Words to Live By #4 The Man in the Arena

Kelly's Quest

From a speech given in Paris in 1910, ‘The Man in the Arena’ shows that it’s not the judger or criticizer that counts, rather the one out there trying, even if they’re failing. The one fighting the good fight, not the one standing on the sidelines criticizing.

“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…

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