Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Theodore Roosevelt (18581919)
Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihoodthe virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, letter to S. Stanwood Menken, chairman, committee on Congress of Constructive Patriotism, January 10, 1917. Roosevelts sister, Mrs. Douglas Robinson, read the letter to a national meeting, January 26, 1917.Proceedings of the Congress of Constructive Patriotism, Washington, D.C., January 2527, 1917, p. 172 (1917).