Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, the labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to triumph.
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Source Notes: Source: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, assistant secretary of the Navy, speech before the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, June 1897.Washingtons Forgotten Maxim, American Ideals , chapter 12, p. 198 .See No. 411 for the maxim Roosevelt felt had been forgotten.
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