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Motivational Quotes

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.
- J. Askenberg

You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.
- Chris Evert

"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."
- Carl Lewis

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
- Percy Cerutty

"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."
- Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech about Grant, delivered at Galena, Illinois, April 27, 1900

"The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt."
- Max Lerner

"Spirit ... has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle."
- Unknown

"Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."
- Liane Cardes

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
- Herschel Walker

"Train, don't strain."
- Arthur Lydiard

"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."
- Pat Tyson

"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."
- Epictetus, (c.A.D. 50-c.A.D. 138)

"Just remember this: No one ever won the olive wreath with an impressive training diary."
- Marty Liquori

"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."
- Herb Elliott

"Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure."
- Thomas Alva Edison

"The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit."
- Ken Doherty

"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."
- Sergei Bubka (first pole vaulter to clear 20 feet)

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese proverb

Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go.
- T.S. Eliot

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
- Andre Gide

Inspiration cannot be willed, though it can be wooed.
- Anthony Storr

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
- Henry J. Kaiser

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
- Frank L. Gaines

Nothing will work unless you do.
- John Wooden

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.
- Jack Canfield

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.
- Tommy Lasorda
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.

- Robert Stinson - his quote since "1979" and some 25 years coaching

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Psychology Extra

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