It is Not the Critic Who Counts…

When I was a senior in high school my dad gave me a framed quote by Theodore Roosevelt and I still keep it in my office. It has taken on more and more meaning through the years. In light of some of the recent criticism of Invisible Children, it came to mind. It reads…

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how a strong man stumbled 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 and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and 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 know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

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