An Inspiring Speech
by Teddy Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts,
or how the strongman stumbled and fell,
or where the doer of deeds
could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man
who is actually in the arena,
who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotion,
and who spends himself
in a worthy cause.

If he fails,
at least he fails while daring greatly,
so that he may never be
one of those cold and timid souls,
who know neither victory nor defeat.

  - Theodore Roosevelt

'It is not the critic who counts' is a famous speech by Teddy Roosevelt.
The words of this great exhortation have gone around the world.
They were inscribed on the headstone of the legendary prospector
Harold Lassiter, Alice Springs Cemetery, Central Australia.
For a fuller version of the speech and a good TR site click here.