An Encouraging Message for Artists

Hey. One of my favourite quotes is an excerpt from a famous speech by Theodore Roosevelt called “The Man in the Arena.” I thought it was relevant to V2 since it’s about ignoring nay-sayers and overcoming the fear of failure. Here:

“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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt, 1910, The Man in the Arena.


This is a really powerful part. Nothing is perfect, we shouldn’t strive for perfection but simply for happiness!!!

Thank you for the amazing quote!


This is why Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite President. The Progressive (Bull Moose) party should be resurrected.


You’re welcome. :grinning: The verse Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Is another one of my faves. :blush:

This was really great :slight_smile:

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Teddy Roosevelt was a great guy

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