Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Theodore Roosevelt - The Man in the Arena

From "The Man In The Arena" Speech at the Sorbonne Paris, France 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."

Seemed appropriate after giving my all out on the trail and came up short. Still, it always feels right to step into the arena. I wouldn't have it any other way.


kelly said...

Hey Jeffery,
Great speech! It was great seeing you out on the trail. I'm sorry about your DNF, but you ran a tough race and unfortunately sometimes things happen beyond our control. Rest up and I will see you out on the trails.

Anonymous said...

Great quote.