Non-running Quotes for Runners

I’m a quote guy. I love quotes. I have a couple of books of handwritten notes laying around that I love picking up once in a while for a little inspiration. When it comes to my running I am no different.

The Runcast USA Instagram account is chalk full of quotes related to running. Earlier this year I also gathered a BUNCH of running quotes into one post. Needless to say, I just love them.

I wanted to do a follow up post to my previous quote post — and I thought it’d be neat to compile a bunch of non-running quotes, that could be relatable to runners. You know — some Ghandi, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, etc., etc., etc.

Some might be a stretch, some might be right on — but, I’ve put some time scouring through my books and internets finding some good quotes and mantras relatable to us runners.

Enjoy.


“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” — Arthur C. Clarke

“First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an achievement.” ― Aberjhani

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” — Muhammad Ali

“Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.” — Christian Nestell Bovee

When you dare to dream, you should also dare to do.” ― Stephen Richards

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ― Leo Buscaglia

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

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” ― Madonna

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” ― Christopher Reeve

“You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.” ― Joel Osteen

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” ― Roopleen

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all of the time.” — Anna Freud

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Francis of Assisi

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” — Jean de la Bruyere

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” — William Shakespeare

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort

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

“A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all.” ― Rita Mae Brown

“Nothing will work unless you do”. — Maya Angelou

“Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand.” — Napoleon Hill

“The greatest gift you can give yourself is to develop your full potential.” ― Carolyn E. Cobelo

“Know what you want and reach out eagerly for it.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein

“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.” ― Leo Babauta

“Failure is an event, never a person.” ― William D. Brown

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”  — Helen Keller

“Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” — Maya Angelou

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” ― W. Clement Stone

“If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride” ― Karen Horney

“Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real.” ― Ned Vizzini

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” — Amelia Earhart

“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” — Napoleon Hill

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” — Henry David Thoreau

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” — Earl Nightingale

“Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. ” ― Stephen King

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure will.” ― Suzy Kassem

“If you have never failed, then you have not known life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Dream big and dare to fail.” — Norman Vaughan

“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” — Alexander the Great

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost

“The only journey is the journey within.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“As the sculptor devotes himself to wood and stone, I would devote myself to my soul.” — Toyohiko Kagawa

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” — Vince Lombardi

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” – Indian Proverb

“Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping.” — Thomas Hood

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” ― Edith Södergran

“Life gives us choices. You either grab on with both hands and just go for it, or you sit on the sidelines.” ― Christine Feehan

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” — Pamela Vaull Starr

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains. And we never even know we have the key.” — The Eagles

“Dream big and dare to fail.” – Norman Vaughan

“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” — Tony Dorsett

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas A. Edison

“I confess I do not know why, but looking at the stars always makes me dream.” ― Vincent van Gogh

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” ― C. JoyBell C.

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

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” — Arthur C. Clarke

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” — Carol Burnett

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – W. Clement Stone

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” — William Shakespeare

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle Onassis

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The only journey is the one within.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time.” — Josh Billings

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

“We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” — Jean-Paul Sartre

“Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.” ― Maya Angelou

“He who moves not forward goes backward.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” — Paul Valery

“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“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

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — John F. Kennedy

“Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.” — Napoleon Hill

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” ― David Richo

“How you react emotionally is a choice in any situation.” ― Judith Orloff

“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” — Helen Keller

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” — Audrey Hepburn

“I dwell in possibility.” — Emily Dickinson

“Try and fail, but never fail to try!” ― Jared Leto

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis

“In all things that you do, consider the end.” — Solon

“Pride is a funny thing; it can make what is truly worthless appear to be a treasure.” ― Alice Hoffman

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

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

“I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.” — Rachel Carson

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Fortune favors the brave.” — Publius Terence

“The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.” — Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.” — Paul Bryant

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

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” ― Tricia Cunningham

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Like madness is the glory of this life.” ― William Shakespeare

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.” ― Rumi

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” – Confucius

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” — Napoleon Hill

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” — Robert H. Schuller

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!” ― Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” ― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” — Plutarch

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ― C.S. Lewis

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.” — Richard Monckton Milnes

“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” ― Ray A. Davis

“Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” — Lucretius

“Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” – Zig Ziglar


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