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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1637
AUTHOR: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
QUOTATION: Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.
ATTRIBUTION: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, saying.—Gifford Pinchot, “Roosevelt as President” in State Papers as Governor and President, 1899–1909 (vol. 15 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), p. xxxiii (1926).

Pinchot commented, “There are few sayings of his that hold for me so much of him as this.”