Students should be admired. They chase down and devour knowledge. Patrons should be appreciated – both approvers and critics – for the time and energy they expend. Consumers should be understood, they determine value and are willing to trade in like kind.
Doers however should be emulated. For they create beauty, invent new and fulfill their purpose.
“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 them 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic" delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910 by Theodore Roosevelt