Monday, September 26, 2005

Roosevelt on Sweat and Timid Souls

One of my absolute favorite thoughts:

"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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
American statesman (26th US president: 1901-09)
from "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910

More quotes about: Achievement, Deed, Defeat, Effort, Enthusiasm, Errors, Failure, Soul, Timidity, Victory

And, thanks to my friend Olukunle for telling me about this site where you can read the speech from which this quote was lifted.


At 12:20 AM, Anonymous MaxBOOTY said...

This is one of my favorite quotes ever. It is the one in "the arena" that most influences me, reminds me of Gladiator everytime I read it. Cheers to the gladiators!


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