“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
-Steve Jobs – Stanford University commencement address (12 June 2005)

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”
-Helen Keller Let Us Have Faith

 

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” 
-Albert Einstein

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
-Albert Einstein – Letter to his son Eduard (5 February 1930), as quoted in Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), p. 367

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
-Albert Einstein – Cosmic Religion : With Other Opinions and Aphorisms (1931) by Albert Einstein, p. 97

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. “
-T.S. Elliott

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
-T.S. Elliott – Preface to Transit of Venus: Poems by Harry Crosby (1931)

“It is never too late to be who you might have been.”
-George Eliot

Mt. San Jacinto State Park , California - May, 1980, scan from a slide

Here are some of my favorite quotes that have inspired me on any of a thousand different levels.  They have served to motivate me in my running, work, friendships, and all other aspects of my life.

“I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.”
-Willa Cather – Death comes for the Archbishop (1927)

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live.”
-Norman Cousins – Quoted in History of Sikh Struggles (1989) by Gurmit Singh, p. 189

“To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
-E. E. Cummings

 
“Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.” 
–Michael Johnson
“Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.” 
– Henry David Thoreau
 
“When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t.” 
-Peter Snell“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!”
-Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own
“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” 
-William Faulkner
“Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.” 
-Henry Ford
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” 
-John Bingham
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision. ”  ~ Muhammad Ali
 
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious. ”  ~ Vince Lombardi
“I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.”  -Fortune Cookie

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear- not absence of fear.”  -Mark Twain

“My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through earth’s lovliness.”  -Michelangelo

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  -Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you can’t fly, then run.  If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl.  But whatever you do, keep moving.”   -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“For a person to go straight along the road, he must have some knowledge of the end- just as an archer will not shoot an arrow straight unless he first sees the target.”  -St. Thomas Aquinas

“Ultimately, talent and desire will let you down.  The three P’s- patience, pacing and persistence- will get you to the finish line.”  -Runner’s World

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”  -Susan Sontag

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” -H.L. Mencken

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.  We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”  -Wilma Rudolph

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so
that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other
people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”   – Marianne Williamson

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.”  -George Bernard Shaw

“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 “the Penguin” Bingham

“The brave do not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.”  -Timothy Luce

“Any coward can sit in his home and criticize a pilot for flying into a mountain in a fog. But I would rather, by far, die on a mountainside than in bed. What kind of man would live where there is no daring? And is life so dear that we should blame men for dying in adventure? Is there a better way to die?”  -Charles Lindbergh Jr.

“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 short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end 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 scared and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat”.   -Theodore Roosevelt

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”  -Helen Keller

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -St. Paul 8:28

“Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord and my right is disregarded by my God?’  Do you not know or have you not heard?  The Lord is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.  He gives strength to the fainting, for the weak he makes vigor abound.  Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagle’s wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”  -Isaiah 40:27-31

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ” ~ Vince Lombardi

“Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.”  -William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, in Braveheart

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