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writers hate criticism

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm

…but we rarely get better without it–as long as it’s constructive. There’s an interesting email exchange between a tech columnist and Steve Jobs over at Gawker.com about the iPad and freedom from porn(!) but what caught my attention was this quote, from the comments:

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.
-Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.

Wonder how many critics Roosevelt had to help him write that?

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