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lapucelle

(18,180 posts)
Fri Feb 21, 2020, 11:02 PM Feb 2020

To the Women in the Arena: Thank You for Your Service

Adapted from an excerpt of the speech "Citizenship in a Republic", given by Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, 23 April 1910.


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong woman stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the woman 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 herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.



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To the Women in the Arena: Thank You for Your Service (Original Post) lapucelle Feb 2020 OP
Thank you for this. sheshe2 Feb 2020 #1
Here's some background on that short excerpt from a long speech. lapucelle Feb 2020 #3
+10,000!!!! George II Feb 2020 #2
I'm glad I didn't miss it. I wanted something unifying for 10,000. lapucelle Feb 2020 #4
Right on! Kath2 Feb 2020 #5
This puts all the sneering naysayers in perspective for me. lapucelle Feb 2020 #12
Same here. Kath2 Feb 2020 #13
She would have won the electoral college--handily--had it not been for James Comey. (eom) StevieM Feb 2020 #14
I've posted this before on HRC's birthday. lapucelle Feb 2020 #19
Congrats On 10,000 Me. Feb 2020 #6
... lapucelle Feb 2020 #8
Mahalo for this, lapucelle! Cha Feb 2020 #7
Mahalo, my friend. lapucelle Feb 2020 #9
Congratulations on your Cha Feb 2020 #10
I hope you're looking over your shoulder, Cha! lapucelle Feb 2020 #11
Let me also congratulate you on 10,000 posts. (eom) StevieM Feb 2020 #15
Thank you, StevieM! lapucelle Feb 2020 #20
10K sheshe2 Feb 2020 #16
K&R! TexasTowelie Feb 2020 #17
And thank you for those debate threads! lapucelle Feb 2020 #21
Thank you, lapucelle. brer cat Feb 2020 #18
That sig line photo... lapucelle Feb 2020 #22

sheshe2

(83,591 posts)
1. Thank you for this.
Fri Feb 21, 2020, 11:17 PM
Feb 2020
The credit belongs to the woman 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;


Most recently? That would be Hill. Nancy. Elizabeth. Amy and Kamala. So many more.

Lapucelle, please post a link. I would like to read more.

Beautiful and inspiring.

Kath2

(3,074 posts)
5. Right on!
Fri Feb 21, 2020, 11:50 PM
Feb 2020

I think that would apply well to Hillary Clinton. One of the most qualified and intelligent candidates ever and also a popular vote winner by over 3 million votes. Very inspiring. Thank you!

lapucelle

(18,180 posts)
19. I've posted this before on HRC's birthday.
Sat Feb 22, 2020, 09:27 AM
Feb 2020

Now seeing how EWarren, Kamala, and Amy were all at some point targeted by the toxic twitter swarm and the doofus in the WH, I think it's important to stand with our sisters and our allies.

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