The Strenous Life

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2005 by Cody McComas

“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 and comes up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who knows neither victory or defeat.”

— Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President

We must jump into life. Head first. Get into it up to our elbows. Devour it. Life is a feast, and we must eat it with a BIG spoon. Who knows if we are going to succeed?! But just like many great men before us whose reward, “was in the effort” we too must must dive in, and find some of our reward in the effort.


2 Responses to “The Strenous Life”

  1. Another quote that goes along with this is one I heard recently. “Even falling down, face first, is forward motion.” -don’t know the first quoter of that one.

    You have some good stuff on here Cody! -Kendra

  2. A wonderful speech/book from our GREATEST president. I use this quote and other portions of the speech/book in my classroom and as a coach. My brother is a Marine Corp CO (LAR 2nd BL Delta Company) and stationed in Iraq as I speak. He is the CO of 120 men and we just shipped off 120 copies of this book so he could give to his Marines for a Christmas present!

    “Stay In the Arena”

    Phil Quinlan
    Scottville, Michigan

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