Inspiration for Writers Spending Themselves in a Worthy Cause

After reading Jill London’s post about some of her favourite quotes, I decided to share one that I love by Theodore Roosevelt.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how theodore-roosevelt_114086tthe 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.”

Does that get your heart pumping? Does mine. Now go spend yourself in a worthy cause!


13 thoughts on “Inspiration for Writers Spending Themselves in a Worthy Cause”

  1. Nice quote, Melissa. If they haven’t used this as the rallying speech in some epic movie they surely will.
    And thanks for mentioning me, btw – it made me 🙂

    1. I’ve been on Pinterest for a while. It’s addicting. Just browse the pins of those you follow or search by category. When you see something you like, pin it to your own board. You’ll pick it up pretty quickly. I saw advice on making a board for your book(s) that I recently implemented. Just pin images that remind you of your book. You can keep it hidden while pinning images (people who resemble your characters, settings, etc.). When you are ready to make it public, direct your readers to it and they will get a visual of your book!

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