Saturday, September 25, 2010

President Theodore Roosevelt Quote About Courage

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From Denny:  If there was ever one of our American Presidents who understood the road to courage it was Teddy Roosevelt.  He never cringed at a seemingly impossible challenge.  He met crisis bravely and with all the enthusiasm he could throw at it - and usually won.

Every day I read the economic news, story after story of Americans suffering terrible hardships. Millions have been out of work for as long as four years.  Still others have run through all their life savings and retirements still only to lose their homes to foreclosure. And if that is not bad enough there is the trauma of  losing their spouse to cancer, divorce or suicide.

If ever there was a time for courage it is now in this generation.  Life is throwing out all kinds of harsh challenges that require courage of commitment and courage of doing.  One thing is certain: this generation will never be labeled as the Timid Generation.

The people alive today are forced into making tough choices with long term ramifications.  On a positive note, when we experience defeat or victory it is then we have truly lived Life to its fullest, learning lessons learned no other way. It is in these uncertain times in which we have the capacity to grow without limits.  Take stock of how challenge has changed you.  Give gratitude for how that growth has strengthened you, giving you a firmer Life foundation that can never be undone.


It is not the critic who counts,
nor the man who points out how the 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 great enthusiasms, 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 timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.

- President Theodore Roosevelt

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