Monday, September 13, 2010

Daring Greatly

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 up short again and again
because there is no effort without error or shortcoming,
but who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions,
who spends himself for a worthy cause;
who, at 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 knew neither victory nor defeat.

-Theodore Roosevelt (speaking at the Sorbonne in Paris, April 23, 1910)


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