From A Century Ago
I was sitting in front of my machine this morning thinking about what I wanted to write to the group. Then I remembered that I still had a post from yesterday written by leoemery. I was saving it for a quiet moment because this fellow always has something of value to say. I would urge everyone to bring it up. It is powerful. You can find it here:
Now you know that that is not from a century ago. The following excerpt is, and it and was part of a rousing speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in France in 1910. While it has been on my desk for a while, I want to give credit to Funkydunce208 for mentioning it in his comment to Leo's blog.
Leo inspired me to write this. This is what we do here. We inspire each other, we teach and learn from each other. We rise, we fall, we rise again, never quitting, always striving and doing. And then..........it happens.
My very best to everybody,
THE MAN IN THE ARENA
Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic"
delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
download PDF of complete speech
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.