The long passage on Miley Cyrus’ left forearm says “so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” It comes from the Citizenship in a Republic speech given by former United States president Theodore Roosevelt in 1910. Miley’s fiancé Liam Hemsworth has the preceding line on his arm.
The passage that this quote comes from is:
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.
The message of the tattoo is that it is better to try and to fail than to never try at all.