I’d like to thank akkoanime for challenging me to this contest. Be sure to look at her blog, especially to see the quote she chose for day three. It’s perhaps the wisest utterance ever made in Avatar, and delivered by its best character. Anyway, here are the rules:
- Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
- Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Quote for the First Day
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 is often moving and inspiring, but the above quote is one of those moments where he hits the sublime. That the last clause appears to refer to the evil angels who refused to take sides in Dante’s Inferno makes it even better.
My three nominees are as follows:
I hope those gentlemen will be able to participate at some point, because I’m sure that they have some interesting quotes they can mention.