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 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 no effort without error and shortcomings,
who knows the great devotion,
who spends himself in a worthy cause,
who, at best, knows in the end
the high achievement of triumph and
who, at worst, if he fails while daring greatly,
knows his place shall never be
with those timid and cold souls
who know neither victory or defeat.”
- Theodore Roosevelt