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" I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life... "
The Americanism of Theodore Roosevelt - Page 239
1923
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Ends and Odds: Eight New Dramatic Pieces

Peter H. Gibbon, Samuel Beckett - 1976 - 128 pages
...faithful to his wife, devoted to his children. And in a famous speech in Chicago he offered his credo: "I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of the strenuous life." Unlike many contemporary politicians, he did not hire pollsters and speechwriters or spend time with...
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The Progressive Era's Health Reform Movement: A Historical Dictionary

Ruth Clifford Engs - 2003 - 419 pages
...first presented the concept in a speech at the Hamilton Club in Chicago in April 1899. He considered "the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife." He argued that a "healthy state can exist only when Sunday, William "Billy" Ashley 326 the men and...
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I Rose Like a Rocket: The Political Education of Theodore Roosevelt

Paul Grondahl - 2004 - 448 pages
...the Century Company a book titled The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses. The title piece begins, I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease,...of success which comes, not to the man who desires more easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or bitter toil, and...
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Lines on the Land: Writers, Art, and the National Parks

Scott Herring - 2004 - 199 pages
...national virility and greatness" (149). As Roosevelt told a group of Chicago club members in 1899, "I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease,...the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife" ("Strenuous Life" 184). The heralded prosperity of the new century threatened a fatal softness. "The...
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Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film, 1880-1910

Nancy Mowll Mathews, Professor Nancy Mowll Mathews, Charles Musser, Marta Braun - 2005 - 192 pages
...Theodore Roosevelt. In his famous speech of April 1899, he laid out the principle that united them: "I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease,...strenuous life. The life of toil and effort, of labor gold strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy...
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Ragging it: Getting Ragtime Into History (and Some History Into Ragtime)

H. Loring White - 2005 - 419 pages
...Theodore Roosevelt, who had first used the phrase in an 1899 speech when he was Governor of New York ("I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life...") Reprinting had made the phrase a byword, evoking a dynamic president. Six other composers followed...
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Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality

Richard Slotkin - 2006 - 639 pages
...of power and to assert broad national and public interests in the political arena. To them he would "preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the...of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, labor and strife." They must recover the virility and warrior spirit that had belonged to their "fathers,"...
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HNAI Dallas Signature Auction Catalog

Ivy Press - 2006
...summarizes Roosevelt's beliefs: I WISH TO PREACH NOT TO THE DOCTRINE OF IGNOBLE EASE BUT THE DOCTRINE OF STRENUOUS LIFE, THE LIFE OF TOIL AND EFFORT, OF LABOR...AND STRIFE; TO PREACH THAT HIGHEST FORM OF SUCCESS THAT COMES, NOT TO THE MAN WHO DESIRES MERE EASE AND PEACE, BUT TO HIM WHO DOES NOT SHRINK FROM DANGER,...
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The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When

Ralph Keyes - 2007 - 416 pages
...Square deal was a gambling term TR may have picked up while cowboying out west. Roosevelt did originate "I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life," which was part of a sentence he used in an 1899 speech. Several years later, Roosevelt said during...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - 2006 - 1067 pages
...Chicago, 111., 10 Apr. 1899 See Theodore Roosevelt 1; Theodore Roosevelt 2; Theodore Roosevelt 18 6 ometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Through the Looki Speech to Hamilton Club, Chicago, 111., 10 Apr. 1899 7 I have always been fond of the West African...
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