They showed by their lives that they recognized the law of work, the law of strife; they toiled to win a competence for themselves and those dependent upon them; but they recognized that there were yet other and even loftier duties—duties to the nation and duties to the race.
We must never compromise in a way that means retrogression. Yet he must consider the question of expediency, in order that he may do all the good possible, for otherwise he will do none. The very fact that the boy should be manly and able to hold his own, that he should be ashamed to submit to bullying without instant retaliation, should, in return, make him abhor any form of bullying, cruelty, or brutality.
He may have to try something entirely new.
Of course, if, as a result of his high-school, academy, or college experience, he gets to thinking that the only kind of learning is that to be found in books, he will do very little; but if he keeps his mental balance,—that is, if he shows character,—he will understand both what learning can do and what it cannot, and he will be all the better the more he can get.
We admire the man who embodies victorious effort; the man who never wrongs his neighbor, who is prompt to help a friend, but who has those virile qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life.
He must avoid both under penalty of wreckage, and it avails him nothing to have avoided one, if he founders on the other. Pulling from one of my favorite sections of Aristotle, he reminds us that we must always live somewhere between idle dreaminess and practical but cynical politicking.
He must lead, only he must lead in the right direction, and normally he must be in sight of his followers. He cannot do good work if he is not strong and does not try with his whole heart and soul to count in any contest; and his strength will be a curse to himself and to every one else if he does not have thorough command over himself and over his own evil passions, and if he does not use his strength on the side of decency, justice, and fair dealing.
To get the very best work out of them, they should all be composed of trained and seasoned men; and in any event they should not be sent against a formidable adversary unless each crew has for a nucleus a large body of such men filling all the important positions.
Softness of heart is an admirable quality, but when it extends its area until it also becomes softness of head, its results are anything but admirable. I do not mean that he must love only the negative virtues; I mean he must love the positive virtues also. Of course it is entirely unnecessary to say that nothing atones for the lack of this desire to do right.
This is always the attractive course; but in certain great crises it may be a very wrong course. The Arab wrecked the civilization of the Mediterranean coasts, the Turk wrecked the civilization of southeastern Europe, and the Tatar desolated from China to Russia and to Persia, setting back the progress of the world for centuries, solely because the civilized nations opposed to them had lost the great fighting qualities, and, in becoming overpeaceful, had lost the power of keeping peace with a strong hand.
Success must always include, as its first element, earning a competence for the support of the man himself, and for the bringing up of those dependent upon him. It is even sometimes said that these mechanical devices will be of so terrible a character as to nullify the courage which has always in the past been the prime factor in winning battles.
It is only on these conditions that he will grow into the kind of American man of whom America can be really proud. All honor must be paid to the architects of our material prosperity, to the great captains of industry who have built our factories and our railroads, to the strong men who toil for wealth with brain or hand; for great is the debt of the nation to these and their kind.
The possession of the courage of the soldier does not excuse the lack of courage in the statesman and, even less does the possession of the courage of the statesman excuse shrinking on the field of battle.
A mere life of ease is not in the end a very satisfactory life, and, above all, it is a life which ultimately unfits those who follow it for serious work in the world. But in war it is unsafe to trust to the blunders of the adversary to offset our own blunders.The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses () is a collection of Theodore Roosevelt’s published commentaries and public addresses on what is necessary for a.
Title The strenuous life; essays and addresses, Contributor Names Roosevelt, Theodore, Created / Published. The strenuous life is a collection of speeches and addresses that Roosevelt gave to encourage Americans to achieve Manifest Destiny.
The book has both positive and negative qualities. The negative include Theodore's call to take land from the Native Americans and civilize them/5.
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olitician, soldier, naturalist, and historian — a century after the peak of his multifaceted career, Theodore Roosevelt remains a towering symbol of American optimism and progress.
This collection of speeches and commentaries from through embodies the Rough Rider's /5(55). The Strenuous Life is titled after a speech Roosevelt gave in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, Based upon his personal experiences, he argued that strenuous effort and overcoming hardship were ideals to be embraced by Americans for the betterment of the nation and the world in the 20th century.
The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses: Theodore Roosevelt: This small but concentrated book is a collection of Roosevelt’s published commentaries and public addresses on what is necessary for a vital and healthy political, social and individual life.Download