt – It is not the critic who counts

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Theodore RooseveltIt is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)

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Theodore Roosevelt – Leaders and bosses

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Theodore RooseveltPeople ask the difference between a leader and a boss. . . The leader works in the open and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)

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Theodore Roosevelt – Loose and foul of tongue

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Theodore RooseveltI ask you to remember that you cannot retain your self-respect if you are loose and foul of tongue, that a man who is to lead a clean and honorable life must inevitably suffer if his speech likewise is not clean and honorable.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)

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Theodore Roosevelt – The eighth commandment

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Theodore RooseveltThe eighth commandment reads, “Thou shalt not steal.” It does not read, “Thou shalt not steal from the rich man.” It does not read, “Thou shalt not steal from the poor man.” It reads simply and plainly, “Thou shalt not steal.”

No good whatever will come from that warped and mock morality which denounces the misdeeds of men of wealth and forgets the misdeeds practiced at their expense; which denounces bribery, but blinds itself to blackmail; which foams with rage if a corporation secures favors by improper methods, and merely leers with hideous mirth if the corporation is itself wronged.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)

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Theodore Roosevelt – For a public servant to be trusted

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Theodore RooseveltThe only public servant who can be trusted honestly to protect the rights of the public against the misdeeds of a corporation is that public man who will just as surely protect the corporation itself from wrongful aggression. If a public man is willing to yield to popular clamor and do wrong to the men of wealth or to rich corporations, it may be set down as certain that if the opportunity comes he will secretly and furtively do wrong to the public in the interest of a corporation.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)

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Theodore Roosevelt – High and resolute courage

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Theodore RooseveltWe are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous perforrnance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.

Theodore Roosevelt   (1858-1919)

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