The Man in the Arena is de titel van een speech gehouden door de president van de Verenigde Staten van Amerika, Theodore Roosevelt, aan de Sorbonne in Parijs, op 23 April, 1910.
Deze speech is boeiend door de volgende passage:
“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.”
Hamilton Wright Mabie, American writer, 1845-1916
“Don’t be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind.”
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”