Roosevelt Quotes

Man in the Arena
“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.”
“Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

“…the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.”
(1891)

“Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger.”
(1894)

“Men with the muckrake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.”
“An epidemic in indiscriminate assault upon character does not good, but very great harm.”
“There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil practice, whether in politics, in business, or in social life. I hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform, or in book, magazine or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack, provided always that he in his turn remembers that the attack is of use only if it is absolutely truthful.”

Washington, DC, April 14, 1906

Eighth Ride on Dodger

First ride to a large body of water, the Snoqualmie River at Fall City.

This has been filtered and color corrected a bit.

I am REALLY enjoying the process of “making” a pony for my son. I just should have started it sooner so he could be riding with me already! What the hell was I waiting for?

Meeting PW

It was only for a few minutes, but I got to chat with her and have her sign my copy of her book. She is just as graceful and gracious in person as she comes across in her blog writing and in her cookbook.