The Man In The Arena

The Man In The Arena is an excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt’s now famous speech ‘Citizenship In A Republic‘ delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.

It is one of my favourite quotes as it acts to both strengthen resolve in adversity and celebrate success in victory:

“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

It is almost impossible not to be stirred by such powerful words. So, who will you be today? The critic – or the Man In The Arena?

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Michael Field, Managing Director for Michael Field Pty Ltd.

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