Theodore Roosevelt quote about life from Theodore Roosevelt; an Autobiography - The performance of duty, and not an indulgence in vapid ease and vapid pleasure, is all that makes life worth while.
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The performance of duty, and not an indulgence in vapid ease and vapid pleasure, is all that makes life worth while.
 Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt; an Autobiography (1913). copy citation

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“No other work is as valuable or as exacting for either man or woman; it must always, in every healthy society, be for both man and woman the prime work, the most important work; normally all other work is of secondary importance, and must come as an addition to, not a substitute for, this primary work. The partnership should be one of equal rights, one of love, of self-respect, and unselfishness, above all a partnership for the performance of the most vitally important of all duties. The performance of duty, and not an indulgence in vapid ease and vapid pleasure, is all that makes life worth while.
Suffrage for women should be looked on from this standpoint. Personally I feel that it is exactly as much a "right" of women as of men to vote. But the important point with both men and women is to treat the exercise of the suffrage as a duty, which, in the long run, must be well performed to be of the slightest value.” source

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