(2003 to 2005)

The Man in the Arena

Thu Jul 22 21:37:00 UTC+1000 2004


It is not the critic who counts,

not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled,

or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit goes 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,

who knows the great enthusiasms,

the great devotion,

and spends themselves in a worthy cause;

who best knows at the end

the triumph of high achievement,

and who at the worst,

if they fail,

at least fails by daring greatly;

so that his place shall never be with those timid souls

who know neither victory or defeat.

-- Theodore Roosevelt

Copyright © 2003-2005 John Elliot