Follow the ones who do, who move, who try, who push. The ones who get dirty ( and send their cloths to the cleaners).
Armchair activists and ideologues have a role, but I am a little skeptical, often even a bit tired of them, although I does not stop me admiring the good ideas and insights. They pontificate from the high but they don’t know the price of slice bread or a bottle of milk ( a tried test for politicians)
I really love this piece from Teddy Roosevelt’s 1910 “Man in the Arena Speech”. And can’t see how any extra words from me could add anything to today’s Daily Thoughts.
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.
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