The Motivation Of Champions

This excellent clip of Garry Kasparov got me checking some other quotes of champions:

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.
– Lance Armstrong

The time your game is most vulnerable is when you’re ahead, never let up.
– Rod Laver

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?
– Joe Namath

I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.
Nadia Comaneci