"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."
Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President, 1910
Cowboy Courage: "Courage is being
scared to death, and saddling up anyway."
When asked, how does the older teacher keep
up with the younger students, the master replied, "One
may know how to conquer without being required to do it."
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one
who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. Hence his victories bring
him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage.