When I came back, after all those stories about Hitler and his snub, I came back to my native country, and I could not ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn't live where I wanted. Now what's the difference?— Jesse Owens
Competitive Marathon Running quotations
If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.
Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best.
Rincewind had always been happy to think of himself as a racist.
The One Hundred Meters, the Mile, the Marathon -- he'd run them all.
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time.
Go in any direction..seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.
I wanted the world to know that my country Ethiopia has always won with determination and heroism.
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.
Just put one foot in front of the other.
I always tell beginning runners: Train your brain first.
It's much more important than your heart or legs.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint; pace yourself accordingly.
I always loved running.... It was something you could do by yourself and under your own power.
Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.
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.
I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.
It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse.
The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds.
If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless.
I'm not on a mission. I'm not a paragon of health for anybody. I'm not going to run a marathon or model for 'Men's Health' or go on bike rides with Lance Armstrong. I'm not. Trust me.
There is something about the ritual of the race - putting on the number, lining up, being timed - that brings out the best in us.
The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.
Marathon running, like golf, is a game for players, not winners.
That is why Callaway sells golf clubs and Nike sells running shoes. But running is unique in that the world's best racers are on the same course, at the same time, as amateurs, who have as much chance of winning as your average weekend warrior would scoring a touchdown in the NFL.
Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves.
It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about.
Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.
Running is my meditation, mind flush, cosmic telephone, mood elevator and spiritual communion.
Running has made being depressed impossible.
If I'm going through something emotional and just go outside for a run, you can rest assured I'll come back with clarity.
Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have Nature, and that is much better.
The marathon has so many elements to prepare for.
I think that is one reason I always want to come back for more. There is always something to change in your preparation and I am still trying to discover what I am capable of. I guess I just love the challenge.
The mile has a classic symmetry....It's a play in four acts.
You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.
When I go to the Boston Marathon now, I have wet shoulders—women fall into my arms crying. They're weeping for joy because running has changed their lives. They feel they can do anything.
We runners are all a little nutty, but we're good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge. Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That's our only message.