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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Something to Think About

Somedays it seems hard to come up with something interesting to post about. I was thinking about this yesterday when I was researching what I would do for my next post. While doing this, I found a quote that I thought so inspiring that I had to post it for all of you. Coincidently, it coincides with a book I recently purchased that I haven't started reading yet about a young Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt.

Teddy Roosevelt was America's first Nobel Prize winner, Commander of the legendary "Rough Riders". He was also a Leader of the Progressive Movement, noted for his exuberant personality and ranked by scholars as one of our greatest presidents. This quote was from a famous speech given in 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris and I hope it inspires all of you as it did me.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles...The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who is at his 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."

I think it is progressive thinkers, the ones who are unafraid to push forward with fresh, new perspectives and ideas that encourage us to follow our dreams whatever they may be. What do you think?


  1. i think this quote is simply true. there `re people who strangle, work hard, dream and fail. and there people who just sit and judge the way others live their lifes. there `re polititians who deside and simple everyday people who has to find the best way to manage. there `re generals who give orders and there`re is a monument ( in Athens ) for the unknown soldier. the one who fell and nobody remembers their name...
    maybe i took it too far out from its propotions but thats what it made me think...

  2. Failing is not the worst thing, never trying is. Those who are not afraid to get in the arena inspire me.

  3. what a very fine quote..yes, it is hard to push ourselves to take a step forward knowing that the path is not well lit..but we stumble sometimes and have to push harder..and it's hardest if we stumbled and fallen to get back up, knowing others are seeing us fall and fall again..but push on we must...
    thanks for the inspiration today..


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