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1. "The starting line of the New York Marathon is kind of like a giant time bomb behind you about to go off. It is the most spectacular start in sport."
Author: Bill Rodgers
2. "I might have to do the London Marathon. I like crowds, so that is why I like the big marathons."
Author: Cara Buono
3. "Know why people run marathons? …Because running is rooted in our collective imagination, and our imagination is rooted in running. Language, art, science; space shuttles, Starry Night, intravascular surgery; they all had their roots in our ability to run. Running was the superpower that made us human — which means its a superpower all humans posses."
Author: Christopher McDougall
4. "...in all the Kalahari Desert, only six true hunters remained. The renegades agreed to let Louis hang around, an offer he took to the extreme; once installed, Louis acted like an unemployed in-law, basically squatting with the Bushmen for the next four years...He learned to keep his campfire burning and tent zipped even on the most sweltering nights, since packs of hyenas were known to drag people from open shelters and tear out their throats. He leaned that if you stumble upon an angry lioness and her cubs, you stand tall and make her back down, but in the same situation with a rhino, you run like hell. (p. 234) Know why people run marathons? he said... Because running is rooted in our collective imagination, and our imagination is rooted in running. Language, art, science; space shuttles... intravascular surgery, they all had their roots in our ability to run. Running was the superpower that made us human- which means it's a superpower all humans possess. (p. 239)"
Author: Christopher McDougall
5. "Even though I can't tell others whether they should chase their marathon dreams, I highly recommend they do something completely out of character, something they never in a million years thought they'd do, something they may fail miserably at. Because sometimes the places where you end up finding your true self are the places you never thought to look. That, and I don't want to be the only one who sucks at something."
Author: Dawn Dais
6. "A lot of ultramarathoners are soloists. They're single and live lives off the grid."
Author: Dean Karnazes
7. "Panting like a marathon runner at mile twenty, overheated bloodhound, steam engine crawling up the Continental Divide."
Author: Dennis Vickers
8. "I'm not on a mission. I'm not a paragon of health for anybody. I'm not going to run a marathon or model for 'Men's Health' or go on bike rides with Lance Armstrong. I'm not. Trust me."
Author: Duff Goldman
9. "If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon."
Author: Emil Zatopek
10. "We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon."
Author: Emil Zatopek
11. "Hooper was no romantic. He had not as a child ridden with Rupert's horse or sat among the camp fires at Xanthus-side; at the age when my eyes were dry to all save poetry – that stoic, red-skin interlude which our schools introduce between the fast-flowing tears of the child and the man – Hooper had wept often, but never for Henry's speech on St Crispin's day, nor for the epitaph at Thermopylae. The history they taught him had had few battles in it but, instead, a profusion of detail about humane legislation and recent industrial change. Gallipoli, Balaclava, Quebec, Lepanto, Bannockburn, Roncevales, and Marathon – these, and the Battle in the West where Arthur fell, and a hundred such names whose trumpet-notes, even now in my sere and lawless state, called to me irresistibly across the intervening years with all the clarity and strength of boyhood, sounded in vain to Hooper."
Author: Evelyn Waugh
12. "So, Doc, will I be able to run the Boston Marathon again this year?"
Author: Fannie Flagg
13. "I've run the marathon several times, so I definitely don't look like the Great Ancestor!"
Author: George Takei
14. "Ow!""Hold still," Sinead ordered. "And don't be such a baby." She dabbed at the angry red mark behind Ian's ear. "Cat scratches are prone to infection, you know.""And that's my fault?" Ian raged. "Why don't you lock that animal in the cellar? Or, better still, send him to a violen string factory! Ow! What is this stuff–acid?""My own concoction," she replied cheerfully. "Amy and I use it on our blisters when we do marathon training. Soothing, right?""They practice this kind of soothing in the Lucian stronghold–during interrogations."
Author: Gordon Korman
15. "On the day of the race, as I run those very streets, will I be able to fully enjoy this autumn in New York? Or will I be too preoccupied? I won't know until I actually start running. If there's one hard and fast rule about marathons, it's that."
