Man in the Arena

“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.”

-Theodore Roosevelt


Martin Luther King

What you do now and what you decide at this age may well determine which way your life shall go. And the question is, whether you have a proper, a solid and a sound blueprint.

Some of the things it should be on your life’s blueprint:

  1. A deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth, and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody, always feel that you count, always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.
  2. You must have as a basic principle the determination to achieve excellence, in your various field of endeavour. You going to be deciding as the days and the years unfold what you will do in life, what your life’s work will be. Once you discover what it will be, set out to do it and to do it well. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree, if you can’t be a highway just be a trail. If you can’t be the sun, be a star, for it isn’t by size that you win or fail, but be the best of whatever you are.
  3. A commitment to the eternal principals of beauty, love, and justice. Well life for none of us has been a crystal stair, but we must keep moving, we must keep going. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. Keep moving.

Bruce Lee

“Be like water making its ways through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around it or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”

“Empty your mind. Be formless. Shapeless. Like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water by friend.”

Here is that natural instinct and here is control. You are to combine the two in harmony. If you have one to the extreme you will be very unscientific, if you have another to the extreme you become all of a sudden a mechanical man.”

“I do not believe in style anymore. I do not believe in such thing as like Chinese way of fighting or Japanese way of fighting or whatever. If you do not have style, you just say here I am, as a human being, how can I express myself, totally and completely.

As a human being, all these I have learned from martial art to me, ultimately martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. It is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, but to express oneself honestly not lying to oneself, that my friend is very hard to do.”

Adrian Stokes

“A good poem has the closed air of an entity, of something compact that makes a dent.”

“The great work of art is surrounded by silence. It remains palpably out there, yet none the less enwraps us, we do not so much absorb as become ourselves absorbed”

“Art is an emblem of the state of being in love”