"If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting." --Dick Vermeil
"It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"Don't ever accept anyone else's preconceived limitations. If there's something you want to do, there isn't any reason you can't do it."
- Amy Dodson, running amputee
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved."
- William Jennings Bryan, early 20th Century politician
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable."
- Sir Thomas Foxwell Buxton, British abolitionist
"What counts in the battle is what you do once the pain sets in."
- John Short
"True sport is always a duel: a duel with nature, with one's own fear, with one's own fatigue, a duel in which body and mind are strengthened."
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet
"I like running because it's challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain - and you've got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is 'Don't overdo it' and 'Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond."
- Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers General Manager, NHL Hall of Famer
"Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness and self-reliance. Independence is the outstanding characteristic of the runner. He learns the harsh reality of his physical and mental limitations when he runs. He learns that personal commitment, sacrifice and determination are his only means to betterment. Runners only get promoted through self-conquest."
- Noel Carroll, Irish track trailblazer
"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible." Saint Francis of Assisi "Success is to be measure not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
- Booker T. Washington, anti-slavery activist
"The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it."
- Moliere, French Playwright