Who Will Stay on the Sideline and be an Armchair Critic in 2017?

President Teddy Roosevelt criticized the man who would be only a critic. He praised the man who got dusty, sweaty and bloody with his effort. Which are you?

Thoughts while beginning the new year…I have to ask myself, who will stay on the sideline and simply criticize? Perhaps we all need to consider something another President said a long time ago.

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

Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”
delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

I ask again, who will stay on the sidelines and be a critic in 2017? And who will have the courage to get into the ring?


Editor’s Note: From Solomon’s Proverbs to Pascal’s Pensées, the short, pithy observation has been a valuable form of commentary on culture and the human condition. This article is taken from Thomas Loarie’s Thoughts While…series.

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