Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Quote from T. Roosevelt

Our pastor had a great sermon Sunday--just a great service overall. He had this quote by Theodore Roosevelt in the bulletin:

"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 never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

The words really spoke to me then . . . maybe they will mean something to you.

2 comments:

scivley said...

Cool story with this quote… When I expressed concern about coming back to UAB at the beginning of this summer to my neighbor he recited that quote to me. He said when he was a little jar head in basic, this was printed on the wall along side his bunk. He told me how he used to stare at it every day until it started to sink in and eventually it helped him get through basic. Later, it helped him get through school as well and he is now a nurse anesthetist. He printed out a copy of this quote for me, which I immediately taped to a framed photo I have of an autumn road that reminds me of “The Road Less Traveled.” This hangs over the desk where I study.

Marybeth Verchot said...

Mr. Lanter has this on the board next to his office.