Author: Haruki Murakami
16. "We eat and sleep and shuffle through the fog, walking a marathon with no finish line, no medals, no cheering."
Author: Isaac Marion
17. "In high school, during marathon phone conversations, cheap pizza dinners and long suburban car rides, I began to fall for boys because of who they actually were, or at least who I thought they might become."
Author: J. Courtney Sullivan
18. "Being the lead of the show and working a lot of hours - all good stuff, a tremendous education, incredible opportunity, it changed my life - it was a marathon, and by the end of it I was pretty beat."
Author: James Van Der Beek
19. "I run like I have cirrus clouds for legs and rainbow knees. What is life, if not a marathon of love?"
Author: Jarod Kintz
20. "I want to write the Boston Marathon of run-on sentences. And since it'll be so long, I'll replace all the commas with the word Gatorade, to help push people through it."
Author: Jarod Kintz
21. "Running, it runs in my family. Wheelchairs also run in my family. Is it possible to race in a marathon while sitting down?"
Author: Jarod Kintz
22. "I got ran over by a marathon runner. It was a hit and run."
Author: Jarod Kintz
23. "The Federal appropriations process is a marathon, not a sprint, and we are at the beginning of that process."
Author: Jim Walsh
24. "Publication is a marathon, not a sprint. Writing the book is only the start."
Author: Jo Linsdell
25. "A couple of years ago I ran in the LA Marathon."
Author: Joan Van Ark
26. "It's kind of like a midlife crisis kind of thing. When you turn 40, you have to run the marathon, while all the parts still work properly."
Author: Joe Bastianich
27. "This was truly to be a radical milestone: the world's first-ever marathon nude psychotherapy session for criminal psychopaths. Elliott's raw, naked, LSD-fueled sessions lasted for epic eleven day stretches. The psychopaths spent every waking moment journeying to their darkest corners in an attempt to get better. There were no distractions—no television, no clothes, no clocks, no calendars, only a perpetual discussion (at least one hundred hours every week) of their feelings. When they got hungry, they sucked food through straws that protruded through the walls. As during Paul Bindrim's own nude psychotherapy sessions, the patients were encouraged to go to their rawest emotional places by screaming and clawing at the walls and confessing fantasies of forbidden sexual longing for one another..."
Author: Jon Ronson
28. "What about little microphones? What if everyone swallowed them, and they played the sounds of our hearts through little speakers, which could be in the pouches of our overalls? When you skateboarded down the street at night you could hear everyone's heartbeat, and they could hear yours, sort of like sonar. One weird thing is, I wonder if everyone's hearts would start to beat at the same time, like how women who live together have their menstrual periods at the same time, which I know about, but don't really want to know about. That would be so weird, except that the place in the hospital where babies are born would sound like a crystal chandelier in a houseboat, because the babies wouldn't have had time to match up their heartbeats yet. And at the finish line at the end of the New York City Marathon it would sound like war."
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
29. "I knew how to block out my issues in a sprint, but in marathons I ran out of gas. Consistency became a critical problem. On days that I was inspired, I was unstoppable. But other days I would play bad chess. The time had come for me to learn the science of long-term, healthy, self-sustaining peak performance."
Author: Josh Waitzkin
30. "You're running out of tomorrows." Running out of tomorrows, I repeated to myself in my room, sprawling across my bed to begin another midnight marathon of homework. Sometimes I felt as if there were no tomorrows, that everything, my whole life, was crammed into one long day. A continuous stretch of meaningless time. Sometimes I even wished there was no tomorrow, if this was all I had to look forward to. (Chapter.10)"
Author: Julie Anne Peters
31. "It's about time! It's supposed to be a ritual, not a marathon."
Author: Karen Chance
32. "I'd treat myself to a reading marathon all weekend. All the ice cream I could eat, all the pages I could read. Heaven."
