78+ Best Marathon Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Marathon is a running race of slightly over 26 miles (42.195 kilometres). Profoundly inspirational marathon quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Marathon Quotes

I want to do a movie on sports – like a movie on a racer or a marathon runner – as I feel I’ll fit that bill perfectly. — Bipasha Basu

Running for office is similar to being a trial lawyer in a very long trial. It requires adrenaline and stamina; it requires being in shape mentally and emotionally. It’s a marathon. — Kamala Harris

We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon. — Emil Zatopek

To an entrepreneur, closing a financing often feels like the end of a marathon. It’s actually the starting gun. — Andy Dunn

It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I actually feel like I come to work stronger when I’ve had a little time on the weekend to step away from it and enjoy my family and other things. I come back energized. If people think they’re going to work 24/7, week in and week out, they’re not bringing their full strength to the table. — Mary Barra

I set myself some specific goals, but the key one is just getting myself into as good a shape as possible for one day this year: the Olympic marathon. — Paula Radcliffe

The book I always say that influenced me, subconsciously, because at the time I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer, was William Goldman’s ‘Marathon Man.’ That was the first adult thriller that I loved. I read it when I was 15 or so, when my father gave it to me. — Harlan Coben

My goals are to run the London Marathon and do the best that I can. — Mo Farah

In my sports or workout life, I like to prove to myself I can do something, whether it’s a half marathon or whatever it is. I like to take challenges that scare me because then once we’ve accomplished it, we feel stronger. — Kim Raver

I think Dustin Hoffman has been in at least three of my favorite movies of all time with things like ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Marathon Man.’ Getting a bit more arthouse and darker, ‘The Graduate’ – incredible, barrier-breaking movie, ‘The Graduate.’ — Ricky Gervais

When I hear people debate the ROI of social media? It makes me remember why so many business fail. Most businesses are not playing the marathon. They’re playing the sprint. They’re not worried about lifetime value and retention. They’re worried about short-term goals. — Gary Vaynerchuk

I love watching ‘Twilight Zone.’ New Year’s Eve they do the marathon; I watch it every year. — Gerard Way

In some respects, progressing through life is like running a marathon. — Joseph B. Wirthlin

I’ve had a lot of success over the years racing in New York, but the main point is that I feel the marathon is a different event, a lot more my event. — Paula Radcliffe

I’ve run the marathon several times, so I definitely don’t look like the Great Ancestor! — George Takei

I find that I get a little depressed if I don’t move my body each day, so sometimes it’s just as simple as walking, and other times it’s training for a marathon or some kind of personal goal that I’m trying to meet. — Ryan Reynolds

Life is a marathon and you have to pace yourself. I believe that slow and steady wins the race, so in that way, I’ve been training for a marathon my whole life. — Carole Radziwill

As long as possible, I would really like to complete one marathon per year. Though my time has been slowing down as I get older, it has become a very important part of my life. — Haruki Murakami

Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint. — Angela Duckworth

What makes me happy is just curling up in with my mom in her bed and watching a marathon of ‘CSI’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episodes with pints of ice cream. — Taylor Swift

What could be funnier than a fat person trying to run a marathon? — Jo Brand

It’s like running a marathon race. We train all hours of the day. When you are taking a bath, you are thinking of the flight. — Kalpana Chawla

The Muslim world and its subset the countries of the Middle East have been left behind in the marathon of political, economic and human development. For that, there is a tendency to blame others as the primary cause. — Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The season is a beast within itself. It’s not the quickest race; it’s a marathon. In the playoffs – if you’re fortunate enough to make the playoffs – that’s more like a dash. You have to concentrate on one opponent. When they’re done, you have to concentrate on another one. — Jerry West

I’m just trying to spread the word and upturn the myth that actually you should be resting after cancer treatment. You shouldn’t; you should be getting out and doing any kind of exercise you can. You don’t have to run a marathon, but you just have to up your activity levels. — Jo Brand

In my bright, utopian future world, they will hand out college educations like cups of water at the end of the L.A. Marathon. — Henry Rollins

Being the lead of the show and working a lot of hours – all good stuff, a tremendous education, incredible opportunity, it changed my life – it was a marathon, and by the end of it I was pretty beat. — James Van Der Beek

