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- Quote by Theodore Roosevelt: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man wh...” — “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.”
- Invictus by William Ernest Henley | Poetry Foundation — It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.
- If— by Rudyard Kipling | Poetry Foundation — If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
- Sufjan Stevens – No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross — There’s blood on that blade Fuck me, I'm falling apart My assassin Like Casper the ghost There’s no shade in the shadow of the cross
- Joe Esposito – You're the Best — Try to be best 'cause you're only a man And a man's gotta learn to take it Try to believe though the going gets rough That you gonna hang tough to make it
- Everything Sad Will Come Untrue — “Is everything sad going to come untrue?” —Sam Gamgee to Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings (chapter 4, Book Six) “[Some mortals] say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.” —C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, chapter 9.