Ted Talk

On 10 April, 1899, Teddy Roosevelt would deliver the speech, “The Strenuous Life”, to the Hamilton Club in Chicago. The speech would outline his thoughts on US Foreign Policy, family, and recent American history. It would be one of the most important speeches of his career at that point, and began in part,

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.