We find some of the following inspirational, some make us think and others make us laugh - please make up your own minds which is which.
"Always aim for the stars, you may not reach them, but in failing you may reach the moon" - Anon.
"Do not worry, it is only pain" - Franz Stampfl (1913-1995), who coached Roger Bannister to the first sub-four minute mile, explaining the transient nature of the discomfort that his charges felt during training sessions compared to the results.
"Always concentrate on the easy shots, you will automatically concentrate on the hard ones" - Anon.
"Work discipline was undoubtedly a concept devised and perfected by a new class of industrialists" - James Walvin, author of Leisure and Society 1830-1950, explaining how, a rigid adherence to set working hours and, by extension the work ethic came about during the industrial revolution, driven by the need to maximse the return on capital invested in the new factories.
"No-one ever said on their deathbed "I wish I'd spent more time in the office"" - Anon
"This is sport, not war, nobody died out there today." Boris Becker, keeping his perspective after being knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round, when being questioned by journalists, who expected a somewhat more histrionic reaction.
"She has grown ugly, by Jove" - Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) (1769-1852), in 1806 about Kitty Pakenham, his bride, at their wedding. She had been his childhood sweetheart, but he was not sufficiently elevated at that stage to marry her. He went overseas with the army, made his name, while she faithfully waited for him. He returned a Major-General and a knight and married her, refusing to meet her beforehand.
"Wilkes, you sir will die
either on the gallows, or of the pox" - Lord Sandwich
"That, must depend on whether I embrace your lordship's principles or your mistress" - John Wilkes (1727-1797)
"Take a good look at my face now because once the race starts all you're going to see is my back" - Jack Holden (1907- ), to his rivals on the start line of the 1950 Empire Games marathon. He went on to win the race by 4 minutes, despite running the last 10 miles in with bare feet. Later in the year, aged 43, he also won the European Games race.
"The people have spoken, the bastards" - Dick Tuck, after losing the 1966 California State Senate race (also attributed to Morris Udall in 1976 after failing to achieve the Democratic presidential nomination)n.
Things they wish they'd said differently
"It is a great wall" - Richard Nixon, reflecting the awe that most people feel, when asked what he thought of the Great Wall of China during his historic 1972 visit to China
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" - what Neil Armstrong intended to say on July 20th 1969. He says that he did say it, but that the microphone failed to pick up, the "a", thereby making the sentence gobbledegook to the millions listening on earth.
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