Friday, December 05, 2008

Magpie Friday

It's Friday and I have my curator's hat on (really, it is a tricorne with a rosette and a clump of feathers from an extinct bird - once favoured by hat makers for its colour, pomp and good-natured ease of capture). So, rather than engage you with thoughts of an original nature, here's a great quote from Teddy Roosevelt to stir your juices with commas and semi-colons, found while loitering about on Kevin Roberts' blog (though I have heard it before - not realising that it was the American Rudyard Kipling's work):

“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 up short again and again because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

The quote resonates with me because I had a crack at a great accompt recently but crashed and burned dismally. Still…, fall down six times, stand up seven - and at least I have my hat.

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