Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Man in arena and the critic

I came across a few very forceful and deliberate words expressed therein a piece of article.

They are from a speech made by the 26th President of the United states of America, Theodore Roosevelt in 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris -

‘It is not the critic who counts ;
not the man who points out
how the strong man 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 best knows in the end
the triumph of high achievement,

and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring

so that his place
shall never be with
those cold and timid souls
who neither know victory or defeat.’

Simply marvelous. One does not need to elaborate any further.

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