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Quotes from Dr George Sheehan

George Sheehan quotes
“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not
to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is
against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”
― George Sheehan

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”
― George Sheehan

“There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down / until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living.”
― George Sheehan

“The distance runner is mysteriously reconciling the separations of body and mind, of pain and pleasure, of the conscious and the unconscious. He is repairing the rent, and healing the wound in his divided self. He has found a way to make the ordinary extraordinary; the commonplace unique; the everyday eternal.”
― George Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience

“The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something in him that is just perfect.”
― George Sheehan

“For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain, and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight.”
― George Sheehan

“Running is just such a monestary– a retreat, a place to commune with God and yourself, a place for psychological and spiritual renewal.”
― George Sheehan, Running to Win: How to Achieve the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Victories of Running

“The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body.”
― George Sheehan

“Boredom, like beauty, is in the mind of the beholder. ’There is no such thing as an uninteresting subject,’ said Chesterton. ’The only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.”
― George Sheehan

“Disease, then, is one of those bad experiences that turns information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. The bad experiences that make you love yourself and your body and the world. And make you know that you are in a game that has to have a happy ending.”
― George Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience

“And while these pounds were being shed, while the physiological miracles were occurring with the heart and muscle and metabolism, psychological marvels were taking place as well. Just so, the world over, bodies, minds, and souls are constantly being born again, during miles on the road.”
― George Sheehan, Running to Win: How to Achieve the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Victories of Running

“We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely…change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.”
― George Sheehan

“The 5-year-old sees that Paradise correctly, not in technology but in the fairy story, in the great myths that control and guide our lives. And myth is meaning divined rather than defined, implicit rather than explicit.”
― George Sheehan, The Essential Sheehan: A Lifetime of Running Wisdom from the Legendary Dr. George Sheehan

“From the moment you become a spectator, everything is downhill. It is a life that ends before the cheering and the shouting die.”
― George Sheehan, Running & Being: The Total Experience

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