Most of my good friends (and not-so-good friends) know that I am a die-hard fan of the Philadelphia Eagles so I was not interested in seeing the Arizona Cardinals win the Super Bowl. They destroyed my team’s hopes in the playoffs and, at the beginning of the big game, I wanted them to feel the pain of defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But after their valiant effort, I have nothing but respect for quarterback Kurt Warner and the rest of the Cards. I dedicate this epic quote to them, because losing really isn’t so bad when you have the heart of a champion.
“It Is Not The Critic That Counts”
By Theodore Roosevelt
“Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
“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.”