The Man in the Arena; by Theodore Roosevelt... one of my Heroes!


Man in the Arena

"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 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, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910


"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." (1891)


"Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger." (1894)


Quotes from Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United Sates of America, and combat leader of the 1st Volunteer Cavalry {The Rough Riders}, Hero, father and husband. A naturalist, conservationist, a man among men and a Great American. He’s someone worth reading about.

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Comment by La Fanciulla del West on December 22, 2008 at 8:08am
Have you ever been to the north rim of the Grand Canyon? It's almost dedicated to the guy, even with a bar named in honor of him. The north rim is where I had my first view of this magnificent wonder of the world, The Grand Canyon. It's something I'll never, ever forget.
Comment by James of al-Barran on December 22, 2008 at 3:36pm
I didn't know that... thanks for the tip and now I must plan a trip to see it.

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