Ignore the Critics (Teddy Roosevelt)

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 will never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Teddy Roosevelt

from http://www.goodreads.com

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  1. This blog and its contents are meant to encourage younger believers in following the path for which God created them. Quotations like the above are things I find inspirational–not things I’m saying about myself or those who criticize me. But every believer will find on the mission field, in the pulpit, and in a secular vocation that forward momentum causes friction. If the friction (criticism) comes from those who truly love you, the writer of Proverbs says those wounds are faithful and to be taken to heart. But when you find criticism coming from those who simply oppose what you are and what you live for, focus again on God’s calling for you…and plunge ahead in God’s company and with His approval.

  2. Hi Frank.

    If I gave the impression that I was talking about myself or my personal critics, I apologize. It’s merely an inspirational quotation that I learned as a freshman in college and wanted to share. God knows I’m flawed and open to learning–and even that I pray almost daily for some of my most personal critics, asking the Lord to teach me through them what He wants me to learn. Once I have more quotations on the site, the intent behind them should be clearer. Sorry if this one came across as a personal attack on critics.

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