Sunday, March 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

"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, and 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 the 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 know neither victory nor defeat. Shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits refinement to develop into a fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world. Among the free peoples who govern themselves there is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride or slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not what they actually are." ~Teddy Roosevelt, 1910

This has close to the same meaning as yesterday's quote, but it goes a little farther. I came up with the idea from a Tweet about a blog post called, "Build Something or STFU". Sure, the name could be consider a bit harsh, but sometimes you just have to say it like it is. Those of you who really know me, know that I don't mess around. You rarely, if ever, have to guess how I feel about something, and that's what this guy is doing. Sometimes, you just get fed up with people complaining... (see previous "Quote of the Day").

It doesn't hurt that I'm a big fan of 'ol Teddy's words, too. I have many a Word document saved with his quotes in them. If you're interested, there are several sites out there with them. One that breaks them down by "subject" can be found here. Happy Reading!!!

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