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Winners and Winning

1. Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the ill must be stronger than the skill.

Muhammad Ali (b.1942) U.S. boxer. The Greatest (1975)


2. Usually I like more of a challenge. It was a very easy run.

Said Aouita (b.1960) Moroccan athlete. Referring to his victory at the Los Angeles Olympics. Press Conference (1984)


3. If someone breaks my world records, it won’t bother me. It gives me a reason to train even harder.

Said Aouita (b.1960) Moroccan athlete. Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock; 1996)


4. Treat a horse like a woman and a woman like a horse. And they’ll both win for you.

Elizabeth Arden (1884-1966) U.S. entrepreneur and cosmetics manufacturer. Quoted in Miss Elizabeth Arden (Alfred A. Lewis and Constance Woodsworth; 1972)


5. I hope I can prove to be the exception to the rule that good guys always finish last.

Arthur Ashe (1943-93) U.S. tennis player. Alluding to Leo Durocher’s remark “Nice guys. Finish last.” Speech at an award ceremony (1964)


6. When you cross the tape, you feel like you were always training for something and now I was there.

Arturo Barrios (b.1962) U.S. athlete. 1989. Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock; 1996)


7. Je who owns the most when he dies, wins.

Ivan Boesky (b.1937) U.S. financier convicted of insider dealing in 1987. Times (London) (November 20, 1986)


8. It’s a bit like being a racehorse-you like to win.

Charles Brady (b.1935) U.S. investor. Sunday Times (London) (May 2000)


9. If you want to be a champion, you have to train like a contender.

Linford Christe (b.1960) British athlete. Quoted in The Contenders (Richard Dale and Colin Cameron; 1994)


10. A victory without danger is a triumph without glory.

Pierre Corneille (1606-84) French playwright. Le Cid (1636)


11. Run with your head the first two thirds of a race and with your heart the final one third.

Jack Daniels (b.1933) U.S. track coach. Daniels’ Running Formula (1998)


12. We all get more practice winning than losing, so it is important to be a good loser, as it is to be a graceful winner.

Jack Daniels (b.1933) U.S. track coach. Daniels’ Running Formula (1998)


13. To run well, you have to run with a passion. If that is quenched, you can’t do it.

Robert De Castella (b.1957) Australian athlete and executive director of Focus on You. Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock; 1996)


14. The important thing in life is not the victory but the contest; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.

Pierre De Coubertin (1863-1937) French founder of the modern Olympic Games. Speech (July 1908)


15. A business’ flexibility in adapting to change and market dynamics will mark the winners and losers in this fast-changing Internet Age. Flexibility is a tight pairing of speed and agility. Linking businesses together using information is at the center of value creation in the internet Age.

Michael Dell (b.1965) U.S. chairman and C.E.O. of Dell Computer Corporation. Speech to the Windows 2000 Deployment Conference, San Francisco. “The Foundation of E-Business” (February 15, 2000)


16. Winning is achieving every single goal you set for the people to achieve. Our objective is to be the best at everything, not just winning Grand Prix.

Ron Dennis (b.1949) British entrepreneur and Formula 1 motor racing team owner. Quoted in The Adventure Capitalists (Jeff Grout and Lynne Curry; 1998)


17. Nice guys. Finish last.

Leo Durocher (1905-91) U.S. baseball player and manager. July 6, 1946. Referring to the New York Giants. Quoted in Nice Guys Finish Last (1975)


18. It can be construed as arrogance or big-headedness It’s not. It’s just that I’m not scared of all the things other people are scared of.

Chris Evans (b.1966) British broadcaster and media executive. Management Today (July 1999)


19. To learn from the failures and to keep going.

Ranulph Fiennes (b.1944) British explorer. Observer (London) (October 2000)


20. I am not afraid to take steps to become the biggest and best on the block.

Lynn Forrester (b.1955) U.S. business executive. Sunday Times (London) (June 2000)


21. A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.

John Galsworthy (1867-1933) British novelist and playwright. Maid in Waiting (1932)


22. Nobody has ever built a stake in one of my companies without my approval.

Donald Gordon (b.1930) South African financier. Sunday Times (London) (June 2000)


23 .Winning is fun. And, for most of us, making a real contribution is pleasing to the soul.

Bob Guccione (b.1930) U.S. magazine publisher. Leading Change (1996)


24. If you think you can win, you can win.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist and journalist. “On Great and Little Things,” Literary Remains (1836)


25. Winning is everything. The only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog.

Damon Hill (b.1960) British Formula 1 racing driver. Sunday Times (London) (December 1994)


26. The key to success for Sony and to everything in business is never to follow the others.

Masaru Ibuka (1908-97) Japanese cofounder and chief adviser of Sony Corporation. Fortune (February 1992)


27. The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare.

Juma Ikangaa (b.1957) Tanzanian athlete. Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock; 1996)


28. I’m a bastard, but I’m a bastard who gets the mail through. And they appreciate that.

Pau Keating (b.1944) Australian former prime minister. Sunday Telegraph (London) (November 1994)


29. Sometimes it’s simply about winning.

Denise Lewis (b.1972) British athlete. Said after winning the heptathlon gold medal in the Sydney Olympics 2000. Quoted in Time Out (September 27, 2000)


30. It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.

George C. Marshall (1880-1959) U.S. military commander and politician. Military Review (October 1948)


31. If my enemies attack me the way they do, things must be improving.

Robert Maxwell (1923-91) British publisher, business executive and politician. Interview during Parliamentary elections (March 1986)


32. I went back to the study hall where I met my husband at a debating competition and where, I am pleased to put it on record, I beat him,

Mary McAleese (b.1951) Irish president. Said on a visit to her old school in Belfast. Quoted in Irish Times (December 6, 1997)


33. I’m running to win. You don’t run to lose.

Ralph Nader (b.1934) U.S. lawyer and consumer-rights campaigner. Said in an interview about his presidential campaign in 2000. “On the Trail,” Economist (2000)


34. He who does not hope to win has already lost.

Jose Joaquin Olmedo (1780-1847) Ecuadorean poet and politician. Quoted in Reader’s Digest (June 1968)


35. Winners are people who have fun-and produce results as a result of their zest.

Tom Peters (b.1942) U.S. management consultant and author. A Passion for Excellence (co-written with Nancy Austin; 1985)


36. If you think you are going to win, you’ll lose. Moreover, if you think you are going to lose, you’ll lose.

Toshihiko Seko (b.1956) Japanese athlete. Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock; 1996)


37. The winner is simply someone who gets up one more time than they fall over.

Robin Sieger, British business executive and author. Natural Born Winners (1999)


38. Always establish a paper trail to make sure others can’t take credit for what you do.

Dennis Stevenson (b.1946) British company director. Management Today (April 1999)


39. Make sure it isn’t possible for a lesser man or woman to seize your clothes.

Dennis Stevenson (b.1946) British company director. Management Today (April 1999)


40. I am extraordinary patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

Margaret Thatcher (b.1925) British former prime minister. Observer (London) (April 1989)


41. Control your destiny or die.

Jack Welch (b.1935) U.S. former chairman and C.E.O. of General Electric. 1981. Quoted in Observer (London) (October 2000)