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Every Second Counts Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong
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Every Second Counts Quotes (showing 1-13 of 13)
“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“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.

Losing on the other hand, 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.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“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.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“My house is burned, but I can see the sky.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“There comes a time in every race when a competitor meets the real opponent, and understands that it's himself.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“What losing does is, it restores the perspective.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“Some things you can't win, though I don't like to admit it. I'm not used to losing much of anything, whether its a race or a debate, but among the things that I nearly lost are my life, my neck, and my good name, and I've gained a realization: a life of unbroken success is not only impossible, it's probably not even good for you...”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“What will you do with your wild & precious self?”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“I challenged that assumption by returning to a full, productive life. I had behaved, Nichols said, "as if death was an option".”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“How do you fight an invisible opponent like suspicion?”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“I had a decision to make. To me, it wasn't a hard one: if I could ride, I was going. Crashes were unavoidable in cycling, and so was bad luck, and if you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“In a pack sprint to the finish line, a solo rider without allies or associates is a tired & losing one.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts
“There comes a time in every race when a competitor meets the real opponent, and understands that it’s himself.”
Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts