Teddy Roosevelt still inspires

If you're ever feeling down, you should read some of the speeches and phrases of Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States and one of the most energetic figures in history.

Here's a quotation I ran across the other day, courtesy of my friends at 602 Communications. It's from a speech he gave in Paris in 1910 at the Sorbonne University. I find it stirring and inspirational. I hope you do, too:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows 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 know neither victory nor defeat."

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