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. (1910)
“…the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done.” (1891)
“Criticism is necessary and useful; it is often indispensable; but it can never take the place of action, or be even a poor substitute for it. The function of the mere critic is of very subordinate usefulness. It is the doer of deeds who actually counts in the battle for life, and not the man who looks on and says how the fight ought to be fought, without himself sharing the stress and the danger.” (1894)
Who is the critic you need to overcome to find your balance, victory or happiness?
That is the truth! Will be pulling for Hunter and his team!!!!!!
Lisa @ Cow Spots and Tales says
Great quote & thoughts. I think many of us are our own toughest critic, so I’m working on that too… Even though I don’t have kids to balance with work, farm, and personal yet! Loved hearing you speak in Rochester this weekend. Good luck with the blog redesign.
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Darcie (My Modern Country) says
Well said! I am certainly my own worst critic…in life…in work…in motherhood. I have a 23 yr. old daughter, and a 17 yr. old step-son. My greatest satisfaction has been watching them grow and learn, in their own ways. And, to know that the foundation and values we have set as a family, is evident in the way they are making choices for their own lives…is my own personal victory! Good luck to your son and his team!!
Roxane B. Salonen says
Love this! “The credit belongs to the man…who spends himself in a worthy cause.” Fabulous! So glad to have been introduced to more great and inspiring quotes. 🙂 Wishing you victory in all things, Katie!