DEAR ABBY: I have carried a quote from Teddy Roosevelt in my wallet for a number of years. The words seem as appropriate today as they were when he spoke them. I have enclosed a copy for you. Please print it for the benefit of the younger generation who may not have read it. -- JACK TAYLOR, N. HIGHLANDS, CALIF.
DEAR JACK: That quotation, part of a speech delivered by President Roosevelt at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910, has appeared in my column before, but I'm pleased to share it again. Although seniors may already be familiar with it, youthful readers may find it inspirational. Read on:
"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, and 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 the 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 worse, 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."