Be the Man

Teddy Roosevelt was America… no one better defined what it meant to be an American.   Roosevelt brought Parisians to their feet on April 23, 1910 clearly stating what it took to be a republican (not a member of the party.)  His words have lived on influencing everyone from Richard Nixon to Nelson Mandela.

“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.”

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9 responses to “Be the Man

  1. NEO

    Reblogged this on nebraskaenergyobserver and commented:
    Want to rebuild America? TR told us how.

  2. Reblogged this on Shootin' the Breeze and commented:
    President Theodore Roosevelt had many gifts, including the gift of enthusiasm. I admire him greatly.

  3. Indeed… Teddy influenced Nixon, Mandela and many others. But not in the way the Founders would have Preferred. Nixon was a very Liberal Republican and Mandela was a True Believer in Socialism.

    I know what we have been taught… I was in those classes. Unfortunately, aside from numerous fantastic quotes, Roosevelt’s policies were nothing less than Socialist in nature. Be careful paying too much attention to the Party and a little more to the Ideology.

    But he truly did have Enthusiasm and a Way with Words… but so did a number of World Leaders between 1900 and 1940… they just varied greatly, and sometimes horribly, regarding what they were Enthusiastic about.

  4. yubahome

    Reblogged, thanks.

  5. Reblogged this on Books at Middlemay Farm and commented:
    Misguided and dangerous in many ways, yet something so damned lovable about him–like a teddy bear 🙂

  6. mcwatty9

    Awesome quote.

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