A few climbers headed out to the boulder fields.

A few climbers headed out to the boulder fields.










The following quote was featured in my latest Urban Climber Magazine (Issue #29, May 2009) in the finish hold section that usually gives you something compelling to ponder on your own time. The quote was submitted by Matt Mitchell with a short entry rationale.  I have to say that the values expressed in the quote is something I can totally relate to.  I think most creative types can relate directly as well.  I wish our current political figures spoke like this…

In Teddy’s Words submitted by Matt Mitchell

As an ex-competitive fighter, a new climber, and a CrossFitter, I hold on to the following words as a mantra for why  I do what I do – because when it comes down to it, it’s all about the effort. I can’t claim these words to be mine – Theodore Roosevelt said this:

“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 and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows the 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 know neither victory nor defeat.”

– From an address delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

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  1. deepfriedcreative Says:

    Cool quote. I think Teddy Roosevelt was one of the best spoken politicians of all time.

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