The Man in the Arena

A dialogue on courage would be incomplete without Teddy Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena.”  On April 23, 1910, Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech entitled, “Citizenship in a Republic,” at the Sorbonne, Paris. Thirty-five pages long, the unforgettable passage is found on the seventh page. Many years later, Nelson Mandela gave a copy of this…

A President’s Goodwill

Franklin Delano Roosevelt or FDR was the 32nd President of the United States (1933 -1945) and the only one elected to more than two terms.  His theme song during his 1932 election campaign was “Happy Days Are Here Again,” a sharp contrast to the worldwide economic depression that was currently in full force. As I…

Istanbul – A single glance!

“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.” Alphonse de Lamartine Alphonse de Lamartine was a French writer, poet and politician who was born during the French Revolution (1790) and lived to become a key player in the founding of the Second Republic of France (1848).  A…

Good & Great

A good day is being with people who enjoy intellectual conversation.  A great day is being with people who care for each other.   “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt