"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spends himself in worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end of the triumph of high achievements; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knows neither defeat nor victory"
- Theodore Roosevelt (April 10, 1899)
"The important thing is this; To be able, at any moment, be willing to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
- Charles Du Bos
"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching."
- Anson Dorrance
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts a forever."
- Lance Armstrong
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perserverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."
"All great athletes make mistakes; the great ones learn to make that mistake only once."
- Mia Hamm