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Motivation for the Millennium

Lynne Bermel

One of the most treasured gifts I received one Christmas was also one of the smallest. It was a tiny box of motivational sayings. Over the years, I’ve continued to collect quotes by famous people as well as sayings by others I’ve never heard of but which strike a chord within me.

I’m willing to bet that being a goal-oriented athlete, you have also been touched by certain words that carry special meaning for you. Why not share them with us here at the Runner’s Web? We’ll be publishing the top 100 motivational sayings just in time for the 2000-racing season.

With apologies to some of the writers below, here are my versions of a few favourites:

Prepare! The time will come when summer will ask what you were doing all winter. – Henry Clay

If you can’t win your race, make sure the guy ahead of you breaks the record. – Steve Prefontaine

We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance. – Benjamin Disraeli

Some succeed because they are destined to; most succeed because they are determined to. Anatole France

Perseverance is everything. If you just knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody up. – Longfellow

Grant me the courage not to give up, even though I think it is hopeless. – Chester W. Nimitz

The road to success has many tempting parking places. – Steve Potter

Remember that what is hard to endure will be sweet to recall. – Tote Yamada

If you decide you want to be a champion, then the work is no problem. – Homer Barr

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. – Wayne Gretzky

The race does not build character; it reveals it. – Heywood Broun

Fall down seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb

Ruthlessly compete with your own best self. – Apollo Engineers

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t. – Thomas Edison


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