David Allen, Coach, Gilman School:

  • “Through a variety of (athletic) activities, (we) can learn valuable life lessons such as cooperation, resiliency, humility and persistence..”
  • “Personal best should be stressed, not necessarily being the best.”

Bounce (Movie):
“It isn’t brave if you’re not afraid.”

Charles Darwin, Scientist:
“It is not… the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Dean Karnazes, Athlete (ultrarunner):
“Western culture has things backwards. We equate comfort with happiness, and now we’re so comfortable we’re miserable.” In struggle, there is magic!

Vanessa Jean Landau, Health Educator, Resiliency Coach:

  • “We are born with free will that we may be our own heroes. Given all with which we contend, it is indeed our birthright.”
  • “As breath gives life to the body so does inspiration give life to the heart, mind, the dreams, the hopes.”
  • “The finest gift we ever give is the example of our lives, for it is the Walk we walk that bears our legacy.”
  • “The Olympic feats for which we sacrifice are often ones for which no medals are bestowed.”
  • “We conquer time when we learn. Beyond basic learning, which tends to accrue in a linear fashion, conceptual learning tends to invoke a gestalt of multiple lines of thought. We learn more efficiently.”
  • “We who thrive find excellence regardless of the tides of fortune.”

Sir Arthur Lewis, Educator, Princeton University, Nobel Prize winner:
“Excellence is achieved not only by intellect, it derives even more from character.”

Nelson Mandela, President, South Africa
“We are not afraid of our inconsequence but our power…”

M. Scott Peck, Therapist, Author, The Road Less Traveled:

  • “One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them. It is through reaching toward evolution that we evolve.”
  • “Discipline is the basic set of tools we require to solve life’s problems.”

William Shakespeare, Playwright, Poet:
“This above all else… to thine own self be true.”

Strictly Ballroom (Movie):
“A life lived in fear is a life half-lived.”

Talmud (Holy Scripture):
“Every blade of grass has an angel above it, whispering ‘Grow… grow!’”

Danny Thomas, Comedian, Philanthropist:
“You are a thoroughbred. Run your own race, Baby!


  • “Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.”
  • “If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.”

Gary Walters, Educator, Coach, Princeton University:
“Athletics is all about character.”


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