Apr-23: Shakespeare 400th and Daring Greatly

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, an event being commemorated worldwide.  It is also the anniversary of a famous speech by Teddy Roosevelt  on the “Man in the Arena” that is frequently invoked even today.

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William Shakespeare died on this day 400 years ago.  It was also his 52nd birthday.  The Bard of Avon wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and other verses that have been translated into every major living language.  See his life in one-minute.

 

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Former President Teddy Roosevelt gives his famous “Citizenship in a Republic” speech at the Sorbonne in Paris.  The speech is remembered for “The Man in the Arena” 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.

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