Miley Cyrus has found unusual inspiration for her latest tattoo. She had a quote from President Theodore Roosevelt tattooed on her left forearm. And, it’s also a favorite passage of disgraced President Richard Nixon!
The inscription reads “So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Roosevelt uttered the quote in a speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic.” He made the speech at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910.
The passage was also quoted by Nixon, during his resignation speech in 1974. He resigned to avoid likely impeachment for the cover-up of the infamous Watergate burglary by Republican operatives directed by the White House.
The speech has gotten plenty of mileage since Roosevelt gave it. Nelson Mandela gave a copy of this speech to François Pienaar, captain of the South African rugby team, before the start of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, made famous by the movie “Invictus.”
The quote could also be interpreted at a dig against the media. At the time, Roosevelt was railing against “critics” who are quick to point out “how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.” That could certainly apply in Miley’s case.
Miley, 19, been at the center of controversy every since she posed for a semi-nude photo spread in Vanity Fair magazine when she was 15 years old. The singer and actress was widely criticized while a minor for racy photos, compromising incidents and over-sexualizing her image.
She still posts photos of herself, but they are more focused these days on her relationship with fiancé Liam Hemsworth. The latest, a black and white photo, shows her in Liam’s arms.