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1. "In athletics, the idea of possibility is presumed. It's not 'if;' it's 'how.'"
Author: Aimee Mullins
2. "I got involved in athletics during physical education lessons at school."
Author: Alberto Juantorena
3. "We want to make sure our athletes have a future once their athletics careers are over."
Author: Alberto Juantorena
4. "Encourage kids to enjoy running and play in athletics. Don't force them to run too much competition."
Author: Arthur Lydiard
5. "Myself, Marion Jones and Michael Johnson all got married on the same day because it was the only point on the athletics' schedule we could fit in. October 3, 1998."
Author: Ato Boldon
6. "For too long the world has failed to recognise that the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement are about fine athletics and fine art."
Author: Avery Brundage
7. "Athletics provided a life preserver for me, and that maybe kept me out of trouble. I never partied in high school. I mostly just dated."
Author: Bill Fagerbakke
8. "The institutions of college athletics exist primarily as unreality fueled by deceit. The unreality is that universities should be in the business of providing large spectacles of mass entertainment. The fundamental absurdity of that notion requires the promulgation of the various deceits necessary to carry it out."
Author: Charlie Pierce
9. "A sport has its own built-in integrity, doesn't need an artificial one. Athletics carries its own set of truths, and those truths are diminished and manipulated by people with agendas."
Author: Chris Crutcher
10. "In my heart of hearts my motivation would always have been to be the best, and I think that athletics is probably what I was built for."
Author: Daley Thompson
11. "I love athletics. As an athlete, I like to believe I can still do the things I used to do when I was once young."
Author: Dominique Dawes
12. "There were letters for her at the bureau-one from her brother, full of athletics and biology; one from her mother, delightful as only mother's letters could be. She had read in it of the crocuses which had been bought for yellow and were coming up puce, of the new parlour-maid, who had watered the ferns with essence of lemonade..."
Author: E.M. Forster
13. "I didn't get an athletics scholarship at a major school."
Author: Edwin Moses
14. "Frankly," said the Doctor, "I am at a loss to understand my own emotions. I can think of no entertainment that fills me with greater detestation than a display of competitive athletics, none - except possibly folk dancing."
Author: Evelyn Waugh
15. "Look, girls. It is important to all of us that we win this game, right? Well, when it comes to athletics, boys are simply better suited than girls. It's a fact of nature that no one can change. I'm sorry, but maybe you can play next time when it's less crucial."
Author: Francine Pascal
16. "All athletes speak about the mental element of athletics, and it usually boils down to the same thing: if you can remove your ego from the game, you can function with much more clarity and you are more likely to succeed. Wouldn't it be interesting if we all began speaking about the mental element of our lives in this way?"
Author: Garth Stein
17. "The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about. Athletics don't make anybody long-lived or useful."
Author: George Santayana
18. "Athletics: it's a wonderful thing, it's a spell-binding thing, nothing in life has quite as much pageantry, as much emotion within a finite time frame, it's incredibly exciting."
Author: H. G. Bissinger
19. "I always said I wanted to be a great athlete, ever since I was an overweight little kid. I just love competing in any kind of athletics."
Author: Herschel Walker
20. "To me, we must learn to spell the word RESPECT. We must respect the rights and properties of our fellowman. And then learn to play the game of life, as well as the game of athletics, according to the rules of society. If you can take that and put it into practice in the community in which you live, then, to me you have won the greatest championship."
Author: Jesse Owens
21. "I can't compare family to athletics."
Author: Joe Namath
22. "In athletics there's always been a willingness to cheat if it looks like you're not cheating. I think that's just a quirk of human nature."
Author: Kareem Abdul Jabbar
23. "When I talk to youngsters today, especially those involved in athletics, I tell them to get their education first."
Author: Ken Norton
24. "If the IAAF feel that is the right way to go for TV rights and everything, the rule will stay. As much as I want to be on the podium, tonight is a sad night for athletics."
