Motivational Quotes!

We all need motivation from time to time so I’ve added a page of motivational quotes. Some are related to training/running or at least could be read that way if you think about it.  Feel free to respond to this page with your favorite training related quote and I’ll add it to the list.  I’m a quotes hound, keep a good stock of motivational quotes around, and could always use more!

  1. “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams
  2. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice
  3. “Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
  4. “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”
    – G. K. Chesterton
  5. “Little by little one travels far.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. “It’s impossible” said pride.
    “It’s risky” said experience.
    “It’s pointless” said reason.
    “Give it a try”… whispered the heart.
    – Unknown
  7. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”- Albert Einstein
  8. “Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk [run] boldly through them.”-Orison Swett Marden
  9. “I run to keep the crazy at bay” – Anna W.
  10. “It’s a long, hard road and it’s going to have its bumps; there are going to be times when you fall and times when you don’t feel like going on anymore, times when you’re just crazy tired but it takes focusing on that one step you’re taking. That’s what I’m trying to do with the marathon; I don’t think about the miles that are coming down the road, I don’t think about the mile I’m on right now, I don’t think about the miles I’ve already covered. I think about what I’m doing right now, just being lost in the moment.” -Ryan Hall
  11. “When you walk up to opportunity’s door, don’t knock on it… Kick that b*tch in, smile and introduce yourself.” – Dwayne Johnson
  12. “Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid” -John Wayne
  13. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb
  14. “When it comes time to go after a goal, starting the belief system early will create the mental road map the body can follow leading up to the event.” -Terrence Mahon
  15. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C. S. Lewis
  16. “If what you did yesterday still seems big, then you have done nothing today.” -Anonymous
  17. “There will be days you don’t think you can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime of knowing you have.”
    -Unknown
  18. “You will never know your limitations until you find them.” -David Murphy
  19. “Life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.”
    -Jimmy Buffett
  20. “Anything in life is possible if you make it happen.” -Jack LaLanne
  21. “Only 1% of all Americans will complete a full-marathon in their lifetime.” -The Biggest Loser
  22. “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt
  23. “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you react to it.” -Lou Holtz
  24. “Not All Who Wander Are Lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkein
  25. “In order to have the will to win you have to have the will to train” -Anonymous
  26. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” -Henry Ford
  27. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle
  28. “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” -Pablo Picasso
  29. “It’s not the Mountain we conquer but ourselves” -Sir Edmund Hillary
  30. “We learn through running to take what the days give us, what our body will allow us, & what our will can tolerate.”
    -John Bingham
  31. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
    -Ambrose Redmoon
  32. “The difficult I’ll do right now. The impossible may take a little longer.” -Brooklyn Meeker
  33. “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” -Albert Einstein
  34. “You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.”
    -Frank Shorter, Finish Lines
  35. “Divide the marathon into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” -Mike Fanelli
  36. “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” -John Bingham
  37. “There are people content with longing; I am not one of them.” -Anonymous
  38. “Frustration is the first step towards improvement. I have no incentive to improve if I’m content with what I can do and if I’m completely satisfied with my pace, distance and form as a runner. It’s only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forwards.” -John Bingham
  39. “One hundred percent of the shots you don’t take don’t go in.” – Wayne Gretzky
  40. “Pain is temporary…quiting lasts forever!” – Lance Armstrong
  41. “Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish, which trumps Did Not Start.” -Unknown
  42. The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies, no excuses! The gift is yours, it’s an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life truly begins. (For me, that day was December 27th, 2009 – Brian J)” – Tony Caggiano
  43. “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx
  44. “We must all suffer one of two things: The pain of discipline, or the pain of regret” – Jim Rohn
  45. “It’s the possibility of a dream coming true that makes life interesting.” – The Alchemist
  46. “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
    – Walt Disney
  47. There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? – Robert F. Kennedy
  48. “Vision without action is merely a dream.
    Action without vision just passes the time.
    Vision with action can change the world. ”
    – Joel Barker
  49. Don’t limit your challenges….Challenge your limits.– “Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” – Unknown
  50. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what people thought about you, if you knew how seldom they do!”
    – Dr. Joe McGraw
  51. “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi
  52. “You already have everything you need to be a long distance athlete. It’s the mindset, not miles that separates those who do from those who dream”
    – Intro from the book, Marathoning for Mortals
  53. “We do not stop exercising because we grow old… we grow old because we stop exercising.”
    – Dr. Kenneth Cooper
  54. “My parents told me that I could do and be anything I really wanted. I believed them.” – Molly McDonald
  55. “When you think you are done, you’re only 40% into what your body’s capable of doing.”
    – David Goggins, Navy Seal & Ultra Marathoner
  56. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi
  57. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll
  58. “Sometimes you will hunt the bear, other times the bear will hunt you, but always dress for the hunt! Kongaloosh!”
    – Disney’s Adventure’s Club (RIP: 9-27-08)
  59. “If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” – John Bingham
  60. “Live Today!”
    – Me

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