This collection of quotes are about pushing through the hard times, to keep you going when the going gets tough. I hope you find some motivation in them.
You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.
You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
- Beverly Sills
"If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win."
"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
"It is only through work and strife that either nation or
individual moves on to greatness. The great man is always the man
of mighty effort, and usually the man whom grinding need has trained
to mighty effort."
"The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt."
"Spirit ... has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle."
"Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."
"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
"Train, don't strain."
"Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love
the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And
if some kid gets really good at it, that's cool too."
"You would fain be victor at the Olympic Games, you say. Yes, but weigh the conditions, weigh the consequences; then and then only, lay to your hand-if it be for your profit. You must live by rule, submit to diet, abstain from dainty meats, exercise your body perforce at stated hours, in heat or in cold; drink no cold water, nor, it may be, wine. In a word, you must surrender yourself wholly to your trainer, as though to a physician."
"Just remember this: No one ever won the olive wreath with an impressive training diary."
"The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top."
"Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure."
"The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit."
"My jump was imperfect, my run-in was too short and my hands were too far back at takeoff. When I manage to iron out these faults, I am sure I can improve."
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Inspiration cannot be willed, though it can be wooed.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.
If you want to be the best,
Work hardier than the rest.
If you don't want to be the best,
Just work like the rest.