Thursday, April 7, 2011

Competitors Creed by Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts,
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled
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 up short again and again;

who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows
in the end the triumph of high achievements;

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 know neither defeat nor victory

~April 10, 1899

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