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Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914). Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen. 1904.

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‘How is it going to help me?’ not ‘What is it worth to the party?’ Not any of these, but ‘Is it right?’ That is Roosevelt’s legacy to Albany. And it was worth his coming and his going to have that.”
  So that was what we got out of his term as Governor—all of us, for the legacy is to the whole land, not only to my own State. As for him, all unconscious of it, he had been learning to be President, the while he taught us Henry Clay’s lesson that there is one thing that is even better than to be President,—namely, to be right.