45 Motivational George Sheehan Quotes For Success In Life

George A. Sheehan was a physician, senior athlete, and author who is best known for his writings about the sport of running. His book, “Running & Being: The Total Experience,” became a New York Times bestseller. He was a track star in college, and later became a cardiologist like his father. These George Sheehan Quotes will motivate you.

Best George Sheehan Quotes

  1. “It’s very hard, in the beginning, to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually, you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  2. “There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  3. “Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  4. “The answer to the big questions in running is the same as the answer to the big questions in life: Do the best with what you’ve got.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  5. “The real competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit” ~ George A. Sheehan

  6. “The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  7. “Running is just such a monastery- a retreat, a place to commune with God and yourself, a place for psychological and spiritual renewal.” ~ George Sheehan Quotes
  8. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  9. “Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training, and some are not.” ~ George A. Sheehan

  10. “The study of motivation goes back to the Greeks. Their sports were essential to their education. They saw in sports the integration of body, mind, and soul, the creation of beauty, the mastering of athletics, and the challenge of competition. A French sociologist points this out. “Sports,” he wrote, was part of the education of the citizen. He was expected to engage in exercise for a whole series of reasons that had to do with the shaping of the citizen; the relation between moral good and physical good; and the growth of a person.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  11. “Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and the future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  12. “Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.” ~ George A. Sheehan

  13. “There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion until we settle down / until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  14. “No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences. My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  15. “Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant.” ~ George A. Sheehan

  16. “I have a bumper sticker that Bowen created that says Regardless of my kids grades, they have an ‘A’ in my book’. Without play the child that still lives in all of us will always be incomplete. And not only physically, but creatively, intellectually, and spiritually as well.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  17. “Like everyone else, I want to be challenged. I want to find out whether or not I am a coward. I want to see how much effort I can put out . . . what I can endure . . . if I measure up. Running allows that.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  18. “Success rests with having the courage and endurance and, above all, the will to become the person you are, however peculiar that may be. Then you will be able to say, I found my hero and he is me.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  19. “If you want to win anything – a race, yourself, your life – you have to go a little berserk.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  20. “I will not last forever. But I am damn well going to know I have been here.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  21. “The difference between a jogger and a runner is an entry blank.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  22. “Every runner is an experiment of one.” ~ George A. Sheehan

  23. “Out on the roads, there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  24. “Life is the greatest experiment. Each of us is an experiment of one-observer and subject-making choices, living with them, recording the effects.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  25. “The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory. It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith, and to become one’s own person, utterly and completely.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  26. “To know you are one with what you are doing, to know that you are a complete athlete, begins with believing you are a runner.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  27. “Anything that changes your values changes your behavior.” ~ George A. Sheehan

  28. “I run each day to preserve the self I attained the day before and to secure the self yet to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  29. “There is nothing more certain than the defeat of the man who gives up.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  30. “Life is a positive-sum game. Everyone from the gold medallist to the last finisher can rejoice in a personal victory.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  31. “The most important thing I learned [from running] is that there is only one runner in this race, and that is me.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  32. “Exercise is done against one’s wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  33. “Sport is singularly able to give us peak experience where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  34. “We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely… change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  35. “I have found my hero and he is me.” ~ George A. Sheehan

  36. “For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear leaves and listen to rain and look to the day when it all is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  37. “Some think guts is sprinting at the end of a race. But guts is what got you there to begin with. Guts start back in the hills with 6 miles to go and you’re thinking of how you can get out of this race without anyone noticing. Guts begin when you still have forty minutes of torture left and you’re already hurting more than you ever remember.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  38. “Running makes you an athlete in all areas of life…trained in the basics, prepared for whatever comes, ready to fill each hour, and deal with the decisive moment.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  39. “The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body.” ~ George Sheehan Quotes
  40. “No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life’s most rewarding experiences.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  41. “The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something in him that is just perfect.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  42. “Of all the races, there is no better stage for heroism than a marathon.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  43. “Once you have decided that winning isn’t everything, you become a winner.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  44. “To keep from decaying, to be a winner, the athlete must accept pain – not only accept it but look for it, live with it, learn not to fear it.” ~ George A. Sheehan

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