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We Need Some Heros These Days…

So, who is your hero?  Jesus, my wife and dad come to mind for me…along with the “Rough Rider” himself.

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I read as much as I can about President Teddy Roosevelt. Often I like to use his qoutes that are just as relevant today as they were 100 plus years ago. I especially like, “if we were to kick in the butt the person responsible for most of our own troubles, none of us would sit down for a week”. Here are a few more of my favorites…

  • 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.
  • A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
  • A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
  • A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
  • A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
  • Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering.
  • Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.
  • Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
  • Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
  • Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
  • Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
  • Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
  • Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
  • Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but if you must, never hit soft.
  • Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
  • Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
  • Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
  • For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.
  • Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.
  • Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.

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