The Critic Does NOT Count: Remember That

“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.”  ♥ Teddy Roosevelt.

Remain Steadfast; do not waver. You can prevail~ whether or not you succeed at what you are trying do, remember that prevailing means you keep on pushing and trying. That is all we can do ~ our best.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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20 Responses to The Critic Does NOT Count: Remember That

  1. “That is all we can do ~ our best.” Thanks, Kate!
    Blessings, Ellen

  2. Oh, I have always loved this quote. Critics are often just so much hot air. We need those who aren’t afraid to GET hot, to sweat, to work. The goal is a good thing. The accomplishment, though, is everything. No matter the aim, we should not listen to those who would criticize a ten-yard gain. Sure there’s another 90 to go, but progress is progress!
    Thanks for this. You help so much! And T. Roosevelt was home schooled! 😉

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Did not know that about T.R.~but I am surely not surprised!! That is right—each gain no matter how small moves us along. It is important to take note of our progress so that we are truly aware that we have done honor to God with our striving and gains. Even the occasional yardage loss will serve a purpose if we do not give up. thanks, dear twin!

      • I think we can see this better in the context of football because we are rooting for our home team, watching their every attempt with great longing, understanding their conflict, and sympathizing with their foibles. We should be so connected to anyone, or at least realizing it is little different for anyone. We have brains. It’s not that hard to make the connection between my goofups and yours.
        I think the one who refuses to grasp someone else’s agony of defeat probably thinks he cannot make mistakes. So he sets himself up for a painful learning experience.
        Because anyone can make a mistake or stumble on their way to a grand goal.

        • Kate Kresse says:

          oh i think you hit the nail on the head there!! Exactly right, he clings to the concept that he cannot make mistakes over and over again, and thus believes it is a huge tragedy when he does make a mistake. Jesus demonstrated steadfastness on His walk to Calvary, when He fell under the weight of the cross yet struggled back to His feet. So too must we steady ourselves and walk on.

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Great word, Kate–GO! God bless you today–love, sis Caddo

  4. Gilly Gee says:

    I always try to do my best but just occasionally it gets hard when no matter how much I try it makes no difference.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      oh boy do I know what you mean there, Gilly. I am guessing that even though it doesn’t seem like it, or no one seems to notice, or nothing seems to change, that it IS making a difference. You surely make a difference to me with your writing, outreaching, and kindnesses.

  5. What a wonderful quote! I suspect you are someone committed to doing your best most of the time! One day at a time with that one, too! 🙂 Debra

    • Kate Kresse says:

      You are right, of course Debra. I am committed to doing my best despite an occasional backslide of laziness or phoning it in, as the expression goes. Those are the days that I apparently just need a wee bit of respite and restoration. Even Lance Armstrong stops for a water break every now and then, right? thanks for the kind words Debra~

  6. eof737 says:

    The critic does not count and we do need to keep our eye on our goals and be compassionate with ourselves… TY!

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