Wednesday, October 17, 2007

2 In Running As In Life: The True Nature Of Inspiration


In keeping with my previous post, I'd like to post some inspirational quotes about what else? Inspiration. ;-)

I think the neat thing about these quotes is that they talk about the true engine behind inspiration, honing your abilities through continual practice & application (& perseverance!). Of course, the below quotes pertain not just to the path to one's fitness goals, but the path of our lives as well.




Every flower must grow through dirt.
-- Anonymous

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.
-- Anonymous

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
-- Aristotle

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
-- Norman R. Augustine

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
-- James Baldwin

I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else; hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
-- Lucille Ball

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
-- Thomas Arnold Bennett

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
-- Josh Billings

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
-- Phillip Brooks

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars
-- Les Brown

We got to roll with the punches, play all of our hunches, make the best of whatever comes your way. Forget that blind ambition, learn to trust your intuition -- plowing straight ahead, come what may.
-- Jimmy Buffett, Cowboy in the Jungle (song)

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
-- Emily Dickinson

Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.
-- Thomas Edison

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom.
-- Albert Einstein

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
-- Albert Einstein

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
-- George Eliot

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
-- Buke Ellington

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

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.
-- Henry Ford

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
-- Henry Ford

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.
-- Henry Ford

He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
-- Thomas Fuller, M.D.

We must become the change we want to see.
-- Gandhi

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.
-- Gandhi

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What does not kill me makes me stronger.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.
-- Ellen Hubbard

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
-- Helen Keller

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
-- Helen Keller

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?
-- Robert Francis Kennedy

He who limps is still walking.
-- Stanislaw J. Lec

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up.
-- Vince Lombardi

Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
-- Orison Swett Marden

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.
-- Abraham Maslow

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
-- Napoleon Bonaparte

As for courage and will - we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.
-- Andre Norton

Chance is always powerful. - Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
-- Ovid

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
-- Seneca

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.
-- James Stephens

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

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
-- The Artist Formerly Known As Prince

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
-- Sun Tzu

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
-- John R. Wooden, Practical Modern Basketball

Do or do not. There is no try.
-- Yoda, character in the movie The Empire Strikes Back

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
-- Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks


Missladybug said...

Excellent quotes! Very inspiring. I find quotes actually have true power as they are filled with words. And it's a very ancient belief that words, especially spoken ones, have immense impact, both for good and evil.

cymrusteve said...

Tremendous quotes! I'll have to make a note of some of these :)



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