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" A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. "
" No one will ever win a 5,000-meter by running an easy two miles. Not against me. "
" If the Olympics come around, and I'm in shape, then I'll compete. But I won't be representing the United States; I'll be representing myself. "
" I have a positive mental attitude, and I think I'm divine, but I also think it takes a heck of a lot of blood, sweat and tears. "
" It doesn't feel that good when you're ahead the whole way. "
" Every once in a while I think, 'What am I doing out here running, busting myself up? Life could be so much easier. The other guys are out having fun, doing other things, why not me?' "
" American athletes, especially distance runners, are at a big disadvantage against the rest of the world. We're expected to live by all the rules, like not being able to coach, but still train and make our own living. "
" A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they're capable of understanding. "
" World records at 19. I don't want that. Later, yes. And when it comes, I'll learn to live with it, but it won't be my first love. "
" If anybody wants to beat me, let them run a world record. "
" To hell with love of country - I compete for myself. "
" I don't just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting. "
" I don't care about being on television. "
" I know places you better speak low if you've been to college. Men will come across the room and cold-deck you if you hold your glass wrong. "
" Nobody likes tainted victories. "
" What does it prove, running in the AAU meet? "
" If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself. But if it's a slow pace, and I get beaten by a kicker who leaches off the front, then I'll always wonder, 'What if...?' "
" This is my last year at Oregon, and it means a lot to me. The people have been great to me up there, so if I have to run three races to win the Pac-8 title, I'll do it. Oh, sure, I'll probably be tired, but the people shouting will carry me across the finish line. "
" It's hard to run a mile when you're not a miler and to kick when you've led all the way. "
" My philosophy is that I'm an artist. I perform an art not with a paint brush or a camera. I perform with bodily movement. Instead of exhibiting my art in a museum or a book or on canvas, I exhibit my art in front of the multitudes. "
" 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 just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative. "
" To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift. "
" I like to be able to go out to dinner once in a while. I like to be able to drive my MG up the McKenzie River on a weekday afternoon. I like to be able to pay my bills on time. "
" I've been in international competition, and now I know what the big boys can do. You don't go out and just run. There's an offense and a defense. "
" If I want to go to Europe and get thrashed by the Europeans, that's my business. Every race I lose I learn from and get tougher. "
" Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. "
" If you can make money with your talents, why not? "
" I'm the one who has made all the sacrifices. Those are my American records, not the country's. "
" If he's having a good day and running the right race, nobody can beat Frank Shorter at 10,000 meters... nobody except me. "
" Kids made fun of me because I was a slow learner, because I was hyperactive, because of a lot of things. Running gave me confidence. "
" Why shouldn't I do what I want to do... I'm an American citizen. "