Teddy Roosevelt Explains the Lure of Improv



The most interesting American who ever lived, Theodore Roosevelt, went on a tour of Europe following his two terms as president. When he got to Paris, he gave a speech to thousands of people gathered at the Sorbonne. In it, he unintentionally explains why you should sign up for improv classes immediately:

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.

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