A man must develop his physical prowess up to a certain point; but after he has reached that point there are other things that count more. In my regiment nine-tenths of the men were better horsemen than I was, and probably two-thirds of them better shots than I was, while on average they were certainly hardier and more enduring. Yet after I had had them a very short while they all knew, and I knew too, that nobody else could command them as I could.
On boys becoming men
A healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more indignation for the boy who bullies girls or small boys, or tortures animals.
What we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man.
I don’t want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism; and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life.
Of “Lesser” Men
Think of the fact that in Washington’s army that winter among the junior officers were Alexander Hamilton, (James) Monroe and (John) Marshall – a future President of the United States, the future Chief Justice who was to do such wonderful work for our Government, and the man of most brilliant mind – Hamilton – whom we have ever developed in this country.