I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life....Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, Speech at the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899.


I come from a country that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I’m from Missouri. You’ve got to show me.

Missouri Congressman Willard D. Vandiver, addressing Five O'Clock Club in Philadelphia, and earning Missouri the nickname "Show Me State."


Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need.

Rudyard Kipling, exhorting the United States to be good imperialists and annex the Philippines in his poem "The White Man's Burden."


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