9 of the Most Motivating Quotes From Former President Teddy Roosevelt

9 of the Most Motivating Quotes From Former President Teddy Roosevelt

I believe in the power of words and in light of that — I’ve compiled a list of Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt’s most motivating quotes. Along with a pictorial from his home town in Long Island, New York — ’cause YaS I was there. It was magnificent. They didn’t allow for any photographs taken inside because of all the delicate furnishings. Everything is as it was when Teddy and his family called it home. He even passed away in this house, spend the remainder of his days there … I hope resting. But nothing has been documented about which room in the house — but the staff, at the national historic Sagamore Hill site, each have their suspicions.

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

— Teddy Roosevelt

A peek inside the home. Photo found on Pinterest

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right way. We might not always know what’s best, but this might help guide those moments along…


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.

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

— Teddy Roosevelt

On keeping motivation strong and hungry…

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

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

— Teddy Roosevelt

On hussle skills…

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.

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.

— Teddy Roosevelt


Keep learning, growing, and expanding yourself. Most importantly, believe you can and you’re on your way. Ambition is the first step to success. The second step is action.