NaBloPoMo #5: The Man in the Arena

I ran across the quote below again today and though it would be perfect for NaBloPoMo. President Theodore Roosevelt delivered a speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic” at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, on April 23, 1910. Most people remember it as the “The Man in the Arena” speech, however, because of its most famous passage.

T.R. reminds us that the men (and now, women) who deserve our praise are not those who sit idly by and criticize others, but those who are doing big things and who, even if they fail, are “striving valiantly.” I recommend reading Roosevelt’s entire speech here.

“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.”

Powerful stuff, indeed! Roosevelt’s words are timeless and everyone can benefit from them. If you keep this quotation handy and refer to it often, you will become a better person.


About Dale

USAF retired. Rotarian. @AZCardinals fan. Scotch whisky lover. Vinyl spinner. Nikon shooter. Fountain pen geek.
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