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
in the arena
jane barber on
Thankyou for being such an inspiration to so many florists, I love your blog and it is my ambition to visit your farm one day, and maybe even play with some of your flowers!! I love how everything you’re about comes from the soul. Thankyou for being a kindred spirit.
Sue Prutting on
Beautiful flowers (I now have a new favorite lily!), beautiful quote, and an even more beautiful heart. Love you.
martin and the magpie on
Erin….a year ago I found your blog and you had me hooked!!….we found a garden and today we have just started cutting our first flowers…larkspur…we are beyond excited……whatever you chose to do, know that you are an inspiration and we are so grateful to have found you across all these miles, thank you..xx Kay
Cami M on
Thanks for this beautiful thought today…Your talents and blooms are so inspiring…can’t wait to love a few of your bouquets!!
Lara Belle on
Absolutely a breathtaking arrangement!! I love the raspberries and the lilies in it. I get so excited everytime I see a new post on your blog ~ I am so inspired by what you are doing! :)
I needed that Teddy quote today ever so much, thanks a million! Your awesome arrangement surely helped too.
Thanks for sharing,
Wow, just wow. I just got off the phone with a client who apparently doesn’t understand that design is a process. That a client and designer work -together-, coming up with the best fit for the work to be done. It is not black and white. This quote fits exactly how I am feeling at the moment. I want to walk away, but I hate to give up on a project. I know that others have gone through this, but I feel so alone in this…anyone else have this issue?
Btw, that is the most amazing one so far…;-)
I want to eat the raspberry.. it looks yummy :)
Beautiful….you and this blog are a beautiful piece of sunshine.
damn i love that quote.
Kelly Perry on
The flowers just keep getting prettier and prettier!
Kellie Sinclair on
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