May
18

It is not the critic that counts

It is not the critic that counts.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marked by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasm and great devotions, and 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.
                                                                                                                                          
                                                            
                                                                                                                   ~Teddy Roosevelt

  • Todd Mussman

    How true this is. It’s easy to watch from a distance and criticize those who have the stomach to try something daring or unique; and then condemn them if they fail. To have the strength to persevere in the face of adversity is a triumph in itself, regardless of success or failure.

  • Barry – If the artist is not in trouble with the King, he is not doing his job.

    If only you were right and “live and let live” were possible. Tell that to the people in Libya, the Congo, Wisconsin. As artists we have to do battle on behalf of the truth, every single day.

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