Motivational quotes (about running and life)


“If there is no solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop.”
Confucius


“Success does not require that you look out the window, it requires that you look in the mirror.”
Eric Thomas


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
Mark Twain


“Part of a runner’s training consists of pushing back the limits of his mind.”
Kenny Moore


“What am I on? I’m on my bike busting my ass for 6 hours a day! What are you on?”
Lance Armstrong


“When you experience the run, you…relive the hunt. Running is about thirty miles of chasing prey that can outrun you in a sprint, and tracking it down and bringing life back to your village. It’s a beatiful thing.”
Shawn Found


“The best pace is a suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.”
Steve Prefontaine


“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”
Simone de Beauvoir


“I don’t think I ever thought of myself as Superman. But there were people who thought of me that way, and maybe I believed them a little.”
Eminem


“‘No pain, no gain’ does not mean that pain systematically equals gain. It’s easy to go hard. It’s hard to go smart.”
Erwan Le Corre


“When it’s pouring rain and you’re bowling along through the wet, there’s satisfaction in knowing you’re out there and the others aren’t.”
Peter Snell


“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Consistency is king.”
Unknown


“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe


“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
Buddha


“If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.”
Robert Pirsig


“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”
Buddha


“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
Christopher McDougall


“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.”
Lynn Jennings


“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.”
Bart Yasso


“The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
Norman Vincent Peale


“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”
Muhammad Ali


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Arthur Ashe


“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”
John Bingham


“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Lao Tzu


“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
Buddha


“The essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting well.”
Baron de Coubertin


“A course never quite looks the same way twice. The combinations of weather, season, light, feelings and thoughts that you find there are ever changing.”
Joe Henderson


“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.”
Buddha


“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
Confucius


“Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.”
Julie Isphording


“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Thomas Jefferson


“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”
Buddha


“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
Og Mandino


“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.”
Alfred A. Montapert


“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”
Paul Tergat


“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree.”
Haruki Murakami


“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
Haruki Murakami


“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
Albert Einstein


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
Thomas A. Edison


“I want my time spent running to serve as a reward.”
Frank Shorter


“I love running cross country…You come up a hill and see two deer going, ‘What the hell is he doing?’ On a track I feel like a hamster.”
Robin Williams


“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
Buddha


“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Run hard when it’s hard to run”
Pavvo


“A man who sets out to become an artist at the mile is something like a man who sets out to discover the most graceful method of being hanged. No matter how logical his plans, he can not carry them out without physical suffering.”
Paul O’Neil


“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed. As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung. Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear. You’re not coming away feeling good. It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days. It’s not a strategy. It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort. Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. Taking pain.”
Mark Wetmore


“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett


“We must wake up to the fact that athletics is not, nor ever can be perfected; there will always be more to learn.”
Arthur GreatHeart Newton


“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
John Bingham


“There is an itch in runners.”
Arnold Hano


“Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.”
Doris Brown Heritage


“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
Buddha


“Never, never, never give up.”
Winston Churchill


“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”
Steve Prefontaine


“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”
Oprah Winfrey


“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Buddha


“Runners don’t do drugs, they make their own … naturally.”
E. Neil Culbertson


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Henry David Thoreau


“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
Buddha


“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.”
Albert Schweitzer


“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
Buddha


“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
Bradley Whitford


“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“After a storm comes a calm.”
Matthew Henry


“If you train your mind for running, everything else will be easy.”
Amby Burfoot


“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
Buddha


“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”
Gordon B. Hinckley


“It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.”
Emil Zatopek


“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Jim Rohn


“You don’t run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that’s in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That’s discipline to get the job done. the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world. Against God, if you’re good enough.”
Bill Persons


“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”
Victor Kiam


“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
Buddha


“If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record.”
Unknown


“Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.”
Carl von Clausewitz


“There are a lot of guys out there now who know they are not working as hard as other people. I can’t fathom how they think.”
Alberto Salazar


“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Helen Keller


“It works better for me to be nervous and hungry.”
Lance Armstrong


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”
Buddha


“We all know that if you run, you are pretty much choosing a life of success because of it.”
Deena Kastor


“What does not destroy me, makes me strong.”
Nietzsche


“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Winston Churchill


“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
Pope John XXIII


“If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
Buddha


“It was being a runner that mattered, not how fast or how far I could run. The joy was in the act of running and in the journey, not in the destination.”
John Bingham


“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.”
Steve Prefontaine


“Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys…It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. It’s the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.”
Paul Maurer


“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“It’s a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad tempered or tell you what to do.”
Alan Sillitoe


“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, but to be with each other.”
Christopher McDougall


“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
Woodrow Wilson


“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
Tony Robbins


“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”
Nikos Kazantzakis


“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha


“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
Marilyn vos Savant


“To be a good runner, you must first be a good athlete.”
Jay Johnson


“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
Buddha


“Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
Leo Buscaglia


“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”
Buddha


“Some people train knowing they’re not working as hard as other people. I can’t fathom how they think.”
Alberto Salazar


“We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”
Buddha


“You are truly your own hero in running. It is up to you to have the responsibility and self discipline to get the job done.”
Adam Goucher


“To be great, one does not have to be mad, but definitely it helps.”
Percy Cerutty


“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Benjamin Franklin


“Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion.”
Gail W. Kislevitz


“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
Buddha


“Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
Miguel Angel Ruiz


“If you want to run, then run a mile. If you want to experience another life, run a marathon.”
Emil Zatopek


“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”
Katharine Hepburn


“Always enjoy yourself. Don’t be upset if you don’t win, you’ve won by simply not giving up.”
Unknown


“The human spirit is indomitable. No one can ever say you must not run faster than this or jump higher than that. There will never be a time when the human spirit will not be able to better existing records.”
Sir Roger Bannister


“I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.”
Arthur Blank


“God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe.”
Billy Mills


“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”
Ayn Rand


“One thing about racing is that it hurts. You better accept that from the beginning or you’re not going anywhere.”
Bob Kennedy


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C. S. Lewis


“You can’t flirt with the track, you must marry it.”
Bill Easton


“Good things come slow, especially in distance running.”
Bill Dellinger


“A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.”
Philip Sidney


“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
Epictetus


“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
Buddha


“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”
Aristotle


“Run the first two thirds of the race with your head and the last third with your heart.”
Unknown


“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
Buddha


“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
Jesse Owens


“Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.”
Steve Prefontaine


“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.”
Bill Bowerman


“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”
George S. Patton


“Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
Lance Armstrong


“To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
Buddha


“Runners just do it – they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.”
Unknown


“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
Buddha


“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”
Buddha


“Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.”
Christopher Reeve


“There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.” No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Things in motion sooner catch the eye than what not stirs.”
Shakespeare


“Remarkable health is the pursuit of the unconventional.”
Matt Gartland


“Many people shy away from hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The more you repeat something, the stronger you get.”
Joe Catalano


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Confucius


“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Walt Disney


“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”
Sam Levenson


“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
Eleanor Roosevelt


“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.”
Joyce Carol Oates


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”
Buddha


“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
William Butler Yeats


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
Theodore Roosevelt


“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
Robert Collier


“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”
PattiSue Plumer


“The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering — an image of death.”
Buddha


“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
Robert H. Schuller


“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
Dalai Lama XIV


“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
Bo Jackson