Quotes to Run To …

I’m a quote guy. I love quotes. Ever since I was a teenager if I read or heard a quote I liked I would write it down. I have a number of quote journals — too many to count.

Quotes can be a motivating power, they can be a affirmation of your actions or a much needed spark of inspiration. They’ve been pivotal in my weight-loss, running and — life — journey. So my collection is quite varied for many different reasons.

I’ve had a few quote posts here on the bloggy blog before, but it’s been a while — and my collection has grown a bit. So I decided to share some of my favorites. These quotes are mostly relatable to running, but there are some that just good solid life quotes here as well that I just love.

And, even many of those quotes can be related to running.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the collection. I share many of these on the wasatch.run and The Runcast Instagram pages. So if you love quotes just as much as me, make sure to follow those two accounts.

So without any further adieu here are my favorite quotes. Let me know some of your favorite running quotes in the comments below …


Quotes to Run to …

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” — George Sheehan

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

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

“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

“Everything you can imagine is real.”  — Pablo Picasso

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

“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

“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“To win without risk is to triumph without glory.” — Pierre Cornielle

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” — Viktor E. Frankl

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” — Jamie Paolinetti

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

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” — Roy T. Bennett

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

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

“There is no illusion greater than fear.” — Lao Tzu

“Running is real and relatively simple — but it ain’t easy.” — Mark Will-Weber

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

“As we run, we become.” — Amby Burfoot

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

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” — Jesse Owens

“Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness.” — Dean Karnazes

“The long run puts the tiger in the cat.” — Bill Squires

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” — Seneca

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” — George Sheenan 

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

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

“Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone.” — Ken Chlouber

“The difference in winning & losing is most often, not quitting.” — Walt Disney

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

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill

“Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.” — William Shakespeare

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

“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.” — John Burroughs

“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

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

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius

“Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.” — Lowell Thomas

“I’ve learned that it’s what you do with the miles, rather than how many you’ve run” — Rod DeHaven

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Edison

“Tears streamed down my face as I crossed the finish line. I was a new person, a runner” — Thomas King

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” — Helen Keller

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” — Samuel Beckett

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” — Beverly Sills

“Man imposes his own limitations, don’t set any” — Anthony Bailey

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

“There’s something so universal about that sensation, the way running unites our two most primal impulses: fear and pleasure.” — Christopher McDougall

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

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” — Jack Canfield

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon” — Kathrine Switzer

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards. — Alberto Salazar

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” — Juma Ikangaa

“When you cross the finish line, no matter how slow or fast, it will change your life forever” — Dick Beardsley

“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Elliot

“Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.” — George Sheehan

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” — Walt Disney

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” — Dean Karnazes

“All it takes is all you got.” — Marc Davis

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“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 greatest pleasure in life, is doing the things people say we cannot do.” — Walter Bagehot

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

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” — William Shakespeare

“My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.” — John Bryant

“Don’t fight the trail, take what it gives you. If you have a choice between one step or two between rocks, take three.” — Christopher McDougall

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

“‘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

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

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.” — Jesse Owens

“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 true but rare runner’s high is a zone that we enter when everything seems to click prefectly, when time stands still, and when we can run almost without effort” — Amby Burfoot

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

“You don’t have to be fast. But you’d better be fearless.” — Christopher McDougall

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“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

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

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” — Marcus Aurelius

“To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.” — Richie Norton

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

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

“The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something in him that is just perfect.” — George Sheenan 

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” — Vincent van Gogh

“Clear your mind of can’t.” — Samuel Johnson

“We have killed our souls with comfort instead of seeking fulfillment and achievement.” — Dean Karnazes

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

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


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