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Monday, October 12, 2009

To the critics of the world....

In this time of criticism of public persona (whether it be teachers, principals, or the like), here's a quote worth thinking about, from Theodore Roosevelt, "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."

1 comment:

Pixie said...

Thanks for that Peggy. I get really tired of all the political rumbling (we can here it all the way over here in England!). I think of the grumblers as Monday morning quarterbacks...always thinking they 'coulda done better' and not really understanding that change and progress take time.

Hope