Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt
It's no secret that Teddy Roosevelt was a total bad ass. Cracked has not one, not two, not three, not four, but five articles devoted to him. If all the Presidents were put in a ring and told to gladiator it out, TR is the projected winner. But this quote takes his insanity to a whole new level. Not because it has a great message about playing in the sandbox of life (you know, if the sandbox was made out of asphalt). No. It has a great message because it couples Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey.
It's also cool because it was mentioned in Alex Ross' TEDTalk.
Ross outlines the top 5 things he learned as Secretary Clinton's Innovation Advisor - lots of stuff #5 being stay out of the Grey Twilight. Which means go big or go home. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Right now the world is at an inflection point - we have great challenges that will not be resolved if we don't step outside our grey comfort zones. The world requires living color - so take a leap of faith and know victory. Or defeat.