Miley Cyrus, who has endured such hardships as becoming a millionaire by age 19, getting engaged to a hunky Australian actor and suffering through daily Pilates classes, tattooed the words of former President Theodore Roosevelt on her left forearm, Us Weekly reports.
The quote came from Roosevelt’s famous “Citizenship in a Republic” speech, which he delivered in 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris. It reads, “So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Roosevelt’s words were revered for their powerful meaning, which suggested that someone facing hardships — or “the man in the arena” — requires tenacity and courage.
Other famous fans of the speech include former President Richard Nixon, who used parts of it during his inauguration and again during his resignation speech in 1974, and former South African President Nelson Mandela, who gave a copy of Roosevelt’s words to his country’s rugby captain during the famous 1995 Rugby World Cup.
And now, the world — and Wikipedia — may add Miley Cyrus to the list of world leaders who have immortalized Teddy’s words.
When Roosevelt said, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,” he was most certainly referring to teen pop sensations.