Don’t be afraid to fail

The phrase which is often thought to be coined by Rudyard Kipling is, in fact, one of a certain Mr Theodore Roosevelt, made during his speech ‘Citizenship in a Republic’.

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In a collected book of quotes that I left on a London bus one day (I know), this was the one that took up the most pages, and made the most sense.

It sums up how perfection just ain’t everythin’, sweetie:

“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 . . .”

I think it helps to have these kinds of word dotted around the place. I think it was Franklin who said you’re supposed to not just feed, but nourish your brain.

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