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Quotation by Theodore Roosevelt
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, April 10, 1899, Chicago. The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches, ed. Brian MacArthur (1992).
Roosevelt devoted much of his life to "strenuous" pursuits, building up a slender frame by vigorous exercise, and enduring extreme conditions as rancher and soldier.
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