The heavily inked Cyrus debuted her latest tattoo — a quote from a 1910 speech from President Theodore Roosevelt — on her left forearm in early July. But it now appears the singer-actress isn’t alone in paying tribute to the late leader of the free world: her fiancé followed suit!
In a new Instagram snap, Cyrus gave fans a glimpse of her and Hemworth’s in-sync ink — both excerpts taken from Roosevelt’s 35-page address, entitled Citizenship in a Republic, which he delivered post-presidency at the Sorbonne, Paris, on April 23, 1910.
The speech’s most well-known segment is: “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.”
Cyrus — who has 14 other tattoos — chose the quote: “So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Her Hunger Games beau opted for the passage that immediately precedes hers in the speech: “If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
The couple — who got announced their engagement in June — are certainly not the first to honor Roosevelt’s words of wisdom. President Richard Nixon cited the famous discourse not once, but twice: After first quoting Roosevelt during his his victory speech in November 1968, Nixon came full circle with another mention in his August 1974 resignation address to the nation. “Sometimes I have succeeded and sometimes I have failed, but always I have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt once said about the man in the arena,” he said before referring to Roosevelt.
Even Nelson Mandela found the famous words moving. The South African politician handed a copy of the speech to François Pienaar, captain of his country’s rugby team, before the squad went on to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
While Cyrus hasn’t spoken about the significance of this particular etching, she has opened up about her collection of body art. “It really doesn’t hurt if you’re thinking about the meaning,” she told Harper’s Bazaar back in 2010. “I could never get a meaningless tattoo, but I think that if you’re doing something that’s important, that’s significant in your life, it takes some of the pain away.”
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