Author: Kim Collins
25. "In athletics, older runners tend to go for longer races, but it's the opposite in swimming because your body can't handle the endurance."
Author: Kirsty Coventry
26. "It was all here for me, just as it has all been here for you, the best and the worst of Western Civilization, if you cared to pay attention: music, finance, government, architecture, law and sculpture and painting, history and medicine and athletics and every sort of science, and books, books, books, and teachers and role models.People so smart you can't believe it, and people so dumb you can't believe it. People so nice you can't believe it, and people so mean you can't believe it."
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
27. "I grew up knowing I would be good at athletics, and dreams of a Super Bowl were always within reach as long as I progressed."
Author: Matt Willig
28. "I could produce spurts of speed and after taking up athletics I found myself running quite quickly over 400m."
Author: Michael East
29. "Our politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts of show business, largely without protest or even much popular notice. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death."
Author: Neil Postman
30. "These have always been my legs. I train harder than other guys, eat better, sleep better and wake up thinking about athletics. I think that's probably why I'm a bit of an exception."
Author: Oscar Pistorius
31. "In terms of soccer, it wasn't really a thing that girls did. In England it more kind of Net Ball and Hockey and stuff like that in athletics. It's to each their own, really."
Author: Parminder Nagra
32. "Don't walk through life just playing football. Don't walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone's life, that's the ultimate vision, that's the ultimate goal - bottom line."
Author: Ray Lewis
33. "The three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty."
Author: Robert M. Hutchins
34. "Most people who do a lot of exercise, particularly in the form of competitive athletics, have unneurotic, extraverted, optimistic personalities to begin with. (Marathon runners are exceptions to this.)"
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
35. "Athletics is a luxury."
Author: Roger Bannister
36. "Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts."
Author: Roger Staubach
37. "But sex as a physical act is merely athletics, a momentary relief. What it needs to be powerful is desire, and the strongest element of desire is longing. It's in the work. Desider-, sidus: from the stars. The longing that reaches beyond space and time."
Author: Rosemary Sullivan
38. "Not a lot of people know me outside of athletics and believe it or not I am actually quite shy. The exhilaration of a win or tears after falling are the extremes. It takes me a while to get to know someone, but once I do I am very loyal to my old friends."
Author: Sally Pearson
39. "I wouldn't say "art" as much as "virtue," in the ancient Greek sense of "andreia" – manly action – or "arete," excellence. In my experience, Resistance kicks in any time we try to move ourselves from a lower plane to a higher. In other words, when we try to align with the better parts of our nature. This move can be creative (art) or physical (athletics) or it can be ethical, moral or spiritual. Have you ever tried to meditate? I have and it kicks my butt every time. Spiritual stuff is hard! But so is making "cold calls" if you're opening a new business. Somehow the principle is the same. We're trying to overcome our natural laziness, selfishness, sloppiness, etc. So I wouldn't say "art," I'd say "virtue."
Author: Steven Pressfield
40. "Because I just like sports, I like athletics and I like competition."
Author: Trishelle Cannatella
41. "Most of us would give anything for the chance to play just one day of MLB baseball—especially for our favorite team. Well, there once was a pitcher named Bock Baker who actually got two opportunities to pitch in the big leagues. He took the mound for Cleveland against the Chicago White Sox in his big league debut. How did he fare? Well, he pitched a complete game. Pretty spectacular, right? Well, sure—but it depends on your perspective. He gave up 23 hits and 13 runs. Baker never pitched for Cleveland again, but the Philadelphia Athletics gave him a second big league start that same year (1901). He lasted juts six innings, and lost again after giving up 11 runs—and then his career was over."
Author: Tucker Elliot
42. "In those days I was terrible at athletics and never made a team, but quite easily led my class in academics."
Author: William Standish Knowles
43. "Coming from a farming background, I saw nothing out of the ordinary in running barefoot, although it seemed to startle the rest of the athletics world. I have always enjoyed going barefoot and when I was growing up I seldom wore shoes, even when I went into town."
Author: Zola Budd

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