Theodore Roosevelt has long been my favorite U.S. historical person. I have always said that if I had lived during his time, I could imagine spending time with him in the wilderness, or on horseback as one of the Rough Riders. Teddy had a major influence on my early adulthood, and his quotes always rang true to me.
“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.”- Teddy Roosevelt
Until recently, I didn’t know of his involvement with the New York City Police Department, but recently I was able to visit his office at NYPD headquarters building during a recent trip to NYC. I was even able to sign into the log on his desk, as seen in the video below.