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
33. "A novel takes the courage of a marathon runner, and as long as you have to run, you might as well be a winning marathon runner. Serendipity and blind faith faith in yourself won't hurt a thing. All the bastards in the world will snicker and sneer because they haven't the talent to zip up their flies by themselves. To hell with them, particularly the critics. Stand in there, son, no matter how badly you are battered and hurt."
Author: Leon Uris
34. "But most of all I was inspired by the stirring examples of all the other runners. In some pictures they would seem like tiny dots in a mosaic, but each had a separate narrative starting a few months or a lifetime earlier and finishing that day in the New York City Marathon, the race with 37,000 stories."
Author: Mark Sutcliffe
35. "Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons."
Author: Michael Jackson
36. "I look at directing as a sporting event. It's a race, a marathon. It's great when it clicks, which is why I push my crews so hard so we can excel."
Author: Michael Bay
37. "My new obsession is 'Storage Wars.' I don't know how such a simple show concept can be so addicting, but I can sit and watch marathons of it."
Author: Nathan Kress
38. "Playing a three-hour Rush show is like running a marathon while solving equations."
Author: Neil Peart
39. "To me, drum soloing is like doing a marathon and solving equations at the same time."
Author: Neil Peart
40. "I'd managed to snatch a few more hours of rest, which was all I needed, so I felt fine despite our marathon evening of debauchery."
Author: Nicole Peeler
41. "So . . . what is this fire river called?""The Phlegethon," [Annabeth] said. "You should concentrate on going down.""The Phlegethon?" [Percy] shinnied along the ledge. They'd made it roughly a third of the way down the cliff—still high enough up to die if they fell. "Sounds like a marathon for hawking spitballs.""Please don't make me laugh," she said."Just trying to keep things light."
Author: Rick Riordan
42. "The Persian VersionTruth-loving Persians do not dwell uponThe trivial skirmish fought near Marathon.As for the Greek theatrical traditionWhich represents that summer's expeditionNot as a mere reconnaisance in forceBy three brigades of foot and one of horse(Their left flank covered by some obsoleteLight craft detached from the main Persian fleet)But as a grandiose, ill-starred attemptTo conquer Greece - they treat it with contempt;And only incidentally refuteMajor Greek claims, by stressing what reputeThe Persian monarch and the Persian nationWon by this salutary demonstration:Despite a strong defence and adverse weatherAll arms combined magnificently together."
Author: Robert Graves
43. "For most of the track world, the Olympic year is such a huge year, and it's a big year for us marathoners too."
Author: Ryan Hall
44. "Marathon running, for me, was the most controlled test of mettle that I could ever think of. It's you against Darwin."
Author: Ryan Reynolds
45. "Angela spared a glare for Kami, and then resumed her marathon glaring session at Jared. 'It's too weird. I'm going to call you Carl.'Jared scowled. 'I don't want you to call me Carl.''That's interesting, Carl,' said Angela, cheering up."
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
46. "A doable goal for me is to finish a marathon under four hours. I'm doing all the training, but the hardest part is eating right."
Author: Sean Astin
47. "He imagined the scene at the gates of heaven to be not unlike that at the finish line of a long and grueling marathon: everyone high-fiving, hugging, collapsing, elated that it's over, yes, it's finally over, pouring cups of water over one another's heads and saying, Holy shit, dude, that was fucking brutal. I am never doing that again."
Author: Shalom Auslander
48. "Rincewind had always been happy to think of himself as a racist. The One Hundred Meters, the Mile, the Marathon -- he'd run them all."
Author: Terry Pratchett
49. "It says: Graham home Marathon, Florida. Save yourself. Kill them all."
Author: Thomas Harris
50. "And yes, to answer you seriously, I am beginning to be... well, not bored, but tempted; afraid, but tempted. When you've been in pain for a long time, when you wake up every morning with a rising sense of hysteria, then boredom is what you want, marathon sleeps, a silence in yourself."
Author: Truman Capote

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