It is a base untruth to say that happy is the nation that has no history. Thrice happy is the nation that has a glorius history. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt Apr. 10, 1899 - from "The Strenuous Life", a speech to the Hamilton Club, Chicago