“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, Citizenship in a Republic, April 23, 1910

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  1. Violet Lentz May 7, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    What an inspiring quote. I see myself on so many levels. But then I’m a narcissist, so I would… 😋

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    • Chelsea Owens May 7, 2019 / 2:31 pm

      Well, we all have the perspective of our own minds.

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  2. Michael B. Fishman May 8, 2019 / 9:24 am

    Nice quote. It makes me think of people with an anxiety disorder for whom nothing comes easy and who fight every day of their lives.

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