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Emil Zatopek Quote: “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”

If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.

— Emil Zatopek



Emil Zatopek Quote: “It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.”

It’s at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “Men, today we die a little.”

Men, today we die a little.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “A runner must run with dreams in his heart.”

A runner must run with dreams in his heart.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.”

I was unable to walk for a whole week after that, so much did the race take out of me. But it was the most pleasant exhaustion I have ever known.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast.”

Why should I practice running slow? I already know how to run slow. I want to learn to run fast.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.”

Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s besides the point. It’s simply that I just have to.”

If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s besides the point. It’s simply that I just have to.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter either. Then willpower will be no problem.”

When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter either. Then willpower will be no problem.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “Try for a goal that’s reasonable, then gradually raise it.”

Try for a goal that’s reasonable, then gradually raise it.

— Emil Zatopek



Emil Zatopek Quote: “An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”

An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time.”

I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.”

Is it raining? That doesn’t matter. Am I tired? That doesn’t matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race.”

There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “If you come to think of it, you never see deer, dogs and rabbits worrying about their menus and yet they run much faster than humans.”

If you come to think of it, you never see deer, dogs and rabbits worrying about their menus and yet they run much faster than humans.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “My running was very simple; it was out of myself.”

My running was very simple; it was out of myself.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your aim too high and don’t fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.”

You can’t climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your aim too high and don’t fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that’s reasonable, and then gradually raise it.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “If I can get better, why not?”

If I can get better, why not?

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “By a persistent effort of will it is possible to change the whole body. The athlete must always keep in mind this concept of change and progression. He must never accept his limitations as being permanent, because they are not.”

By a persistent effort of will it is possible to change the whole body. The athlete must always keep in mind this concept of change and progression. He must never accept his limitations as being permanent, because they are not.

— Emil Zatopek


Emil Zatopek Quote: “To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity. And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.”

To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity. And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.

— Emil Zatopek


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