Running Quotations

“you already know what the right thing to do it, you just gotta do it”- Jocko Willink

“you want to improve your mental toughness? Try this method..BE TOUGHER”- Jocko Willink


“suffering introduces you to yourself and reminds you that you are not the person you thought you were”- “Paul Tillich”


“Setting goals can be like solving a maths problem; you know the solution you want to get to and the answer that will satisfy you.”

“Still it’s always better to work through the process rather than to try to jump ahead and miss something that could leave you retracing your steps and sometimes even having to wipe the slate clean.”

– Olympic 5,000 silver medalist Sonia O’Sullivan using a math analogy to remind Olympic hopefuls that skipping steps and overdoing things in a bid for an Olympic glory may not work. She should know. In 1996, as an Olympic favorite, she ended up a DNF. In 2000, coming back from injury, she got silver.



“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.” 

Vince Lombardi


“You ‘playing small ‘ does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others would not feel insecure around you”- Marrianne Williamson


“No struggle, no progress”- Frederick Douglass.


Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have fallen off”- WF


Review your priorities; ask this question; “what is the best use of my time right now?”- Alan Lakein


“A Person always doing their best becomes a natural leader by example”- Joe MiMagio


“If your life was a movie and it started now, what would the hero of your life’s movie do right now? ” – Joe Rogan (Comedian, UFC Commentator)


“To be able to manage oneself, one finally has to ask: what are my values?”- Pete Drucker


“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”

– Thomas Jefferson


“Your attitude about who you are and what you have is a very little thing that makes a very big difference.”

– Theodore Roosevelt.


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


Alice in Wonderland- “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to” said the Cat

“I don’t much care where” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t mater which way you go.” Said the cat.

– Lewis Carol


“You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures”- Charles Noble


“Strong reasons make strong actions.”- Shakespeare


“Man is a goal seeking animal.  His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals”- Aristotle


“A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done”- Ghandi


“Talk doesn’t cook rice” – Chinese Proverb.


“We are what we repeatedly do”- Aristotle.


“There are two types of people in the world; givers and takers.  The takers sometimes eat better, but the givers always sleep better.” – Danny Thomas

“A goal without training is a wish”- Herm Edwards


“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”- Chinese Proverb


“To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man, …the coward is those who despair”- Euripides


“We conquer by continuing” – G Matheson


“without perseverance talent is a barren bed”- Welsh Proverb


“diamonds are just lumps of coal that stayed at it” BC Forbes.


“Genius begins- labor finishes” – J Jombert


” I walk slowly, but I always walk FORWARD”- Lincoln


“pain is never a permanent thing”- St. Teresa of Avila


“today’s crisis is tomorrow’s joke”-  HG Wells


“patience and fortitude conquers all”- Ralph Waldo Emerson


“man is what he believes himself to be” Anton Chekov


“the quality of our expectations determines the quality of our actions”

– Andre Godin


“if a man plants melons- he reaps melons, if a man plants beans, he reaps farts” – South Jersey Proverb


“he who fears he shall suffer already suffering what he fears” – Montaigne


“The Biggest Sin in Life is Wasting Time”- Joe Newton

“Abandon the idea that you are every going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day. it helps.  The, when it gets finished, you are always surprised.” – John Steinbeck.


“I don’t like work — no man does — but I like what it is in the work — the chance to find yourself. Your own reality — for yourself, not for others — what no other man can ever know”

—Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness


Life’s splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off.  It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf.  If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.

–          Franz Kafka


 “You put a little pressure on a vacillating teenager,” he says, “give him a little discipline, a little motivation, and all of a sudden he grows from a nothing into a something. That’s the most satisfying thing in the world.”


“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself into our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”- Marion Morrison (John Wayne)


 “The 1st period (Mile) is won by the best technician (most talented). The 2nd period (mile) is won by the kid in the best shape. The 3rd period (mile) is won by the kid with the biggest heart.”

Dan Gable

“I never had the fear of getting beat, which is how most people lose.”- Dan Gable

“All I worried about was what (Owings) was doing to me, instead of what I was doing to him. When you start worrying about that stuff, you’re going down the wrong path.””

– Dan Gable talking about his only loss.(“If you’re not doin’ you’re getting done”- KTW)

“I’m a big believer in starting with high standards and raising them. We make progress only when we push ourselves to the highest level. If we don’t progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness and poor attitude.”

D. Gable


“Challenge yourself to excel, know that you can, and there is NOTHING you can’t do.  Decide with your whole heart and consciousness that YOU will make things happen.  Once you do this I ‘d like to see someone try to stop you- you’ll run them right over”- Lou Holtz


“I must tell you something.  You don’t have a future.  The future isn’t something breathing or alive, just waiting for you to encounter it.  You Create your future; it doesn’t exist until you decide what it should be.  Bright, bleak; vibrant or mundane- YOUR LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT.  The actions you choose will carry over- becuase the future is nothing more than an extension of the present moment”- Lou Holtz


“Don’t waste good time.”- John Ngugi


“You don’t need to be confident to act confident- and once you act confident it’s just  a matter of tie until you become confident” – KTW

 “I’d rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.” – Ken Kesey

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

– Ayn Rand


Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe____

“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. “

-Ayn Rand

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.

