Steve Prefontaine was not only a great runner, he was also a bit profound with his words when talking about his passion, running. I've listed a few of those little gems below:
Steve Prefontaine Quotes
"The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die"
"Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative."
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more."
"I don't just go out there and run. I like to give people watching something exciting."
"Something inside of me just said, 'Hey, wait a minute, I want to beat him,' and I just took off."
"Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started."
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
"How does a kid from Coos Bay, with one leg longer than the other win races? All my life people have been telling me, 'You're too small Pre', 'You're not fast enough Pre', 'Give up your foolish dream Steve'. But they forgot something, I HAVE TO WIN."
"What I want is to be number one."
"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it."
"Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy two miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself."
"I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it."
"A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding."
"Don't let fatigue make a coward of you."
"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement."
"Running gives me confidence."