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Roger Bannister Quotes and Sayings

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Life was very simple.
My parents had come from the North of England,
which is a fairly rugged, bleak, hard-working part of England,
and so there was not the expectation of luxury.
- Roger Bannister

May is a very early time in the year and the weather is usually bad.
You cannot run a fast mile race if there is a strong wind,
because it makes your running uneven.
- Roger Bannister

I think that is a universal adolescent feeling,
trying to find your place.
The adolescent who is perfectly adjusted to his environment,
I've yet to meet.
- Roger Bannister

My athleticism was really the core to social acceptance,
because in those days the overwhelming number of students
came from more of a public school background than I did.
- Roger Bannister

 

I found longer races boring.
I found the mile just perfect.
- Roger Bannister

I was playing rugby and the other games English school children do,
and there was an event in which races were run,
and I won these by a considerable margin.
- Roger Bannister

I was involved in music, acting, and some running,
but my firm wish was to become a doctor.
That was the formative age when I had decided on the pattern of my career.
- Roger Bannister

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I came from such a simple origin, without any great privilege,
and I would say I also wanted to make a mark.
It wasn't until I was about 15 that I appeared in a race.
- Roger Bannister

My introduction to track racing was through the background
of cross country running,
which is not a sport perhaps as popular in America as it is in England.
- Roger Bannister

I enjoy singing, and the instruments which truly move me are the horn,
the trumpet and the cello.
- Roger Bannister

My family actually lived in the same village for about 400 years.
They had great stability until the last century.
People lived and intermarried in small villages.
- Roger Bannister

It had always been a British preoccupation to hold this mile record.
- Roger Bannister

The man who can drive himself further once the effort
gets painful is the man who will win.
- Roger Bannister

If there was the opportunity to climb a mountain,
or to go ballooning, or some adventurous activity,
I would always be keen to do it.
I loved the countryside.
- Roger Bannister

I couldn't disappoint people.
I did not want to fail and exhaust myself,
because I was the kind of runner who trained so little
that I couldn't race again within another 10 days.
- Roger Bannister

Athletics is a luxury.
- Roger Bannister

It's a question of spreading the available energy,
aerobic and anaerobic, evenly over four minutes.
If you run one part too fast, you pay a price.
If you run another part more slowly your overall time is slower.
- Roger Bannister

I wanted to be a neurologist.
That seemed to be the most difficult,
most intriguing, and the most important aspect of medicine,
which had links with psychology, aggression,
behavior, and human affairs.
- Roger Bannister

Our house was bombed, and the roof fell in.
We were sitting under the stairs of the basement,
and we were quite safe, but it brought home the realization.
In two nights 400 people were killed in small town.
- Roger Bannister

I raced supremely well.
I felt I was as well fitted to do it as I had ever been,
and as perhaps I might ever be.
I went climbing three weeks before, because I was feeling fed up with running.
- Roger Bannister

Mothers, unless they were very poor,
didn't work.
Both of my parents had to leave education.
My mother had to work in a cotton mill until 18 or 19,
when she took some training in domestic science.
- Roger Bannister

I lived on the top of one hill and the school was at the top of another hill.
Nobody ever went to school by car - we didn't have any cars during the war.
So that to and from school was itself a training.
- Roger Bannister

When I was about to break a world record and become well known,
my mother used to say that for her the important thing
was for me to become a doctor -
a career which had not been possible in her generation and in her society.
Sport was something to be set aside.
- Roger Bannister

I was always a great bundle of energy.
As a child, instead of walking, I would run.
And so running, which is a pain to a lot of people,
was always a pleasure to me because it was so easy.
- Roger Bannister

You get very tired, and there was a certain amount of pain and you slow up.
Your legs are so tired that you are in fact slowing.
If you don't keep running, keep your blood circulating,
the muscles stop pumping the blood back and you get dizzy.
- Roger Bannister

I've always been very impatient.
At age 10 I frankly found life boring,
and I can remember age 9 having the awful thought,
as it seems now looking back on it, A war!
That should liven things up a bit!
- Roger Bannister

The reason sport is attractive to many of the general
public is that it's filled with reversals.
What you think may happen doesn't happen.
A champion is beaten, an unknown becomes a champion.
- Roger Bannister

The Athletic Association competed against the University.
So there was an event.
You cannot break world records unless it is an established event,
and you have three timekeepers, and the whole thing is organized.
- Roger Bannister

Your spikes, which were really quite long then,
would catch the material of the track and your shoe would get heavier.
I was simply filing them down and rubbing some graphite on the spikes.
I thought I would run more effectively.
- Roger Bannister

My concentration was really on getting to university and becoming a doctor.
My parents let me know that school marks were important.
Achievement was something which came by hard work.
- Roger Bannister

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Happiness walks on busy feet.
- Kitte Turmell

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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