there is no effort without error or shortcoming,

Words To Live By: “…There Is No Effort Without Error Or Shortcoming…”

 The Man in the Arena

there is no effort without error or shortcoming,“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 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 up short 
again and again, 
because there is no effort 
without error or shortcoming, 
but who knows the great enthusiasms, 
the great devotions, 
who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, 
so that his place shall ever be 
with those cold and timid souls 
who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt, excerpt from “Citizenship in a Republic”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910


Theodore (T. R.) Roosevelt, Jr.
(October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919)

The 26th President of the United States (1901–1909)
Husband, Father, widower
Cowboy, rancher, naturalist, explorer, hunter, conservationist
Writer,  philosopher, historian, legislator
Police Commissioner, Secretary of the Navy,
Colonel of the Rough Riders, Governor of New York
Vice President of the United States
Awarded Nobel Peace Prize – 1906

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