The Definition of a Renaissance Man

The Definition of a Renaissance Man

The definition of a renaissance man is a person who is “enlightened” in all subject matter including arts, math, athletics, philosophy, music, history, and any other cultural aspect of society.  I know you are thinking to yourself that this defines me, Brian P. Forrester.  Just throw in camping and hunting and you get the complete package.

Also those of you who know me know I like quotes from Thomas Jefferson.  I recently started including quotes by Jefferson at the end of my articles because sharing inspiration is important to me.

There is another quote I am very fond of, this one by Teddy Roosevelt, in fact I like it so much I want to have it framed and hung in my office for others to pause and read.

Teddy Roosevelt said:

“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. “

In this world we may not always agree on things.  This doesn’t mean I don’t like or respect the person I do not agree with, quite the opposite at times.

I just want more people to read what Roosevelt said, take his thoughts apart, ponder them, talk about them, share them, this is a wonderful message.

I hope in reading this that you feel as I do.  I plan to have his words where I can see them daily, as a reminder that in life we do have failures and we also have great achievments.  Be a renaissance man (or woman), smile often, and be inspired.

Teddy Roosevelt and his smile.


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