From A Century Ago

Last Update: November 05, 2015

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:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/leoemery/blog/the-...

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,
Dick


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.
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Ruthchicago Premium
Excellent choice Dick!
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dickw Premium
Thank you Ruth
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RichieBarone Premium
Thank-you again, words of wisdom and encouragement!
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dickw Premium
Thank you, Richie, for reading....Dick
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Dmorrow Premium
Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all! I like that speech - it's so true that it is way easier to question and criticize than to be the one being questioned and criticized and, in the end, that gets you nowhere!

Blessings,
Debby
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dickw Premium
That is so true, Debby. I'm glad you liked. A question you can ask of your next critic," Kind sir, have you ever heard of a statue erected to a critic?"
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Dmorrow Premium
BAHAHAHA - love that!
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dickw Premium
You are welcome Valerie.You are moving right along. Great!....Dick
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krazykat Premium
Well said Dick. It is so rewarding to inspire and to be inspired.
Thank you for your post.
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