To begin, begin.
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga
A good beginning makes a good end.
- English Proverb
Begin -- to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
- Decimus Magnus Ausonius
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
- William James
Bad excuses are worse than none.
- Thomas Fuller
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
- Jim Ryun
What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter.
- Peter F. Drucker
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- George Herman "Babe" Ruth
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
- William B. Sprague
Perseverance is failing 9 times and succeeding the 10th.
- J. Andrews
Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.
- Tobias George Smollett
Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.
- George F. Tilton
It's a dream until you write it down, and then its a goal. - Anonymous
"Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals."
- Henry Ford
Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there.
- Bo Jackson
You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.
- Les Brown
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude"
- Thomas Jefferson
"Superficial goals lead to superficial results"
- Attila the Hun
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
- Mark Twain
When you cease to dream you cease to live.
- Malcolm Forbes
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."
"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
"Sweet is Pleasure after Pain"
- Dirigo Rowing Shell advertisement
"Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat"
- Marshal Suvorov, famous Russian General
"Your training partner's name is pain. You start out trying to ignore him. Can't do it. You attempt to reason with him. No way. You try to strike a bargain. Hah. You plead. You say "Please stop, please go away. I promise never ever to do this again if you just leave me alone." But he won't. Pain only climbs off if you do. Then you're beaten. "
- Scott Martin
"The pain of disipline is far less than the pain of regret"
- Sarah Bombell, synchronized swimmer
"The Truth is that Running Hurts. No one gets faster without meeting their personal pain barrier straight on. No amount of junk miles, fun runs or affirmations are going to get you over the hill at the five mile mark in a 10k. However, what will pull you through is solid prep with hard hill runs and interval work."
- Manciata's explanation of the Truth about Running
"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; They do not exist."
"Man is not cut out for defeat. Man can be destroyed but not defeated."
- E. Hemingway
"The desire to win is born in most of us. The will to win is a matter of training. The manner of winning is a matter of honour."
- Margaret Thatcher
"If you believe in yourself, have dedication and pride and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards."
- Paul "Bear" Bryant, the Late, great coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure ... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt