Quotes

Character

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."

Thomas Macaulay
English Writer/Statesman


"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."

G. K. Chesterton
English Author & Mystery Novelist (1874-1936)

"I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character!"

Theodore Roosevelt
Twenty-Sixth President

Effort

"You never fail until you stop trying."

Florence Griffith Joyner
Sprinter
Three Time Olympic Gold Medalist


"If I lose, I'll walk away and never feel bad because I did all I could. There was nothing more to do."

Joe Frazier
Professional Boxer, Trainer and Manager


"I've learned that the important thing is to know that you've tried your very hardest, gave 100 percent on every play."

George Rogers
NFL Halfback


"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."

Muhammad Ali
Professional Boxer


"This I say - be the best, be yourself and not like the rest. Work real hard to be real tough, and remember that 100 percent is not good enough. Set the impossible as being your goal, then reach deep inside from within your soul. All you've got is all you could ask, to give your all to achieve this impossible task."

Gene Mills
Wrestler
World Champion

Fun

"The medals don't mean anything and the glory doesn't last. It's all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing."

Jackie Joyner Kersee
Pentathlon, Long-Jumper
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Goals

"There is no feeling worse than realizing too late that you've set your goals too low."

Anonymous

"Good is not enough, if better is possible."

Anonymous

"The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in the man's determination."

Tommy Lasorda
Major League Manager

Poise

"Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one."

Benjamin Franklin
American Statesman
Inventor
"Don't steam. Don't' be angry. Don't lose your head. It's the best part of your body."

Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder
Sports Broadcaster

Preparation

"You can't ever work too much because there's no such thing as being in too good condition. You can't ever lift too many weights because you can't ever get too strong. You can't ever wrestle too much because you can always do better."

Dan Gable
Wrestler
Olympic Gold Medalist
College Wrestling Coach


"When I'd get tired and want to stop, I'd wonder what my next opponent was doing. I'd wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I'd start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I'd push myself harder."

Dan Gable
Wrestler
Olympic Gold Medalist
College Wrestling Coach



"Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles."

Bob Richards
Pole Vaulter
Two time Olympic Gold Medalist


"If you want to be the person you ought to be, you've got to welcome competition."

Bob Richards
Pole Vaulter
Two time Olympic Gold Medalist


"Before I get in the ring, I'd have already won or lost it out on the road. The real part is won or lost somewhere far away from witnesses-behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road long before I dance under those lights."

Muhammad Ali
Professional Boxer


"The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer."

Henry Clay
American Statesman


"Champions train.....Losers complain."

Anonymous
"The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Anonymous

Pride

"A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into an exhausting pace and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy two miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself."

Steve Prefontaine
Distance Runner

Talent

"Talent is the gift plus the passion. A desire to succeed so intense that no force on earth can stop it."

Neil Simon
American Playwright