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Lance Armstrong quotes: seven-time Tour de France winner (everyone was cheating, so shut your mouth), Lance Armstrong, talks cycling, winning and losing, surviving cancer, living strong.

“It’s simple.  Success comes from training harder, living better, and digging deeper than the others.”

“Whatever your 100% looks like, give it.”

“No one automatically gives you respect just because you show up.  You have to earn it.”

‎”Make an obstacle an opportunity, make a negative a positive.  Nothing goes to waste, you put it all to use, the old wounds and long-ago slights become the stuff of competitive energy.”

“Pain is temporary.  It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it lasts forever.  That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me.  So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, ‘Which would I rather live with?’”

“My mother told me, ‘If you’re going to get anywhere, you’re going to have to do it yourself, because no one is going to do it for you.’”

“Giving up was never an option.”

“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.”

“You don’t just fly up a hill.  You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill, and maybe, if you work very hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else.”

“The way you live your life, the perspective you select, is a choice you make every single day when you wake up.  It’s yours to decide.”

“The biggest losers are those who care only about winning.”

“Losing really does say something about who you are.  Among other things it measures are: do you blame others, or do you own the loss?  Do you analyze your failure, or just complain about bad luck?  If you’re willing to examine failure, and to look not just at your outward physical performance, but your internal workings, too, losing can be valuable.  How you behave in those moments can perhaps be more self-defining than winning could ever be.  Sometimes losing shows you for who you really are.”

“What is stronger – fear or hope?”

“Fear is priceless education.”

“Hard work, sacrifice, and focus will never show up in tests.”

“Knowledge is power, community is strength, and positive attitude is everything.”

“Winning is about heart, not just legs.  It’s got to be in the right place.”

“When you win, you don’t examine it very much, except to congratulate yourself.  You easily, and wrongly, assume it has something to do with your rare qualities as a person.  But winning only measures how hard you’ve worked and how physically talented you are; it doesn’t particularly define you beyond those characteristics.”

“Two things scare me.  The first is getting hurt.  But that’s not nearly as scary as the second, which is losing.”

“What losing does is, it restores the perspective.”

“Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions.  The fact is, no one ascends alone.”

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them.  When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?  We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.”

“Anything is possible.  You can be told that you have a 90% chance or a 50% chance or a 1% chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.”

“We as parents have to lead by example.  Showing our kids what it’s like to have healthy lifestyles and what it’s like to eat right and exercise is so important.”

“That motivates me more than anything.  It’s very simple.  It certainly doesn’t work against me.  I don’t want to make it worse than it was.  This is big-time sport.  The people are excited and emotional and they have their guy but that doesn’t take away from my love of the game, with my desire to win.  In fact, as I said, I think it puts a little fuel on the fire.”

“The day it all changed.  The day I stated never to take anything for granted.  The day I learned to take charge of my life.  It was the day I was diagnosed with cancer.”

“The truth is, if you asked me to choose between winning the Tour de France and cancer, I would choose cancer.  Odd as it sounds, I would rather have the title of cancer survivor than winner of the Tour, because of what it has done for me as a human being, a man, a husband, a son, and a father.”

“Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully.  It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things – whether health or a car or an old sense of self – has its own value in the scheme of life.  Pain and loss are great enhancers.”

“Suffering, I was beginning to think, was essential to a good life, and as inextricable from such a life as bliss.  It’s a great enhancer.  It might last a minute, but eventually it subsides, and when it does, something else takes its place, and maybe that thing is a great space.  For happiness.  Each time I encountered suffering, I believed that I grew, and further defined my capacities – not just my physical ones, but my interior ones as well, for contentment, friendship, or any other human experience.”

“The unwillingness to accept anything short of victory, that underlying fury, is the fundamental building block of my bottomless motivation to succeed.  It is my credo in all that I do in life, from battling cancer to bicycle racing.”

“Regardless of one victory, two victories, four victories, there’s never been a victory by a cancer survivor.  That’s a fact that hopefully I’ll be remembered for.”

“For me it was always a simple passion.”

“LIVESTRONG is exactly I guess what it says.  It’s one thing to live, but it’s another thing to live strong, to attack the day and attack your life with a whole new attitude.  This was a gift for me.  I guess before the illness I just lived.  Now, after the illness, I live strong.”

“Finally, the last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the skeptics: I’m sorry for you.  I’m sorry that you can’t dream big.  I’m sorry you don’t believe in miracles.  But this is one hell of a race.  This is a great sporting event and you should stand around and believe it.  You should believe in these athletes, and you should believe in these people.  I’ll be a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live.  And there are no secrets – this is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it.  So Vive le Tour forever!”

“Your past forms you, whether you like it or not.”

“It’s nice to win.  I’ll never win again.  I may have to take up golf – take on Tiger.”

“My advice to you is never stop believing.”

“There are angels on this earth and they come in subtle forms.”

“Nobody needs to cry for me.  I’m going to be great.”

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