Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired. You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.
~George S. Patton, U.S. Army General & 1912 Olympian
What a great quote! I have mentioned a couple of times that running is very much a mental game for me. I have to will myself to keep going because I always seem to want to stop, at least at the beginning. Mind over matter!
The part about when you were younger… isn’t it the truth? When you were younger you could run and play all day and never be tired or sore.
Also, until I read this quote I didn’t know that Patton was an Olympian. According to Wikipedia he participated in the first ever modern pentathlon in 1912, finishing 5th overall. The pentathlon events were shooting, swimming (300 meter freestyle), fencing, equestrian (cross-country steeplechase), and running (4k cross country). He qualified for the 1916 Olympics as well, to be held in Berlin, but the Games were canceled due to WWI.
A great athlete in addition to a great general, Patton was a pretty talented man!