I love this quote(obviously), and though it is quite long, I can never bring myself to shorten it. It is amazing in its entirety, to truncate it would be to diminish it and I am unable to do it. It reminds me that there is a vast difference between selling one’s soul and giving it away.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. –Theodore Roosevelt

Ultimately our lives are not our own and no matter what you believe this life as we know it will come to an end. Inexplicably, at this juncture, I want to be able to claim that my life was well lived. It does not matter if I fail or succeed but that I “strive to do deeds”. I want my soul to be poured out in great devotions, to be consumed by passion and compassion for others, and to be spent in action doing not just contemplating.