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

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believe that we have more to do than to simply accomplish material prosperity; unless, in short, we do our full duty as private citizens, interested alike in the honor of the state.”
  “A nation’s greatness lies in its possibility of achievement in the present, and nothing helps it more than consciousness of achievement in the past.”
  “Boasting and blustering are as objectionable among nations as among individuals, and the public men of a great nation owe it to their sense of national self-respect to speak courteously of foreign powers, just as a brave and self-respecting man treats all around him courteously.”
  The famous phrase, “the strenuous life,” is from his speech to the Hamilton Club, in Chicago, in 1899. This was the sentence in which it occurred:
  “I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from