If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.

— Emil Zatopek

The most seductive Emil Zatopek quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

A runner must run with dreams in his heart.

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An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets.

He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.

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There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions.

It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race.

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It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.

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Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.

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You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder.

When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it.

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If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's besides the point. It's simply that I just have to.

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To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity.

And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.

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What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.

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Try for a goal that's reasonable, then gradually raise it.

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I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.

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When I was young, I was too slow. I thought I must learn to run fast by practicing to run fast, so I ran 100 meters fast 20 times. Then I came back, slow,slow,slow. People said, 'Emil, you are crazy. You are training like a sprinter.'

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About Emil Zatopek

Quotes 30 sayings
Profession Olympic athlete
Birthday September 19, 1922

It is not necessary to smile and make a wonderful impression on the judges.

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The athlete of today is not an athlete alone.

He's the center of a team - doctors, scientists, coaches, agents and so on.

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Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.

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Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast.

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By a persistent effort of will it is possible to change the whole body.

The athlete must always keep in mind this concept of change and progression. He must never accept his limitations as being permanent, because they are not.

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If you come to think of it, you never see deer, dogs and rabbits worrying about their menus and yet they run much faster than humans.

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A runner must run with dreams in his heart, not money in his pocket.

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If I can get better, why not?

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My running was very simple; it was out of myself.

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Everyone said, 'Emil, you are a fool!' But when I first won the European Championship, they said: 'Emil, you are a genius!'

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Men, today we die a little.

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We are different, in essence, from other men.

If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.

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When a person trains once, nothing happens.

When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter either. Then willpower will be no problem.

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When I was young, I was too slow. I thought I must learn to run fast by practicing to run fast, so I ran 100 meters fast 20 times. Then I came back, slow, slow, slow.

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Sri Chinmoy brings Heaven to me. He inspires everyone to be happy. He deserves the biggest gold medal.

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I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time

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One day the factory sports coach, who was very strict, pointed at four boys, including me, and ordered us to run in a race. I protested that I was weak and not fit to run, but the coach sent me for a physical examination and the doctor said that I was perfectly well. So I had to run, and when I got started I felt I wanted to win. But I only came in second. That was the way it started.

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