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There is a homely old adage which runs: Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. If the American Nation will speak softly, and yet build, and keep at a pitch of the highest training, a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.

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Source Notes: Source: President THEODORE ROOSEVELT, speech, Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 1903.Presidential Addresses and State Papers, part 1 , p. 266 .In America and the World War, chapter 2, p. 24, he referred to the homely proverb: Speak softly and carry a big stick.The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed., vol. 18 . In the last chapter of Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography, p. 524 , he says: The only safe rule is to promise little, and faithfully to keep every promise; to speak softly and carry a big stick.

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