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THEODORE ROOSEVELT

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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., also known as T.R., and to the public (but never to friends and intimates) as Teddy, was the twenty-sixth President of the United States, and a leader of the Republican Party and of the Progressive Movement. He became the youngest President in United States history at the age of 42. Roosevelt is most famous for his personality: his energy, and his vast range of interests and achievements. His last name, often mispronounced, per Roosevelt, is correctly pronounced "Rosavelt".

 

The Man in the Arena

El Hombre en la Arena

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.

No es el crítico quien cuenta,
ni el que señala con el dedo
al hombre fuerte cuando tropieza
o el que indica en qué cuestiones
quien hace las cosas podría haberlas hecho mejor.
El mérito recae exclusivamente
en el hombre que se halla en la arena,
aquel cuyo rostro está manchado
de polvo, sudor y sangre,
el que lucha con valentía,
el que se equivoca
y falla el golpe una y otra vez,
porque no hay esfuerzo
sin error y sin limitaciones.
El que cuenta es el que de hecho lucha
por llevar a cabo las acciones,
el que conoce los grandes entusiasmos,
las grandes devociones,
el que agota sus fuerzas
en defensa de una causa noble,
el que, si tiene suerte,
saborea el triunfo de los grandes logros
y si no la tiene y falla,
fracasa al menos atreviéndose al mayor riesgo,
de modo que nunca ocupará el lugar reservado
a esas almas frías y tímidas
que ignoran tanto la victoria como la derrota.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

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