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                                          THE MAN IN THE ARENA
                                          Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic"
                                          delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
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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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If you are new to the term, it simply means to be powerful and persuasive to the listener, argue and make your points in a striking way as to win their favour. Your goal is to capture their attention and bring it to the important point of focus which is the centre of your present work. With practice your rhetoric can increase tremendously, by doing something so small as just noticing your own conversations and own speaking, even when in a casual way and to a friend, is a task you can set yourself to learn a great deal. Just by observation and awareness of yourself and what it is that you are trying to do, you can greatly help the progress along the way with keeping some few very important things in mind.

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