The Man In The Arena

This is an excerpt of Theodore Rooseveldt’s speech ‘Citizenship in a Republic’, but more commonly known as ‘The Man In The Arena’, deliver on April 23, 1910.


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.


Moral of the story: Don’t be a Little Bitch. Get in the arena. Step up to the plate and take a swing.



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