"The highest form of success 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": First Edition of Theodore Roosevelt's The Strenuous Life; Signed by Him During His Presidency
The Strenuous Life. Essays and Addresses by Theodore Roosevelt.
Item Number: 67068
New York: The Century Co, 1902.
First edition of this collection of speeches from Theodore Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, gilt topstain, fronispiece of Roosevelt. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With regards of Theodore Roosevelt Xmas 1902.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
The Strenuous Life is titled after a speech Roosevelt gave in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, 1899. Based upon his personal experiences, he argued that strenuous effort and overcoming hardship were ideals to be embraced by Americans for the betterment of the nation and the world in the 20th century. As a result, the phrase "the strenuous life" has become highly connected to Roosevelt's life. Nathan Miller's biography of Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt: A Life, begins by saying that "the strenuous life" is one of "the things that immediately come to mind when Theodore Roosevelt's name is mentioned."