Extraordinary perseverance

Teddy Roosevelt, who served as president and also wrote 40 books, once described himself as an ordinary man with extraordinary perseverance.

That’s what Doris Kearns Goodwin said recently in an interview on National Public Radio. Kearns was talking about her new book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.

Ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance. What a great quote!

However, when I searched online, I could find any reference to a Teddy Roosevelt quote about extraordinary perseverance.

I did find a quote from Sir Thomas Buxton, who once served as a British member of parliament. “With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable,” Buxton said.

I also found a couple of Teddy Roosevelt quotes that I like.

“I am only an average man, but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man,” Roosevelt said.

He also said, “There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters, but, by acting as if I was not afraid, I gradually ceased to be afraid.”

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