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The Man in the Arena

September 23, 2010

I found this brilliant Teddy Roosevelt quote this morning.  I’ve heard it before, when John McCain used it in his Presidential run,  but had forgotten it.  I’ll think of it at the party conferences as I watch the men and women in our political 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 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 short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

– Teddy Roosevelt

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