Quotes from Dean Karnazes


Dean Karnazes is an ultra-marathon runner. He ran 350 continuous miles in just over 80 hours, won the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in California’s Death Valley, and even completed 50 marathons, in 50 U.S. states, in 50 consecutive days. He is author of  Ultra Marathon Man, A Runner’s High, and other books. We compiled here a selection of his quotes. We hope that you enjoy them. 

Quotes by Dean Karnazes

“Any goal worth achieving involves an element of risk.”

“Don’t confuse comfort with happiness.”

“Either 100 percent commitment, totally unwavering devotion, or nothing at all.”

“Even if you’re inches away from the finish, never take success for granted.”

“How to run an ultramarathon ? Puff out your chest, put one foot in front of the other, and don’t stop till you cross the finish line.”

“If it comes easy, if it doesn’t require extraordinary effort, you’re not pushing hard enough: It’s supposed to hurt like hell.”

“If you keep chasing your dreams, one day you’ll catch them.”

“Listen to everyone, follow no one. “

“Once you permit yourself to compromise, you fail yourself.”

“Perseverance is more important than speed.”

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”

“Sometimes you’ve got to go through hell to get to heaven.”

“Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness.”

“The human body has limitations; the human spirit is boundless.”

“The only one who can tell you you can’t is you. And you don’t have to listen. “

“The only way I knew how to succeed was to try harder than anyone else. Dogged persistence is what got me through life….Others might be faster, but I could go longer. My strongest quality is that I never give up. “

“Transcend the ordinary.”

“Unless you’re not pushing yourself, you’re not living to the fullest. You can’t be afraid to fail, but unless you fail, you haven’t pushed hard enough.”

“You are better than you think you are.”

“You cannot grow and expand your capabilities to their limits without running the risk of failure. And failure can provide invaluable lessons.”

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