Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Theodore Roosevelt (18581919)
We cannot afford merely to sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them; and this task is now well begun.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, The City in Modern Life, Literary Essays (vol. 12 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), p. 226 (1926). Book review in The Atlantic Monthly, April 1895.