I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.
The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.
I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
With self-discipline most anything is possible.
Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants.
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.