Novel writing is the slowest art form in the world. It is not a sprint. It is not even a marathon. It is a series of marathons that stretch over and over across a continent. — Mohsin Hamid

In the marathon anything can happen. — Paula Radcliffe

When you get close to race day, there’s that anticipation and excitement – it’s the same whatever level you’re running at because the marathon is like a festival. — Paula Radcliffe

Marathon runners set explicit goals. — Joseph B. Wirthlin

Long runs improve your endurance but shorter intervals improve your speed. They are mutually beneficial for a distance runner. If you do 5k runs it will help your marathon. — Eliud Kipchoge

When I’m hard at work, when I’m deep in it, there is no other feeling. For me, my work is at all times building a nation out of thin air. It is manning the troops. It is painting a canvas. It is hitting every high note. It is running a marathon. It is being Beyonce. And it is all of those things at the same time. — Shonda Rhimes

I’ve been running a full marathon every year for more than 20 years, and my record is getting worse. Getting older, getting worse. It’s natural. — Haruki Murakami

Where the marathon starts is after 30 kilometers. That’s where you feel pain everywhere in your body. The muscles are really aching, and only the most prepared and well-organized athlete is going to do well after that. — Eliud Kipchoge

Marathon Day in Boston and all of Massachusetts, it’s Patriot’s Day, and it’s a big celebration for us. It’s a day when we’re kind of the whole world’s city there. — Elizabeth Warren

I enjoy the simplistic training and life in marathon. You run, eat, sleep, walk around – that’s how life is. You don’t get complicated. The moment you get complicated it distracts your mind. — Eliud Kipchoge

My best time is a 3:20 in Paris in 2010, and I trained to try for a 3-hour marathon in New York, but Hurricane Sandy hit, and it was canceled. — Sam Heughan

Playing a three-hour Rush show is like running a marathon while solving equations. — Neil Peart

I have not had the chance to go out there and do myself justice in an Olympic marathon yet. I have not been able to get to an Olympic marathon injury-free yet. — Paula Radcliffe

In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. — Julian Castro

I love to run. I was challenged to run the New York marathon four months after having my youngest son, and since running isn’t a big part of softball, the thought of a marathon was a stretch for me. — Jennie Finch

A lot of marathon runners access flow state. That’s why it’s so addictive: because they just get into this state where they’re just completely one – they are in complete oneness. That’s what happens to me when I play music and, I suppose, a lot of other people, too, which is why we do it. — Tash Sultana

Giving birth was probably the most empowering thing I’ve ever done physically. I was like, ‘Now I can do anything. I can run a marathon… I can run three marathons!’ — Christy Turlington

My wife and I work out together almost every day. It’s just a great way to spend time together. We’re going to run a marathon together later this year, and that’s one more goal that we’ll accomplish as husband and wife. — Bill Rancic

Running a marathon is something I’ve always wanted to do. — Jennie Finch

What I think a lot of great marathon runners do is envision crossing that finish line. Visualization is critical. But for me, I set a lot of little goals along the way to get my mind off that overwhelming goal of 26.2 miles. I know I’ve got to get to 5, and 12, and 16, and then I celebrate those little victories along the way. — Bill Rancic

Plenty of people who are 38 have run really well in the marathon. — Paula Radcliffe

I used to run a full marathon in three hours and 25 or 26 minutes. Not any more. — Haruki Murakami

To run a big marathon and win takes five months. When I’m on the starting line, my mind starts reviewing what I have been doing the last five months. I believe in my training, and I treat myself as the best one standing on that line. — Eliud Kipchoge

I love ‘Real Housewives.’ I love ‘Love & Hip Hop.’ I love HGTV. I love a good Guy Fieri marathon on Food Network. I like comfort TV. — Wendy Williams

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about taking a bigger-picture approach. — Ivanka Trump

I did a movie called Marathon Man and it was one of my best memories. — Dustin Hoffman

I am a marathon runner. I ran the New York City marathon and almost died. I tried to run, like, a two-minute mile early on in the race. I was crazy enough to think I could win. After seven miles I thought I would die, but I slowed down my pace and kept going. — Sean Combs

