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Quotes of the Day for 21 July 2004 – Endurance

Reader Brian Dye wrote to ask for a set of quotes on competition or endurance. I could easily satisfy either, but based on Brian's activities I thought endurance was the more appropriate. He is preparing, with his wife Clara, to run the Ironman Triathlon in a charitable competition. (See ad below.) The event includes a 2.4 mile swim followed by 112 miles by bicycle and then running a full marathon (26.2 miles). If that's not endurance, how about their training regimen? Brian and Clara have swam 360 miles, biked 6,610, and run 1,599.

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The quotes:

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
     - Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712 - 1778

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.
     - Josiah Gilbert Holland, 1819 - 1881

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
     - Vincent Thomas Lombardi, 1913 - 1970

To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained - who can say this is not greatness?
     - William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811 - 1863

Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
     - Horace Greeley, 1811 - 1872

That which was hard to endure is sweet to remember.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910


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