Saturday, May 27, 2006

one of my all-time favorite quotes

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” - President Teddy Roosevelt


Inspired! said...

Inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

bandlady said...

That's a wonderful quote! I'll have to remember that one. Thanks for sharing!

Jason Woolever said...

yeah, i love this quote. i read it first in a John Maxwell book, and i've seen it numerous times since. i have it taped inside one of my Bibles.

Carol Herdien said...

I copied the quote and put it into my document of quotes. Teddy Roosevelt was a very interesting president -- a little before my time -- but colorful. We have him to thank for many of our western national parks. We think of John F. Kennedy as a young president, but Teddy was relatively youthful too -- age 43 when he took office.

He knew sadness too. He lost his first wife and his mother on the same day, but when he died he felt he had lived a wonderful life.

Carol Herdien

Jason Woolever said...

wow, that's wild. i can't believe he was so young. i'll be eligible in 5 years myself. i better start coming up with some cool quotes if i want to get elected.

John said...

The comparison reminds me so vividly of one of Stanley Hauerwas vs. any American soldier.