There are a few quotes I tend to keep top of mind. For me they serve not only in writing and thought but in life. My kids know it by heart as well. For me, the concept Roosevelt so concisely summed up is a simple one that provides the answer to many of life's issues. Teddy Roosevelt is responsible for my favorite quote of all time.
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.