Thursday, May 6, 2010

THE ONE IN THE ARENA

Since college days, this has been one of my favorite quotations

"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 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 the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he 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 in
"Citizenship in a Republic," a speech in Paris, April 23, 1910; quoted by John F. Kennedy

So, cheers to all who attempt, who dare to make a difference, who strive passionately for what's good and right and fair, who go for excellence and fullness and beauty, who discover and emulate transcendent principles.

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