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The Man In The Arena - Theodore Roosevelt

Posted by William Young | Jul 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Today I thought I would share one of my favorite quotes. I have it framed and hanging on the wall in my office to remind me how easy it is to criticize and critique others; it is far more difficult to actually be the person in the arena.

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

On a related note, I really enjoy the term Kibitzer - a Yiddish term for a spectator, usually one who offers (often unwanted) advice or commentary - So...maybe I have taught some of you a new word to add to your vocabulary!

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William Young

Idaho Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation Attorney. Although I do a little bit of everything in my practice, I focus primarily on Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. I am licensed to practice, and have a record of success, in both state and federal court.

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