“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.”
Have you ever gotten the chills after watching a part of a movie or hearing a story? Well, I got the chills when I heard this quote recently. I find it truly amazing how such a quote can elaborately summarize so many of the thoughts I’ve had, which some of them I’ve shared on this blog. Rather than re-sharing those thoughts, I just hope you can connect with the truth and the intent behind such powerful quote by Teddy Roosevelt, as I have.