Quotes

Quotes

Robert
Rozenberg
2007

Lance
Armstrong

Al
Bundy

Mohammed
Ali

Divers

 

Lance Armstrong

 

It’s [cycling] a sport of self-abuse

Lance Armstong

It’s not about the bike

Wielrennen

Once someone asked me what pleasure I got out of riding my bike for so
long.
“Pleasure?” I asked. “I don’t understand the question.
I didn’t do it for the pleasure. I did it for the pain.

Lance Armstrong –

It’s not about the bike

Wielrennen

Pain is temporary, quitting is forever

Lance Armstong

It’s not about the bike

Wielrennen

There was a second
supremely sweet moment of
victory.
As I made my way through the finish area, I passed the Cofidis team.
Assorted members of the organization stood around, the men who I felt had left me for dead in a hospital room.
That was for you,” I said as I moved past them.”

Lance Armstrong
after winning the opening time trial and becoming the leader of the 1999 Tour de France

Wielrennen

This is my body.
And I can do whatever I want to it.
I can push it. Study it. Tweak it. Listen to it.
Everybody wants to know what I’m on. What am I on?
I’m on my bike busting my ass six hours a day.
What are you on?

Lance Armstrong

Wielrennen

This is not
Disneyland, or Hollywood.
I’ll give you an example:
I’ve read that I flew up the hills and mountains of France.
But you don’t fly up a hill.
You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill,
and maybe, if you work very
hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else.

Lance Armstrong

Wielrennen

Al Bundy

 

Health people are like dinosaurs. They’re not fit to survive

Al bundy

Filosoof

If God had wanted women
to play ball, he would’ve made them men.

Al bundy

Filosoof

if walking is so good for you, then why does my mailman look like Jabba The Hut ?

Al Bundy

Filosoof

It’s only a game if you
win,
if you lose it’s a
stinking waste of time.

Al bundy

Filosoof

Kelly, it’s not that we
don’t believe you.
It’s just that we don’t believe in love

Al bundy

 

Filosoof

Let me explain. It’s just
like an elevator.
There’s a 2 ton weight limit on those shoes

Al bundy

Filosoof

Milwaukee.
That’s the town they build around you mother, isn’t it, Peg?

Al bundy

Filosoof

Sure selling shoes is
fun.
But behind the glamour, it’s like any other minimum wage slow death.

Al bundy

 

Filosoof

Mohammed Ali

 

“What’s my name, fool? What’s my name?”
What Ali kept yelling while winning a 1967 decision against Ernie Terrell,
who had insisted on calling him Cassius Clay.

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it, and I didn’t want
it.
I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God – and I insist
people use it when speaking to me and of me.

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

Champions aren’t made in gyms.
Champions are made from something they have deep inside them:
A desire, a dream, a vision.
They have to have last-minute stamina,
they have to be a little faster,
they have to have the skill and the will.
But the will must be stronger than the skill.

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

Don’t count the days, make the days count

Muhammed Ali

Boksen

Float like a butterfly.
Sting like a bee
Your hands can’t hit
what your eyes can’t see

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

gave me this illness to remind me that I’m not number One; he isGod

Muhammed Ali

Boksen

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

I figured that if I said it enough,
I would convince the world that I really was the greatest

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel
room and was in bed before the room was dark.

Muhammad Ali

 

Boksen

I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived
cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and
Moses were around,
so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just
beat people up

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

It’s not bragging if you can back it up

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

Pleasure is not
happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.

Muhammed Ali

 

Boksen

Superman don’t need no seat belt.

Muhammad Ali
in een vliegtuig

Boksen

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses –
behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road,
long before I dance under those lights

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

The man who has no imagination has no wings

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble

Muhammad Ali

Boksen

Divers

 

