Quotation by Theodore Roosevelt

The men with the muck-rakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society; but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Speech, April 14, 1906, Washington, D.C.. The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches, ed. Brian MacArthur (1992).

The "Man with the Muck-rake" is a character in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
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