A Small and Mean Mind

August 2, 2010

On the eve of Theodore Roosevelt’s nomination for a second term, he wrote his son Kermit a letter in which he reflected on his time in the White House.

It is a wonderful privilege to have been here and to have been given the chance to do this work and I should regard myself as having a small and mean mind if in the event of defeat I felt soured at not having had more instead of being thankful for having had so much.  (The Letters and Lessons of Theodore Roosevelt for His Sons, 65)

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