quote by Jesse Owens

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

Most Powerful Marathoner quotations

The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.

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.

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.

Don't listen to negative influences. Believe in yourself, and show others what you can do. Only "you" can find your potential.

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.

The marathon can humble you.

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.

Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

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.

There is something about the ritual of the race - putting on the number, lining up, being timed - that brings out the best in us.

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.

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.

I miss my Dad. My Dad loved cheesy monster movies, so we'd have Godzilla movie marathons. Those are some of my favorite memories, laughing at how the monster outfits were so bad, like black garbage bags for heads.

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.