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The Strenuous Life: Essays And Addresses, (Original Version, Restored) Paperback – October 12, 2011
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"A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little worthy of a nation as of an individual. I ask only that what every self respecting American demands from himself and from his sons shall be demanded of the American nation as a whole. Who among you would teach your boys that ease, that peace, is to be the first consideration in their eyes to be the ultimate goal after which they strive? You men of Chicago have made this city great, you men of Illinois have done your share, and more than your share, in making America great, because you neither preach nor practise such a doctrine. You work yourselves, and you bring up your sons to work. If you are rich and are worth your salt, you will teach your sons that though they may have leisure, it is not to be spent in idleness; for wisely used leisure merely means that those who possess it, being free from the necessity of working for their livelihood, are all the more bound to carry on some kind of non-remunerative work in science, in letters, in art, in exploration, in historical research work of the type we , most need in this country, the successful carrying out of which reflects most honor upon the nation. We do not admire the man of timid peace." - Theodore Roosevelt This is a 6" by 9" restored and re-formatted edition of Theodore Roosevelt's original 1901 classic. The text remains exactly as written in 1901. The book is a must have in your collection. Visit our website and see our many books at PhysicalCultureBooks.com
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As I read the book, I kept thinking "there is nothing new under the sun". I can't say I agree with everything he says, but I can't help but deeply respect the man. It is definitely worth reading and thinking about how far we have/haven't come in 110 years.