Four From Teddy

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Four from Teddy
3 Speeches and 1 Article by Theodore Roosevelt
Plus over 50 "Quotable TR Quotes"
Special Bonus:
How TR Saved Football
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Four from Teddy
Publisher's Preface
Quotable Quotes
Character and Success
The Strenuous Life
Citizenship in a Republic
"The Man in the Arena"
The Leader and The Cause
"It Takes More Than That to Kill a Bull Moose"
October 15, 1912 Detroit Free Press
BONUS: TR Saves Football
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Publisher's Preface
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, is a beloved figure in
American history and is perhaps the most quoted of all the presidents (along with his
fellow honorees on Mount Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and
Abraham Lincoln).
You might be familiar with his famous:
"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."
That quote is the inspiration for this compilation. What was the context for that quote?
When was it delivered? Why? It was part of a speech delivered in Paris on April 23, 1910:
Citizenship in a Republic. And, as a fan of TR, you will enjoy reading the entire text of that
Along with Citizenship in a Republic, you will find herein a copy of The Leader and the
speech (also known as the It Takes More Than That to Kill a Bull Moose speech).
On October 14, 1912, before Roosevelt was set to make a speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
he was shot in an assassination attempt by John Schrank. Undeterred, TR started his
address with:
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"Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don't know whether you fully
understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull
Moose. But fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long
speech, and there is a bullet--there is where the bullet went through--and it
probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so that I
cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best."
Also included are an article that Roosevelt wrote for the March 31 edition of The Outlook
titled: Character and Success and The Strenuous Life, a commentary from a speech given
in April 1899 in Chicago. I hope you find all of these words from one of the great
characters in history inspirational and motivational as well as insightful and applicable to
your business and personal life.
R. Scott Frothingham
A Resource for Entrepreneurs,
Managers and Sales Professionals
NOTE: For a quick bio of TR, check out the official US government version at For a more in depth
look, there are several excellent books available including Edmund Morris's
trilogy Colonel Roosevelt, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, David
McCullough's Mornings on Horseback and, of course, his own An Autobiography by
Theodore Roosevelt.

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Quotable Quotes from TR
Before we get to the long-form speeches and article, let's take a look at some of the great
"sound bite" quotes attributed to this "larger-than-life" figure from the past.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you
wouldn't sit for a month.
I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
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.
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.
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.
Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.
I am a part of everything that I have read.
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