Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.— Lance Armstrong
The most practical Lance Armstrong quotes that will activate your desire to change
Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.
I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days, or great days.
My cocktail, so to speak, was only EPO, but not a lot, transfusions and testosterone.
One of the redeeming things about being an athlete is redefining what is humanly possible.
If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on.
Cycling is so hard, the suffering is so intense, that it’s absolutely cleansing. The pain is so deep and strong that a curtain descends over your brain….Once; someone asked me what pleasure I took in riding for so long. ‘PLEASURE???? I said.’ ‘I don’t understand the question.’ I didn’t do it for the pleasure; I did it for the pain.
Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight.
If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you've got to go all the way.
I want to die at a hundred years old with an American flag on my back and the star of Texas on my helmet, after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at 75 miles per hour.
Pain is temporary. Eventually it will subside. If I quit, however, the surrender stays with me.
The last thing I'll say for the people that don't believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics, I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry you can't dream big and I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.
I have never had a single positive doping test, and I do not take performance-enhancing drugs.
Chasing records doesn't keep me on my bike. Happiness does.
For most of my life I had operated under a simple schematic of winning and losing, but cancer was teaching me a tolerance for ambiguities.
But the fact is that I wouldn't have won even a single Tour de France without the lesson of illness. What it teaches is this: pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say: 'Enough is enough.'
Yellow wakes me up in the morning. Yellow gets me on the bike every day. Yellow has taught me the true meaning of sacrifice. Yellow makes me suffer. Yellow is the reason I'm here.
I raced because I was paid to do a job and I felt like I had to do the job.
Number two: I raced because I loved the process, I loved training, getting ready for the race, I loved all of that. And number three I raced for my memories. Regardless of what somebody wants to give or take away, you can't take my memories.
A boo is a lot louder than a cheer.
The team wasn't just riders. It was the mechanics, masseurs, chefs, soigneurs, and doctors. But the most important man on the team may have been the chiropractor.
Knowledge is power, community is strength and positive attitude is everything
If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to. If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again.
The truth is, if you asked me to choose between winning the Tour de France and cancer, I would choose cancer. Odd as it sounds, I would rather have the title of cancer survivor than winner of the Tour, because of what it has done for me as a human being, a man, a husband, a son, and a father.
[The] pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year, but eventually it subsides. And when it does, something else takes its place, and that thing might be called a greater space for happiness ... Each time we overcome pain, I believe that we grow.
The biggest losers are those who care only about winning.
We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.
I am just coming into my best years. This year I did new things; stretching and abdominal work.
You know, once I was thinking of quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I'm sure you have a good reason to quit.
Lance Armstrong is not the biggest fraud in the history of world sport.
US Postal was not the most sophisticated doping programme.
The answer is hard work. What are you doing on Christmas Eve? Are you riding your bike? January 1st - are you riding your bike?
I can get up in the morning and look myself in the mirror and my family can look at me too and that's all that matters.
Hard work, sacrifice and focus will never show up in tests.
My greatest point is my persistence... However down I am, I fight until the last ball.
Nothing goes to waste, you put it all to use, the old wounds and long-ago slights become the stuff of competitive energy.
I think I bit off more than I could chew.
I thought the marathon would be easier. For the level of condition that I have now... that was without a doubt the hardest physical thing I have ever done.
Cycling is a sport of the open road and spectators are lining that road.
It's something I find enjoyable. Whether it is a road bike or mountain bike or tandem bike. I enjoy riding a bike.
It's simple. Success comes from training harder, living better and digging deeper than the others.
It gave me a chance to re-evaluate my life and my career.
Cancer certainly gives things a new perspective. I would not have won the Tour de France if I had not had cancer. It gave me new strength and focus.
The Europeans look down on raising your hands.
They don't like the end-zone dance. I think that's unfortunate. That feeling - the finish line, the last couple of meters - is what motivates me.
I thought I knew what fear was, until I heard the words 'You have cancer'.
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever
The Tour (de France) is essentially a math problem, a 2,000-mile race over three weeks that's sometimes won by a margin of a minute or less. How do you propel yourself through space on a bicycle, sometimes steeply uphill, at a speed sustainable for three weeks? Every second counts.
My ruthless desire to win at all costs served me well on the bike but the level it went to, for whatever reason, is a flaw. That desire, that attitude, that arrogance.
My actions and reactions, and the way I treated certain scenarios, were way out of line, so I deserved some punishment.
If life gives you lemons, drink the juice in order to mask the presence of performing-enhancing drugs.
I want to finish by saying that I intend to be an avid spokesperson for testicular cancer once I have beaten the disease. I want this to be a positive experience and I want to take this opportunity to help others who might someday suffer from the same circumstance I face today.
If a script writer had come up with a story resembling what you have just achieved, even the Hollywood studios would have refused.
My mother told me...if you're going to get anywhere, you're going to have to do it yourself, because no one is going to do it for you.