Luck is the residue of design

Branch Rickey

Honkball 1881-1965

Honkball

Problems are the price you pay for progress

Branch Rickey

Honkball 1881-1965

Honkball

For four years I was in
every court.
I lost the desire to be like every other sportsman.
But cycling paid and many youngsters have lost faith in justice.
I’m suffering with this letter.
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The world understands
that all my colleagues have been humiliated in their hotel rooms with hidden
TV cameras, that tried to ruin many families. After that how can you not hurt
yourself?
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I don’t know why I
stopped myself in these moments of anger if I made mistakes I’d like to know
that there is proof, but when my sporting life and above all my private life
was violated I lost a lot.
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I’m in this country and I
want to say that “hasta la victoria
is a great thing for an athlete, but it is more difficult having given your
heart for the sport with accidents and injuries. But I always got back up.
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What is left? Just a lot
of anger and sadness for the violence of the judicial system. My true story
should be an example for other sports. Rules yes, but equal for everybody.
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There’s not a job where
you have to give your blood and where the families of your colleagues are
woken up during the night.
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I was always afraid of
being spied on at home,
in hotels and by TV cameras. I ended up hurting myself to not give up my
intimacy, the intimacy of my girlfriend and of other colleagues who also
lost, of other families who like me were attacked.
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Go and see what a cyclist
is really like.
How many people were involved in my sadness as I tried to make a comeback
with my dreams as a man which were muddied by drugs,
but after my life as an athlete.
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If a bit of humanity
helps us understand and asks what makes us hope, when you make a real mistake
you understand and you fight with your heart.
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This document is the
truth.
My hope is that real men or women can read it and defend equal rules in sport
for everybody. I’m not a liar, I feel hurt and everybody who believed in me
has to speak out.

This is the text of a note written by Italian cyclist Marco Pantani on nine pages of his passport before his death,
and read out at his funeral by his friend and former manager Manuela Ronchi.
The note appeared to have been written during a recent trip to Cuba. It
was written in Italian
and translated by Reuters

Wielrennen

Als ik moet kiezen tussen een vrouw of een
man als coach dan kies ik voor de vrouw.
Het voordeel is dat een vrouw beter hoorbaar is op de kruising.
Ze schreeuwen harder.

Bob de Jong

schaatsen

Als je een ezel een pilleke
geeft, gaat-ie toch nooit een paardenkoers winnen

Roland Liboton

Veldrijden

Always train & never complain

 

 

And on the eighth day God said, “O.K. Murphy. You take over

 

 

Bear to live or dare to
die
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Alexander Pope, Essay on Man

Schrijver

Cycling is like
a churchmany attend, but few understand.

Jim Burlant

Stand-up comedian

Death is certain, life is
not

 

 

Die middelen waren bestemd voor mijn zieke
hond

Franck
Vandenbroucke nadat de Rijkswacht bij hem thuis de stimulerende
stoffen epo, clenbuterol
en morfine aangetroffen had

Wielrennen

Do it
and if it’s the wrong thing to do,
don’t do it again,
but don’t regret it,

don’t have any regrets,

When you die,
just die

Neal Wood

BMX

Luctor et emergo (ik worstel en kom boven)

 

 

Do one thing, every day, that scares you

Mary Schmich
Sunscreen speech

Student

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life,
the most interesting people I know, didn’t know at twenty-two what to do with
their lives,
some of the most interesting forty
year olds still don’t

Mary SchmichSunscreen speech

 

student

Don’t waste you time on jealousy,
the race is long,
some times you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind,
but in the end it’s only but yourself

Mary SchmichSunscreen speech

 

student

Don’t waste your time or
time will waste you

 

 

Egotism is the
anaesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity

Frank Leahy

 

Elk nadeel heb z’n voordeel

Johan Cruijff, 1997

Voetbal

Exercise is bunk.
If you’re healthy, you don’t need it;
if you are sick, you shouldn’t take it

Henry Ford

 

President VS

For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name
He marks – not that you won or lost –
But how you played the game

Grantland
Rice, 1880-1954

Dichter

Half the game is mental, the other half is being mental

Jim McKenny,

ijshockey

I guess I just have bigger ovaries

Missy Giove

Downhill

I have seen women walk right past a TV set with a football game on and
– this always amazes me – not stop to watch,
even if the TV is showing replays of what we call a “good hit,”
which is a tackle that causes at least one major internal organ to actually
fly out of a player’s body

Dave Barry

Commentator

I have something to say,
It’s better to burn out,
then to fade away

The Kurgan, Highlander
I

 

Film

I really lack the words to compliment myself today

Alberto
Tomba

Skier

I still feel
that variable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice
of a derailer?
We are getting soft… As for
me, give me a fixed gear!

Henri Desgrange

 

Wielrennen

I think my favorite sport in the Olympics is the one in which
you make your way through the snow, you stop, you shoot a gun,
and then you continue on.
In most of the world, it is known as the biathlon, except in New York City, where it is
known as winter.

Michael Ventre
L.A. Daily News

Journalist

I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out

Rodney
Dangerfield

ijshockey

I’m rather scared to
death, than bored to death

 

 

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.