– Ayn Rand

“Tell the men to fire faster and not to give up the ship; fight till she sinks…


-Capt. James Lawrence of Burlington, N.J.’s dying words. Lawrence Twp. in Mercer County is names after James Lawrence.

“Shallow men believe in luck”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Men, we have fought through the war together. I have done the best that I could for you. Go home now. If you make good citizens as you have made good soldiers, you will do well. I shall always be proud of you.”

– Robert E Lee addressing his troops following surrender at Appomattox Court House, VA

Virtue isn’t hereditary.- Thomas.Paine  Bordentown, NJ____________________________________________________________

 “Brick by brick my citizens; brick by brick

– Roman Emperor Hadrian on building the most Magnificent city in World History


Then he was told:

Remember what you have seen,

because everything forgotten

returns to the circling winds.

-Lines from a Navajo Wind Chant


Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

John Wooden




“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.”Eric idle

“Light is more important than the lantern,The poem more important than the notebook,

And the kiss more important than the lips.

My letters to you are greater and more important than both of us.

They are the only documents

Where people will discover your beauty

And my madness. ”

Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani


Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Make each day your masterpiece; just do your best each and every day , don’t try to be better than someone else, just try to make yourself better each day”

– John Wooden, Head Coach, Basketball and Track

Indiana State University Sycamores


“The journey is greater than the inn”

– Cervantes


“Try your hardest, make the effort, do your best”



“You must EARN the right to be proud and confident”

– John Wooden


Training is not what you do, but the value and the cost of the answer from your body” – Renato Canova.


“‘What is life but a series of  inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it  doesn’t come every day.’ ‘I want to be  thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is  no ‘brief candle’ for me. It  is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want  to make it burn as brightly as possible before  handing it on to future generations.’

– George Bernard Shaw



Kurt Vonnegut wrote a letter to one of the members of the school board who burned his classic book Slaughterhouse-Five , he wrote-

Dear Mr. McCarthy:

I am writing to you in your capacity as chairman of the Drake School Board. I am among those American writers whose books have been destroyed in the now famous furnace of your school. […]

If you were to bother to read my books, to behave as educated persons would, you would learn that they are not sexy, and do not argue in favor of wildness of any kind. They beg that people be kinder and more responsible than they often are. It is true that some of the characters speak coarsely. That is because people speak coarsely in real life. […]

If you and your board are now determined to show that you in fact have wisdom and maturity when you exercise your powers over the education of your young, then you should acknowledge that it was a rotten lesson you taught young people in a free society when you denounced and then burned books — books you hadn’t even read. You should also resolve to expose your children to all sorts of opinions and information, in order that they will be better equipped to make decisions and to survive.

Again: you have insulted me, and I am a good citizen, and I am very real.


“Unless a life is lived for others it’s not worth living”.

-Mother Teresa


“The worst things you can do for those you love are the the things they could and should do for themselves”. – Abe Lincoln


“If you can’t feed a hundred people just feed one”. Mother Teresa


“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday”. Abe Lincoln.


“It’s your life. You don’t know how long it’s gonna last, but you know it doesn’t end well. You’ve gotta move forward… as soon as you can figure out what that means. “- Don Draper.


”Our greatest fears lie in anticipation.”- Honore de Balzac


“”I don’t feel any pressure at all,” DiJoseph said. ”It’s the other runners who have to worry. They have to deal with me.”

-Jason DiJoseph, Lionhearted legend from South Jersey on dealing with pressure


“”You know, you put an ounce in a bucket each day, you get a quart.””- local author John McPhee.  He’s published more than two dozen books, but he almost never writes more than one single-spaced page a day.


“Vita Sackville-West said: ‘It is necessary to  write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the  net over the butterfly of the moment?'” Vita Sackville-West  explaining the importance of contributing to your work each day so as to never let the important moments of life get away.


“He habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall, and intended to do so.” contemporary account of U.S Grant, who’s bravery is credited by many historians as winning the Civil War for the North.


“”Don’t spend your whole life regretting the things you can accomplish today”  – KTW


“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any.  It is wonderful how much can be done if we’re always doing”- Thomas Jefferson.


“”Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote those books.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson.


“I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.”- Marilyn Monroe


“Everything that happens to us is the result of the choices we make.  You choose to act or procrastinate, believe or doubt, help or hinder, succeed or fail”.- Lou Holtz


“Great organizations cultivate talent from within”-  Alfred Chandler


“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.”

“Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. ”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe