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Old 02-19-2008, 05:15 PM   #31
Joe Waguespack
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Re: Inspirational Quotes

Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.—James A. Garfield
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Old 02-19-2008, 06:26 PM   #32
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Re: Inspirational Quotes

One of my favorites that I find really inspirational.

"You unforgivable, you don't talk to me of pacts.
There are no binding oaths between men and lions;
wolves and lambs can enjoy no meeting of the minds,
they are all bent on hating each other to the death.
So with you and me. No love between us. No truce
till one or the other falls and gluts with blood."
- Homer

A little bloody, I know, but I like.

Few others:

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible."
- Arthur C. Clarke

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
- Aristotle

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."
- William B. Sprague

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Old 02-19-2008, 07:10 PM   #33
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YES, you are right. I am afraid of him. Therefore I swear by God that I will seek out this man whom I fear until I find him and strike him on the mouth. If heaven were his throne and the earth his footstool I swear that I would pull him down. . . . Because I am afraid of him; and no man should leave in the universe anything of which he is afraid.
--GKC 'The Man who was Thursday.'

"The iron ore thinks itself senselessly tortured in the blast furnace: the tempered steel blade looks back and knows better."

Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past me I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Some one once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.

On the day of victory, no one is tired.
-- Old Arab proverb

People overestimate what they can do in a day, but underestimate what they can do in a month.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” --Marianne Williamson

I got a million of 'em...

The definition of hell keeps me up at night.

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Old 02-20-2008, 07:03 AM   #34
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Re: Inspirational Quotes

Howard, some of those are pretty powerful. Wow. Yeah, the 'hell' one is going up on my wall.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:08 AM   #35
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Re: Inspirational Quotes

"i came here to chew bubblegum and kick ***, and I'm all out of bubblegum."

-Roddy Piper, "They Live"
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:28 AM   #36
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Re: Inspirational Quotes

You can have excuses or results, not both.

If you think you can or you think you can't youre right.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:34 AM   #37
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"Some one once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become."

wow. that's powerful medicine.

Those who hear not the music, think the dancers mad.
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Old 02-20-2008, 08:37 AM   #38
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Re: Inspirational Quotes

In business there is the triangle of Good, Fast, and Cheap.

You can have it Good and Fast, but it wont be Cheap
You can have it Good and Cheap, But it won't be Fast
You can have it Fast and Cheap, But it won't be Good

I'm sure you can think of Crossfit principals that this would work also.
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:56 PM   #39
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One of my very favorite poems. My short CrossFit journey so far has been all about "being defeated, decisively, by constantly greater beings."

The Man Watching

I can tell by the way the trees beat, after
so many dull days, on my worried windowpanes
that a storm is coming,
and I hear the far-off fields say things
I can't bear without a friend,
I can't love without a sister.

The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on
across the woods and across time,
and the world looks as if it had no age:
the landscape, like a line in the psalm book,
is seriousness and weight and eternity.

What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights with us is so great!
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names.

When we win it's with small things,
and the triumph itself makes us small.
What is extraordinary and eternal
does not want to be bent by us.
I mean the Angel who appeared
to the wrestlers of the Old Testament:
when the wrestlers' sinews grew long like metal strings,
he felt them under his fingers
like chords of deep music.

Whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
Winning does not tempt that man.
This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.

-- Rainer Maria Rilke
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:36 PM   #40
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Re: Inspirational Quotes

Two from Alan Watts:

“The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.”

Here, the subject is meditation, but I think it could be applicable to CF as well b/c often the purpose is self improvement itself, for its own sake:

“We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”
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