Theodore Roosevelt | Inaugural Speech

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Theodore Roosevelt by John Singer Sargent, 1903
Theodore Roosevelt by John Singer Sargent, 1903

For those who won’t stand on the curb of life,
nor watch the parade pass by,
who instead, chose to join the muse,
and brashly walk the line!
“It’s not the critic who counts;
nor 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 dirt 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 in the end the triumph of high achievement;
who at 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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~ Theodore Roosevelt

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