Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sent in By Trish from Texarkana. A Timely Remark For Finals Week.

I ran across a reference to this speech in an article for class on democracy, and found it timely for Finals Week. Perhaps others could find some cheer in these words.

"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. "

Teddy Roosevelt
"Citizenship In A Republic"


  1. I wish more of my students would spend themselves in a worthy cause. But too many come up short, not because they are crossing uncharted territory and will inevitably get lost before they find their way, but because they strive less than they should. They know not the triumph of high achievement, but at best relief at having failed to fail.

  2. Heck, I wish faculty would do this. As a (very) reluctant dept administrator, I'm pretty peeved at how easily colleagues carp but will not offer alternatives or to take over (I've offered!).

  3. Southern Bubba Ph.D. added most of this quote on AWC's last post: so apposite!