Man In the Arena

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) was the 26th president of the United States of America. He served from 1901 to 1909.

This quote is from a speech he gave in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910

“The 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,

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.