“It is not the critic who counts…” Theodore Roosevelt #quote
April 23rd, 2013 at 8:56pm by @JosephRanseth | No Comments »
On this day, in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States of America, gave a compelling speech in Paris, France.
His words serve as powerful motivation for anyone who dares something great, but meets with temporary defeat:
“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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
If you’ve found your mission, your purpose, your dream… keep fighting to make it a reality. There may be critics, but they’re just there to test your determination.