Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Man in the Arena

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."  

~Theodore Roosevelt, from the speech "Citizenship in a Republic" given in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910.

If you did the homework I assigned yesterday, you heard this quote. The last line gives me chills. My dear friends, let's not be among the "cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." 

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