Theodore Roosevelt

“In a republic, to be successful we must learn to combine intensity of conviction with a broad tolerance of difference of conviction.  Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth. Bitter internecine hatreds, based on such differences, are signs not of earnestness of belief but of that fanaticism which, whether religious or anti-religious, democratic or anti-democratic, is itself but a manifestation of the gloomy bigotry which has been the chief factor in the downfall of so many, many nations.”
Theodore Roosevelt from the speech “The Man In The Arena”

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