Tuesday, April 26, 2016
My Favorite Quote
“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.”
- Theodore Roosevelt Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
Full script of the speech can be found here http://www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trsorbonnespeech.html
Take a second and reread this. This is simply one of the most powerful paragraphs I’ve ever read. This is an excellent example of how I want to live my life and a perfect example of what I attempt to instill in my children. It took me until I was 37 years old to hear this quote. I had always enjoyed Teddy Roosevelt and reading about him, but I never got to this, so I’m sharing it in hopes that it’ll be as profound for you as it is for me. I would have loved to be able to be there to hear him deliver this whole speech. I can only imagine hearing the words from the President himself.