Roosevelt the Bad@ss

Roosevelt the Bad@ss

Theodore Roosevelt was an advocate for “the life of strenuous endeavor.”


  • Captured an outlaw
  • Authored 35 books
  • Fought in the Spanish-American War
  • Served as Police Commissioner of New York City
  • Served as Governor of New York
  • Served as president of the American Historical Association
  • Led two major scientific expeditions for prominent American museums
  • Served as president of the United States (started as the youngest in history – 42)
  • Won the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Had six children

After he left the presidency in 1909, he went on a safari in Africa. When he returned, he ran for president in 1912 as an independent because he lost the Republican nomination. While campaigning, he was shot in the chest and ultimately recovered. His words at the time…

“No man has had a happier life than I have led;
a happier life in every way.”

After he died in his sleep several years later (1919), the vice-president said, “Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake there would have been a fight.”

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Read some of Roosevelt’s most inspiring words below…
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Some of Roosevelt’s most inspiring words…

(from his speech in 1910, Citizenship in a Republic)

“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 them 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 short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

(This segment of the speech is often referred to as ‘The Man in the Arena.’)

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