THE MAN IN THE ARENA
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
Delivered by Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April 1910
(Gender updated by Kris Olson)
It is not the critic who counts; not
the man one who points out how the strong man person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man one 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 spend him themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he they fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.