“The Man In The Arena”, by Theodore Roosevelt

I was talking with a friend the other day about the rigors of politics and government , and the below quote came to mind. The political process is very brutal and those who seek public office sacrifice so much! I know, because I’ve been there and I’ve seen what the battlefield in politics looks like. It is not easy and sometimes it can be very thanks-less. However, I can tell you that I find so many rewards by being involved in our political process. The ability to make a difference in someones life is why I stay so steadfast in my commitment to activism. We must remember that a silent voice is not a voice at all–saying something is better than saying nothing.

“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.” Theodore Roosevelt Speech at the Sorbonne Paris, France April 23, 1910

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 Politics

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