Jacob A. Riis (18491914). Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen. 1904.
and, thank God, of mine, let him speak now, and judge yourself how performance has squared with promise, practice with preaching:
Of course what we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man. Now, the chances are strong that he wont be much of a man unless he is a good deal of a boy. He must not be a coward or a weakling, a bully, a shirk, or a prig. He must work hard and play hard. He must be clean-minded and clean-lived, and able to hold his own under all circumstances and against all comers. It is only on these conditions that he will grow into the kind of a man of whom America can really be proud.
In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard; dont foul and dont shirk, but hit the line hard.