Quotes About Winning

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While some runners just do it for fun and to stay healthy, others thrive on the competition of running. These quotes are about what it takes to be a winner, which doesn't necessarily mean being the first runner to cross the finish line.

"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."
-Vince Lombardi

"Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win."
-sign on Tom Fleming's wall while training for the Boston Marathon

"The real purpose of running isn't to win a race; it's to test the limits of the human heart."
- Bill Bowerman

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
-Roger Bannister

"I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it."
-Steve Prefontaine

"It doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

"The glory of sport comes from dedication, determination and desire. Achieving success and personal glory in athletics has less to do with wins and losses than it does with learning how to prepare yourself so that at the end of the day, whether on the track or in the office, you know that there was nothing more you could have done to reach your ultimate goal."
-Jackie Joyner-Kersee

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
-Special Olympics Motto

"To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day, one month, or even one year -- but for a lifetime."
-Bill Rodgers

"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners.

Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit."
-George Sheehan

"More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin."
-Unknown Author

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose.

Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”
-Wilma Rudolph

"Winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else."
-Vince Lombardi

"The medals don't mean anything and the glory doesn't last. It's all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing."
-Jackie Joyner-Kersee

"A champion needs motivation above and beyond winning."
-Pat Riley

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.”
-Arthur Ashe

"Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream."
-Emmitt Smith

"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race."
-Jay Foonberg, 72-year-old runner


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