It is not the critic who counts..

It is not the critic who counts;
nor the man who points out how
the strong man stumbles 

or where the doer of deeds 

could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man 

who is actually in the arena;
whose face is marred by dust
and sweat and blood; 

who know great enthusiasm,
great devotion and the triumph
of achievement. 

And who, at the worst, if he fails
at least fails while daring greatly - 

so that his place shall never be
with those odd and timid souls 

who know neither victory nor defeat. 

You’ve never lived until you’ve almost died. 

For those who have had to fight for it, 

life truly has a flavour.
The protected shall never know.