Life is a marathon, not a sprint (quotes)

Life is a marathon more than a sprint

  • Life’s a marathon, not a sprint. Phil McGraw
  • Just put one foot in front of the other. Austin Peck
  • The race of life is a marathon, not a sprint. Tony Robbins
  • It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race. Robert W. Service
  • In the marathon of life, there is no finish line. Bill Courtney
  • The sprint is like life … blink and you miss it. Steve Backley
  • Anyone can run 20 miles. It’s the next six that count. Barry Magee
  • Life is a marathon, not a sprint; pace yourself accordingly. Amby Burfoot
  • You can run a sprint or your can run a marathon, but you can’t sprint a marathon. Ryan Holmes
  • Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. Oprah Winfrey
  • If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon. Emil Zatopek
  • Life is not a sprint. It was never meant to be. It is just a step of faith after another. Richard Paul Evans
  • To maintain success, stamina is more important than talent. You have to learn to be a marathon runner. Joan Rivers
  • Living life is like running a marathon. It takes a lot of courage and tenacity to keep going till the end. Fauja Singh
  • Financial winners don’t run sprints, they run marathons. They don’t rush. They do it step by step over time. Dave Ramsey
  • There are many pitfalls in the marathon of life. But regardless of what you go through, you can count on God’s sustaining grace. Rick Warren
  • If you change your lifestyle, remember it’s not a wind sprint, but it’s a marathon you’re embarked on, and you’ll be able to stay there. Mehmet Oz
  • It’s a marathon, its not a sprint. Ten years. Fifteen years. You’ve got to get up everyday, with a new idea, a new spin, and you’ve got to bring it to work, every day. Jack Welch
  • Work hard with passion and courage. Life is a marathon of contribution. You really must work hard to accomplish something… Find your passion and get good at it. Jeffrey R. Immelt
  • Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best. Meb Keflezighi
  • Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best. Michael Johnson
  • If you’re ninety-five percent of the way to outstanding success, doesn’t it make sense to go the additional five percent of the way? … A marathon which takes hours to run, can be won or lost by a matter of seconds. Ralph Marston
  • The biggest thing that I’ve learned is to run the marathon, not the sprint. By that I mean, don’t let the little problems that you face in the hour in daily life cast a shadow over the larger joys that you have, over the course of the years. Jon Foreman
  • Marathoning is a metaphor for life, so there are a lot of parallels you can draw. I tell people to follow your dream, follow your heart, follow your passion, run your own race and believe in yourself. I think anybody who wants to succeed has to have passion. Joan Benoit
  • Within each of us is a hidden store of energy. Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life. Within each of us is a hidden store of courage. Courage to give us the strength to face any challenge. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost. Roger Dawson

… a marathon we run one step at a time

  • If you’re running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time. If you’re trying to master a new language, try it one word at a time. There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365 and you’ll find that no job is all that intimidating. Charles R. Swindoll
  • You plant a garden one flower at a time. … You write a book one word at a time, clean a closet one shelf at a time, run a marathon one step at a time. If you feel defeated by some large task, get your spade and dig the first hole. Jeanne Marie Laskas

Writing too is a marathon

  • Novel writing is the slowest art form in the world. It is not a sprint. It is not even a marathon. It is a series of marathons that stretch over and over across a continent. Mohsin Hamid
  • A short story is a sprint, a novel is a marathon. Sprinters have seconds to get from here to there and then they are finished. Marathoners have to carefully pace themselves so that they don’t run out of energy (or in the case of the novelist– ideas) because they have so far to run.
  • To mix the metaphor, writing a short story is like having a short intense affair, whereas writing a novel is like a long rich marriage. Jonathan Carroll
  • Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Robert McKee
  • Writing a book is like running a marathon. You need to be fit to do it, mentally and, as far as possible, physically. Catherine Mayer

Business is a sprint and a marathon

  • Business is a marathon, and most of society thinks it’s a sprint. Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Business is a sprint until you find an opportunity, then it’s the patience of a marathon runner. Robert Herjavec

Maybe life is more like a relay

  • Life isn’t a race. It’s a relay. Dick Gregory
  • Successful innovation is not a single breakthrough. It is not a sprint. It is not an event for the solo runner. Successful innovation is a team sport, it’s a relay race. Nguyen Quyen
  • In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. Julian Castro