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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
QUOTATION: Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, the labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to triumph.
ATTRIBUTION: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, assistant secretary of the Navy, speech before the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, June 1897.—“Washington’s Forgotten Maxim,” American Ideals (vol. 13 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), chapter 12, p. 198 (1926).

See No. 411 for the maxim Roosevelt felt had been forgotten.