Friday, August 22, 2008
President Theodore Roosevelt
This is a photograph of Theodore Roosevelt as a soldier. The picture was taken in 1898, at about the time of the Spanish American War. Looking at the picture, you can almost see that this man is going to do great things. I think he was one of our best presidents, and there was something in him for just about everyone to like. "Walk softly and carry a big stick" should keep the conservatives happy, and the fact that he was an environmentalist before anyone else really saw the importance of preservation of natural resources should be admired by liberals.
There is a great quote by Teddy Roosevelt which is a great encouragement:
"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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 knew neither victory nor defeat."
What wisdom these words carry. I notice that usually the people who criticize the most are those who never accomplished anything, and never really tried. I respect the people who step up to the plate and hit a home run. I respect the people who swing hard, and strike out. I don't respect the people who never quiet make it up to the plate.