Mario Andretti

Formule 1

If you think training is fun, you’re not training hard enough

Sebastian Coe

Lopen

I’m on the Zoloft to keep from killing y’all

Mike Tyson

Boksen

In great attempts it is glorious even to fail

Wilfred A. Peterson

 

In Russia,
if a male athelete loses he becomes a female athelete.

Yakov
Smirnoff

Stand-up comedian

It may
be that your sole purpose
in life is simply to
serve as a warning to other

 

 

Life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone

John Mellencamp
– Jack & Diane

Muziek

Life is pain

 

 

Life is the slowest form of suicide

Cease
Frustration

Muziek

Life is what you make it

 

 

Making an animal of yourself relieves the pain of being a man

Manciata

Filosoof

Man was born to live, not just to exist

Evel Knievel

Stuntman

Never eat more than you can lift.

Miss Piggy

 

No guts, no glory

 

 

No pain, no gain

 

 

Of all the things I lost,
I miss my mind the most

Ozzy Osbourne

 

Muziek

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching
it.

Knute Rockne
1888-1931

American Football
Noorweegse Coach

Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano
men moet een gezonde geest in een gezond lichaam wensen

Juvenal
AD 60-130, Satires X 356

Filosof

Pain is French bread

 

 

Pain is inevitable;
suffering is optional

 

 

Pain is temporarily,
glory is forever

 

 

Pain is weakness leaving the body

join
the marines”

Australische advertentie

Pro football is like nuclear warfare.
There are no winners, only survivors 

Frank Gifford

American football
coach

Refuse to loose

 

 

Restlessness is discontent –
and discontent is the first necessity of progress.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man –
and I will show you a failure.

Thomas Alva Edison

 

Wetenschapper

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

Winston Churchill

President GB

Some men see things as the are and say why,
I dream things that never were and say
why not
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Robert Kennedy on his brothers
funeral / George Bernard Shaw:
Back to Methuselah

Politiek

Some people pay a thousand dollars for a tattoo. This scar cost me twenty grand

Matt Hoffman

 

 

succes is een keuze

Royco cuppasoup

Reclame

Success is not final,
failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

Winston Churchill

 

President GB

That what does not kill us, makes us stronger

Friedrich Nietzsche,
Twilight Of The Idols

Filosoof

The best rides are the ones where you
bite off much more than you can chew–and
live through it

Doug Bradbury

 

Wielrennen

The more you sweat in practice,
the less you bleed in battle

 

 

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but
taking part.
The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.

Baron de Coubertin, 1908 speech london
Olympic games

 

Saying the word doesn’t make is so

 

I was born ready

 

The Only thing necessary for the triumph of
evil is for good men to do nothing

Edmund
Burke

 

The problem with Italian food is that six days later you’re hungry
again

Frank Miller, 1991

marathon

The revolution will not
be televised

 

 

There is a feeling I get,
when I look to the west and my spirit is crying for leaving

Led Zeppelin
stairway to heaven

Muziek

There is no trying, only
doing

 

 

There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore
like an idiot

Steven Wright

Stand-up comedian

These are my new shoes.
They’re good shoes.
They won’t make you rich like me,
they won’t make you rebound like me,
they definitely won’t make you handsome like me.
They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.

Charles Barkley

 

Basketball

This is the world,
men are the gas pedals and women are
the brakes

 

 

thought no more was needed
Youth to prolong
Than dumb-bell and foil
To keep the body young.
O who would have foretold
That the heart grows old ?

W.B. Yeats, 1865-1939

 

Dichter

Thy shal not weigh more than thy
refrigerator

 

 

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no
choreography, and the dancers hit each other

Jack Handey

Boksen

Trainen is een teken van onzekerheid

Jacob Huisman

Skutsje-zeiler

Voordat ik een fout maak, maak ik die fout
niet

Johan Cruijff, 1997

Voetbal

We all live in the
gutter,
but some of us are looking at the stars

 

 

We get nose jobs all the
time in the NHL, and we don’t even have to go to the hospital

Brad Park

 

IJshockey

What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight,
but the size of the fight in the dog

Bear
Bryant

American football
Coach

when asked his greatest strengths as a football player :
“Speed, strength, and the inability to register pain immediately

Reggie Williams

American Football
speler

With the money I’m making, I should be playing two positions

Pete Rose

Honkbal

You are never too skinny, too rich are to
heavily armed

Ice-T, Deep
Blue Sea

Film

You can’t break me, because you didn’t make me

Rubin
Hurricane” Carter

Boksen

You talk the talk, but do
you walk the walk

 

 

Youth is wasted on the
young