Interesting Quote

posted @ Wednesday, October 27, 2004 12:41 PM


I came across this quote that I thought is was rather interesting. It came from a speech titled “The Man in the Arena: Citizenship in a Republic” that Theodore Roosevelt gave at the Univeristy of Paris, Sorbonne in 1910. The following can be found in the 9th paragraph of his speech:

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 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 up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, 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.