Tuesday, May 09, 2006

It is not the critic who counts...

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 errs and comes short again and again...
Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the least 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 neve be
with those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat

- Theodore Roosevelt -


Blogger Turtle Guy said...

cold and timid souls... you touched a nerve here, my friend... i've been that cold and timid soul!

Of course, that could just be my perception... there are those who say I'm very brave for taking on the challenges I do.

1:43 am, May 10, 2006  
Blogger smiley said...

Well turtle guy, I don't think owning and running your own business could classify you into the 'cold and timid soul' category.

The author is talking about those who do nothing but criticize others, not the ones who work hard.

5:11 am, May 10, 2006  
Blogger Turtle Guy said...

My thought process as I read this piece had me thinking of the times I've opted not to take the risk - mostly out of fear - fear of failure or even fear of success. ...just so you know where I was coming from here...

3:36 pm, May 10, 2006  

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