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26.2 Presidential Quotes That Also Work As Running Quotes

The great leaders of our country actually had some great one-liners for us runners.

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Since it’s an election year, here are 26.2 presidential quotes that can also be running mantras. With so many quotes from Theodore Roosevelt, it is no wonder that he was a runner and probably would have made a great running coach as well.

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”  —Theodore Roosevelt

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”  —Abraham Lincoln

“There are many of ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”  —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”  —John Quincy Adam
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“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.”  —Calvin Coolidge

“Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.”  —Theodore Roosevelt

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”  —John F. Kennedy

“I am not concerned that you have fallen—I am concerned that you arise.” —Abraham Lincoln

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“With self-discipline, most anything is possible.”  —Theodore Roosevelt

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.”  —Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”  —Theodore Roosevelt

“The future rewards those who press on.  I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.” —Barack Obama

“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” —John Quincy Adams

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I know it is difficult; but the honor of success is increased by the obstacles which are to be surmounted.”  —Rutherford B. Hayes

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”  —Thomas Jefferson

“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.” —James Monroe

“An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.” —Millard Fillmore

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” —Theodore Roosevelt


“Man can not live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” —James A. Garfield


“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.”  —Lyndon B. Johnson


“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” —Theodore Roosevelt.


“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” —John F. Kennedy


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important that any other.” —Abraham Lincoln

“Yes, we can.” —Barack Obama