“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 and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” —Theodore Roosevelt

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  1. When I was a young lad and worked at a John Dealer, I was the set up guy. I put every machine together. The family owned business had a schoolmate of mine maintain acres and acres of property. His boss was the patriarch of the family and made him memorize the Man in the Arena from the speech at the Sorbonne. He taught it and we each can recite it some 35+ years later. They are words to live by. Sometimes we need a little reminder, but those words ring true.

    John Spaulding, Rochester NY 32+ years as volunteer FF and career paramedic.

    Jamie Chalmers North Chili, NY, owner of the Glue Factory gift shop.


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