World’s Fastest Indian

I just went to see “World’s fastest Indian” with Anthony Hopkins, and highly recommend it. Besides triumph of the human spirit- it also reminds us that bureaucrats don’t make this world a better place.

Hopkins quotes Teddy Roosevelt in the movie-
the same quote that was given to me by one of my mentors in life- then USMC Major Jonathan C. Chase, just before I went into the Army:

“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 better. The credit belongs to the man who is actuallyin the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt
“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

The movie is an call to those of us who like to think big- and make things happen.


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