The Watering Hole: April 23 – Inspiration

On April 23rd, 1910, Teddy Roosevelt delivered these core words during a speech in NYC:

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, he 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.

Few remember that speech or what was said at the time, but these words reflect on the dilemma that we face today. The speech is really moving when we consider the petty politics that are going on now, only 101 years later.

Remember: (A Man, A P)lan, A Canal—(Panama)? How will either Bush or Reagan be remembered for anything but massive deficits? Bill Clinton actually placed the country back on a solid economic footing. Now if only Barack Obama could grow a backbone…

For the entire speech go here (Scroll down for the complete text.).

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