It is Not the Critic who Counts

Theodore Roosevelt

“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

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  • Rod Haigler February 17, 2017, 2:40 AM

    Waitsel- So enjoy your site and blog. Once we had a men’s group that met for 2-3 hrs. each week. We had 12 committed men that bonded together for years. A very powerful thing. We prayed together, laughed, cried, shared life, healed together. More so we were not afraid to show our vulnerability.
    I was blessed to have a father that lived to be 92 yrs. old. Loved God, WWII veteran. Member of the Mighty Eight. One out of 3 were killed. He wrote the program for NASA that put Neil Armstrong on the moon in the Apollo Space Mission. He never said anything bad about another person. What an example of real manhood and courage. Just like Jesus he served the Lord, his family, and his country. He had his priorities in order.


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