Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Man in the Arena

Today I want to share a quote that, through many tough times, has inspired me to have courage and push outside my comfort zone. At times thinking about these words has allowed me to ignore naysayers, shun negative influences and avoid fear of failure.

Sometimes words are powerful enough to positively change the course of a life, and these ones have for me, in small, but important ways on more than one occasion.

I hope you enjoy them!

Excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt's "Citizen in a Republic" speech at the Sorbonne in Paris. April 23, 1910.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done 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, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows 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 know neither victory nor defeat."


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