Friday, January 11, 2013

Theodore Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena, by Gavin Aung Than

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(Reblogged from Zen Pencils)

Zen Pencils is a website launched in February 2012 by Gavin Aung Than, a freelance illustrator living in Melbourne, Australia. On Zen pencils you will find inspirational quotes from famous people adapted into cartoons. The site is updated once a week, every Tuesday (Australian Eastern Standard time). What type of quotes does Gavin adapt? Anything and everything. Poets to Presidents, comedians to colonels – anyone who inspires him, challenges his way of thinking, wakes him up or just makes him laugh.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) Roosevelt was a naturalist, ornithologist, cowboy, conservationist, ranchman, war hero, writer, hunter and politician. Growing up, Teddy Roosevelt was severely asthmatic, too scared to play outside and would instead spend all his time reading. Finally, his father told him to ‘man-up’ and overcome his physical frailty through will power and mental toughness. Theodore not only overcame his asthma, he went on to embrace what he called ‘the strenuous life’ – a life filled with physical activity, adventure and action. He had a fierce intellect as well, writing several books, mediating wars, winning political duels and oh yeah … he was President for 8 years too. Teddy has probably led the fullest and most action-packed life of anyone I’ve ever read about.
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- This quote was only part of the speech Roosevelt delivered in Paris in 1910. It was reprinted in papers around the world and was later named 'The Man in the Arena' and sold as a pocketbook.
- Fun fact 1: The Teddy Bear was named after Teddy Roosevelt.
- Fun fact 2: In his Ranchman days in the badlands of North Dakota, Roosevelt became good friends with Seth Bullock, who was the main character played by Timothy Olyphant in the show Deadwood.
- Who’s the historic figure you admire most and do they have any great quotes that inspire you?

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