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

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  “You can’t govern yourselves by sitting in your studies and thinking how good you are. You’ve got to fight all you know how, and you’ll find a lot of able men willing to fight you.”
  “A man must go into practical politics in order to make his influence felt. Practical politics must not be construed to mean dirty politics. On the contrary, in the long run the politics of fraud and treachery and foulness is unpractical politics, and the most practical of all politicians is the politician who is clean and decent and upright.”
  “The actual advance must be made in the field of practical politics, among the men who are sometimes rough and coarse, who sometimes have lower ideals than they should, but who are capable, masterful and efficient.”
  “No one of us can make the world move on very far, but it moves at all only when each one of a very large number does his duty.”
  “Clean politics is simply one form of applied good citizenship.”
  “A man should be no more excused for lying on the stump than for lying off the stump.”
  “It is a good thing to appeal to citizens to