"There are many kinds of successes in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful businessman, or railroad man, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor, or a writer, or a president, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears or lions. But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison."
Theodore Roosevelt expresses the importance of the complete family unit and the uniquely special value of children in the home.
"Having been a sickly boy, with no natural bodily prowess, and having lived much at home, I was at first quite unable to hold my own when thrown into contact with other boys of rougher antecedents. I was nervous and timid. Yet from reading of the people that I admired ranging from the soldiers of valley forge and Morgans riflemen to the heroes of my favorite stories and from hearing of the feats performed by my Southern forefathers and kinsfolk, and from knowing my father, I felt a great admiration for men who were fearless and who could hold their own in the world, and I had a great desire to be like them "
Roosevelt speaking in retrospect, about the type of men that influenced his thinking and helped shape his character.
" treat every woman as if she were your sister; care for the little children, and be tender with the old and helpless."
Roosevelt demonstrates a gentle sensitivity towards children and the elderly; values that he believed all good American citizens should possess.
Roosevelt possesed keen wit as a child. His mother, of southern parentage and with relatives actively serving in the Confederacy, was torn between that and a northern husband's beliefs.
" when I felt that I had been wronged by maternal discipline during the day, I attempted a partial vengeance by praying with loud fervor, for the success of the Union Arms when we all came to say our prayers before my mother in the evening "
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