Theodore Roosevelt served as the 26th President of the United States from September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909. Besides being the President of the United States, he also served as Police Commissioner of New York City, he was also appointed as the Assitant Secretary of the Navy in 1897 by President McKinley. When the American-Spanish War began in 1898 he resigned from the position of Assitant Secretary of the Navy. After his resignation, he and Army Colonel Leonard Wood formed the First US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment also known as the Rough Riders.
I believe that we can look into his life and learn from this great man’s experience and acquire some knowledge of that I believe would be fundamental for us.
These five quotes by Theodore Roosevelt reveal to us, men, that it is not the critic that determines the outcome in our lives but instead he pins the outcome of our goals, which are our responsibility, on our backs. I hope these quotes motivates us to inquire about our life standings, our roles in society, and on how to be better men overall in serving our family, country, and faith.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles 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 dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”-–Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic, Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”
“We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.”
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”
“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”
∗These photos of Theodore Roosevelt were acquired from, President Theodore Roosevelt. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. Dickinson State University.