I live my entire life based on 1 quote and the lesson it teaches.

Posted by admin on July 17, 2020

“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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

There’s a good chance you’ve already run across this quote from a 1910 speech by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Depending on your age, you might have been exposed to it when Richard Nixon recited it during his inauguration, or when pop singer Miley Cyrus tattooed its final words on her left arm. Or perhaps you heard about it through famed author and social scientist Brené Brown, who titled one of her books, Daring Greatly, after that segment of the quote.

Personally, it’s something I’ve carried in my mind for as long as I can remember. I love it not because of how well it’s worded, or how it embodies various ideals of democracy and virtue. No, I love it but because along with those things, it emphasizes action – brave action.

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