Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Theodore Roosevelt (18581919)
If we are to be a really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, governor of New York, speech before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, Illinois, April 10, 1899.The Strenuous Life (vol. 13 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), chapter 1, p. 322 (1926).