Over the years I have used other peoples words as motivation and ways to live my life.  I owe a lot of who I am to my family, friends, teachers, coaches and religious.  Here is a list of some of my favorite quotes, including some great ones by St. Francis de Sales.
St. Francis de Sales Quotes
"Be who you are, and be that well"
Be Humble

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.St. Francis de Sales. 

Practice Good Teamwork

 “A spoon full of honey gets more flies than a barrel full of vinegar.”  St. Francis de Sales. 

Strength of Character

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength”~St. Francis de Sales. 

Act as a Good Example

 Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.” ~St. Francis de Sales. 

Being Responsible

 We have freedom to do good or evil; yet to make choice of evil, is not to use, but to abuse our freedom.” ~St. Francis de Sales. 


When charity requires it we must freely and mildly communicate to our neighbor not only what is his instruction, but also what is profitable for his consolation.”~St. Francis de Sales. 

Other Great Quotes
It's not the win, it's being better than you've ever been" ~ Fr. Beattie (Salesianum legendary coach)

“It’s nice to be great, but far greater to be nice” ~Fr. Beattie


“Let your eyes look straight ahead and your glance be directly forward.

Survey the path for your feet, and let all your ways be sure.”—Proverbs 4:25-26 


"Hard work is the price we must all pay for success.  I think we can accomplish almost anything if we are willing to pay the price.  The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”  Vince Lombardi
“Too many people fail because they give up what they want most for what they want in the moment.”

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life,
because you get out of it what you put into it."

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.  Mario Andretti
“Nothing great ever happens without enthusiasm.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”  Theodore Roosevelt

I judge a person’s worth by the kind of person he is in life – by the way he treats his fellow man, by the way he wants to be treated, and by the way he respects people around him”  Calvin Murphy

“A great leader is less concerned about his popularity and more concerned about holding everyone to their highest standards and driving his teammates to their potential.”  – Dorrance. 
Not long ago, to ‘believe in your self’ meant taking a principled and often lonely, stand when it appeared difficult or dangerous to do so.  Now it means accepting one’s own desires and inclinations, whatever they may be, and taking whatever steps that may be necessary to advance them.”  William Damon

“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.”  Carlos de Montesquieu

“I never blame failure – there are too many complicated situations in life – but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.”  F. Scott Fitzgerald

“One of life’s most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn’t do our homework, that we are not prepared.” Merlin Olsen

“Always take the time to show compassion for those less fortunate, and there are many.  Take the time to help a young child cross the street, or to carry a bag of groceries for an elderly lady.  And every now and then, look up into that big, beautiful, blue sky and admit that there are things in this world more wondrous that yourself.”  Jack Lambert

Proverbs, 30:8

“First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.”


 “When you put yourself on the line in a race and
expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things
about yourself that are very exciting.” - Doris Brown Heritage 

“Only one person and one person only will determine
 how good of a runner you become...
 You will become as good as you let yourself be.
  That one person is you.”
If the miles behind me could be put into words before you…
you would feel my efforts, my struggles, my desires,
most of all you would see my joy…
Watch me from afar run the trails and hills
and miles upon miles and you will see…
           - a runner
The real purpose of running isn't to win a race; it's to test the limits of the human heart  - Bill Bowerman 
Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.  - Wiliam J.H. Boetcker
The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.  - Juma Ikangaa, Tanzania  
The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.  - Dr. George Sheehan