I look at directing as a sporting event. It’s a race, a marathon. It’s great when it clicks, which is why I push my crews so hard so we can excel. — Michael Bay

A half marathon is a good way to have a bit of fun and race against those girls and learn a bit more about them. The world half marathon is a world championship at the end of the day and it’s important. I’ve win it twice and it’s a quality event. — Paula Radcliffe

Marathon running, like golf, is a game for players, not winners. That is why Callaway sells golf clubs and Nike sells running shoes. But running is unique in that the world’s best racers are on the same course, at the same time, as amateurs, who have as much chance of winning as your average weekend warrior would scoring a touchdown in the NFL. — Hunter S. Thompson

In the marathon obstacle course of a career, it’s just good to have all the stats on paper for why you’re not only a team player but also why it makes sense to support you in the projects you want to do – because you’ve made so much damned money for the studio. — Robert Downey, Jr.

Fear is a very explosive emotion, but it has a short life span. It’s the sprint. The marathon is hope. — Mike Huckabee

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

Instead of arguing about whether we’re allowed to describe Muslim terrorists as ‘Muslim terrorists,’ why don’t we argue about whether it’s a good idea to be letting in so many immigrants who then blow up the Boston Marathon? — Ann Coulter

I’ve run the Boston Marathon 6 times before. I think the best aspects of the marathon are the beautiful changes of the scenery along the route and the warmth of the people’s support. I feel happier every time I enter this marathon. — Haruki Murakami

To me, drum soloing is like doing a marathon and solving equations at the same time. — Neil Peart

It was always a plan that we were going to have a retail side with what were doing musically, like an Apple store or Nike Town. I wanted something where you can come get everything – ‘Marathon’ or ‘All Money’ or ‘Crenshaw’ – and make it like an experience. Especially with what Crenshaw and Slauson meant to my story. — Nipsey Hussle

Health is your greatest wealth, so experiencing a marathon and seeing what you’re capable of is really special. — Christy Turlington

People have to realize that dieting is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. If you celebrate the small victories, you will eventually win the war. — Ian K. Smith

I always do an all-night horror marathon on Saturdays where we start at seven and go until five in the morning. — Quentin Tarantino

Marathon running, for me, was the most controlled test of mettle that I could ever think of. It’s you against Darwin. — Ryan Reynolds

As a scientist, I play in the top league – the Olympics, the World Championships – and I want to be in the lead. As a runner, I set personal goals, and I want to push beyond my own personal limits. I was very happy when I practiced for several months and then reached my goal to run a marathon in 2:50. — Wolfgang Ketterle

One of these days, I’d like to put together a revue of all my music, which would probably turn into a marathon. There’s a couple of hit songs from almost every phase of my career. At the same time, visually, if you don’t handle it properly, it could be a cacophony of craziness, because there’s just so many different kinds of music. — Natalie Cole

When you run a part of the relay and pass on the baton, there is no sense of unfinished business in your mind. There is just the sense of having done your part to the best of your ability. That is it. The hope is to pass on the baton to somebody who will run faster and run a better marathon. — N. R. Narayana Murthy

We didn’t crumble after 9/11. We didn’t falter after the Boston Marathon. But we’re America. Americans will never, ever stand down. We endure. We overcome. We own the finish line. — Joe Biden

Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best. — Michael Johnson

Two days after the Boston marathon bombings, there was a drone strike in Yemen attacking a peaceful village, which killed a target who could very easily have been apprehended. But, of course, it is just easier to terrorise people. The drones are a terrorist weapon; they not only kill targets but also terrorise other people. — Noam Chomsky

The only thing I find difficult to watch – horror movies – not that I don’t like them. Like ‘The Shining,’ it’s one of my favorite movies, but it’s terrifying. I feel like I’ve watched a marathon afterwards. — Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

It’s impossible in heptathlon to have a proper rivalry – you’re spending two days together and seven events and dedicate your life to it. It’s like a marathon: two days of mental and physical exhaustion. — Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I did ‘My Fair Lady’ for almost 3 1/2 years, eight performances a week. It was a marathon. — Julie Andrews

Running a marathon was important to me, so I found time to train for it. Writing books is also important to me, so you know what? I carve out the time. — Rachel Hollis

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