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 Favorite Quotes... 

"How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time."
    --African Proverb

"It is better to build strong children than to try to repair adults."

"The greatest cost, namely time."

"To spend too much time in study is sloth."
     --Francis Bacon

“I don’t want people who want to dance.  I want people who have to dance.”
     --George Balanche

 “Not exercising is a depressant.”
    --David Tal Ben-Shahar, Harvard University Psychology Professor

"My advice to anyone is simple," Bell says. "Keep moving. I call it the 'lawnmower theory.'
If you leave a lawnmower out on the grass and it rains, you better get out and push that thing before it gets rusty. I'm creaky and rusty every day when I get up in the morning, but after I get moving, I feel pretty damn good."
    --Bill Bell, Triathlete, Age 84

"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word--excellence.  To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."
    --Pearl S. Buck

"However young, the seeker who sets out upon the way
Shines bright over the world.
But day and night the person who is awake
Shines in the radiance of the spirit.
Live purely.
Be quiet.
Do your work, with mastery.
Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds!

   --Shakyamuni Buddha

 "There are 1440 minutes in every day...Schedule 30 of them for physical activity."
    --U.S. Centers for Disease Control

"Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
    --Chinese Proverb

"You had a choice between dishonor or war.  You chose dishonor so now you will have war."
    --Sir Winston Churchill

“There is some shit I will not eat.”
     --e.e. cummings

"From a small spark, Great flame has risen."

“Life is a vapor.  It passes in the blink of an eye.”
     --Sarah L. Delany (Age 107)

"If ignorance is bliss...then wipe the smile off my face!"
    --Zack De la Rocha

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main..."
    --John Donne, Meditation XVII

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”
     --Amelia Earhart

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities."
    --Albert Einstein

"The first wealth is health."
     --Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Power", The Conduct of Life (1860)

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
     --Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.”
     --English Proverb

"The body is a sacred garment.  It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor."
     --Martha Graham

"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless and joy cannot be felt."
    --Herophilies (Physician to Alexander the Great, 300 BC)

"Walking is man's best medicine."

“Better wilt thou neither always pressing out to sea nor too closely hugging the dangerous shore in cautious fear of storms.”
Odes Book II: Ode X

"The body must be nourished physically, emotionally, and spiritually.   We're spiritually starved in this culture--not underfed but undernourished."
    --Carol Hornig 

" these Teachers of Zen; you want a zafu cushion? sit your zen ass on a bicycle
seat and peddle into hurricane wind for 8 hours at your max effort; there is your ENGAGED ZEN!"
    --Steve Ilg

"...i cherish the places my fitness has allowed me to see and feel."
    --Steve Ilg

"Do the DO!"
    --Steve Ilg

“Modern man creates fancy cars while losing the sacredness of his feet and lungs.”
    --Steve Ilg

"Lack of Confidence, low Self-Esteem, and depleted Mojo are symptoms of inadequate Strength Training."
    --Steve Ilg

"No champion has ever lifted a trophy that was not already being held inside."
    --Steve Ilg, "Total Body Transformation"

"...a real yogin...does not see the difference between a lump of dirt and a lump of gold
(in fact, i would choose the least i could mountain bike on it!)”
--Steve Ilg

"We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance."
 --Japanese Proverb

 "Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise, and the weather shall be little regarded.  If the body is feeble, the mind will not be strong."
     --Thomas Jefferson

"We are all prompted by the same Motives, all deceived by the same Fallacies, all animated by Hope, obstructed by Danger, entangled by Desire, and seduced by Pleasure.
    --Samuel Johnson, The Rambler #60, 1750

"Child obesity is child abuse!"
    --Ron Jones

"Fitness is power.  Get it on."
    --Ron Jones

"The obvious is to the fool."
    --Ron Jones

"Raise your kids like Jack LaLanne instead of Jack in the Box!"
    --Ron Jones

"Knowledge is power; health and fitness allows you to feel it."
--Ron Jones

"We must live our lives in such a way that our children, and their children after them, will form a natural and lasting commitment to the vigorous life.  Only in this way can we be assured that the spirit and strength of America will be constantly replenished.."
    --President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Official Physical Fitness Program Booklet, 1963

"You can't turn back the clock, but you can rewind it."
    --Art Linkletter

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
    --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"The essence of decay is inactivity."
    --Jack La Lanne, Fitness Pioneer

"Any stupid ass can die--you have to work at living!"
    --Jack La Lanne, Fitness Pioneer

"A sound mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world."
 --John Locke

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
     --Alex Lowe

"When you remove the risk, you remove the challenge.  When you remove the challenge, you wither on the vine."
    --Alex Lowe

"Life is not living, but living in health."
--Martial, Epigrams (A.D. 86)

Health plus, all things else being equal, is what makes the champion, the expert, the "Captain," in any and every line. It supplies the courage, the daring, the boldness, the aggressiveness of life. It is what makes initiative possible, bulldog pertinacity effective, and achievement assured. "
    --Bernarr Macfadden, Physical Culturist

"Let's change the world--one body at a time!"
 --Mandy Merkel & Ron Jones

"My lifestyle determines my deathstyle."

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness."
     --John Muir, John of the Mountains (1938)

"I know that our bodies were made to thrive only in pure air, and the scenes in which pure air is found."
     --John Muir, A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf (1916)

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
     --John Muir, Our National Parks (1901)

“It is imperative to master the principles of the art of war and learn to be unmoved in mind even in the heat of the battle.”
    --Miyamoto Musashi (1643)

“The high sentiments always win in the end, the leaders who offer blood, toil, tears, and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.”
    --George Orwell

“Aut disce, aut discede.” (Learn or get out!)
     --Oxford College, Circa 17th-18th C.

"It is the mind itself which builds the body."
    --Joseph Pilates

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity."

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

"A life unexamined is not worth living."

"I'm going to work so it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one that can win it."
    --Steve Pretontaine

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."
    --Steve Prefontaine

"Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints.  I like to make something beautiful when I run.  I like to make people stop and say, “I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.”  It’s more than a race--it’s a style.  It’s doing something better than anyone else.  It’s being creative.”
Steve Prefontaine

"It's stupid to die because of what you eat."
  --Angela Proudfoot, Pro Drag Racer

I was dead,
then alive.
then laughing.
The power of Love came into me
and I became fierce like a lion
tender like the evening star.


"In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness."
    --Antoine de Saint Exupery, French Aviator & Author

"What was hard to do is sweet to remember."

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.  Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor slayer,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more; it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.5.19-28

"All truth goes through three stages.  1) At first it is ridiculed. 2)  Then it is violently opposed.  3) Finally it is accepted as self-evident."

"He who holds balance...has attained the highest post in the world."
     --Lao Tzu

"In warfare, there are no constant conditions.  He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent will succeed and win."

"When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no 'I'll start tomorrow' Tomorrow is disease. "
    --V.L. Allineare

"Sit, Walk...but do not wobble."
     --Zen saying

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