This summer Miley Cyrus (pre-PInk makeover) got a good chunk of a Teddy Roosevelt quote tattooed on her arm. Now her fiance Liam Hemsworth has shown his solidarity to his girl by finishing off the quote on his own arm. (The bottom photo with the hairy armpit, is, of course, Liam’s tattoo.)
Liams’s quote immediately preceeds the line Miley chose for her arms.
“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.”
And here’s a bigger context for the quote from Roosevelt’s “Citizen’s in a Republic” speech at the Sorbonne in France April 23, 1910:
“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 actually in 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.”
Those first few lines that aren’t tattooed on their bodies is pretty interesting too. It’s a critique on critics that’s especially poignant in this social media era.
Miley and Liam got engaged this June (they met in 2010 while filming The Last Song,) but they’re not in any rush to get married.
At the VMAs in September Miley to US Weekly about her lack of wedding plans :
“I’m really excited to obviously get married, but I kind of already feel married. I know we are forever. I don’t really need the paper right now.”
No paper, but Teddy Roosevelt ink is definitely a commitment.
PHOTO: Liam’s Instagram