It Is Not The Critic

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It is Not the Critic

It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong
man stumbled, 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; who knows great enthusiasms, 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 timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

“Citizenship in a Republic”

Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris

April 23, 1910