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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
QUOTATION: If we lose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay.
ATTRIBUTION: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, “The Law of Civilization and Decay,” American Ideals (vol. 13 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), chapter 15, pp. 259–60 (1926). This review of The Law of Civilization and Decay by Brooks Adams appeared in The Forum, January 1897.
SUBJECTS: Civilization