Inspirational note from Teddy Roosevelt

13 Oct

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.

(From his speech “The Man in the Arena” April 23, 1910 Sorbonne in Paris, France)


Posted by on October 13, 2007 in From AM-KICKING blog


4 responses to “Inspirational note from Teddy Roosevelt

  1. bumblebee

    October 15, 2007 at 3:01 am

    Very inspiring!

  2. Saumya

    October 15, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Very true … Yet, the fear of failure irks in everyone, probably spurring us on to give our very best.

  3. Mindframes

    October 15, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    @saumya: fear of failure irukkudhungradhu dhaane “irks” nu short form la solre…:)

  4. BrainWaves

    October 15, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    Nayna..Namba teddy bear yenna solla vararunna..

    It is better to try hard to win and fail rather than not try at all.

    Ethukku yennathukku ithana Peter utaru…
    Romba kashtama keethule padikarathukku.. 🙂


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