“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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

TR. h/t SteeljawScribe


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  • steeljawscribe

    “twould gladly swap a blog post (or 2, 3) for the proposal hell I’m churning through this weekend…

  • Brilliant!

  • steeljawscribe

    BTW – there’s a great story about that quote and last night’s Nats game — and it didn’t have anything to do with the racing presidents…

  • Old AF Sarge

    Brilliant. Simply brilliant!

    …(I’d be happy to get one like, let alone any comments!)

  • Cinclax

    Hi guys. I trust you realize this is a well-known Theodore Roosevelt quote.

    • mripley

      Admin note: yes, that is why it says TR

  • Guest

    This quote was partially written on the wall in our high school gym, next to the home bleechers. But….. it was attributed to John F. Kennedy ! ! ! He must have been quoting TR, but our high school never figured that out.