They say actions speak louder than words. While we nod our heads in the affirmative, sometimes we feel that words are equally as important when your body (action) has already started to give up.

Previously we showcased a collection of inspirational posters for runners. You will have to agree with us that those posters do have a positive impact on our mind and thoughts one way or another.

Today, we would like to inspire and motivate all of you once again, as the adage goes “Getting motivated may be easy, but it’s staying motivated that we often find difficult.” That’s why at RunSociety, we strive to try to keep motivating every one of us and together we can make a difference.

So here is a list of our favorite inspiration quotes that we can apply whether in running or in life. Keep them in mind and post the list on your mirror, fridge, bed or your computer as a constant adrenaline boost.

It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great!
– Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
– Edward Stanley

Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it’s hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run.
– Monte Davis

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
– Lou Holtz

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
– Seneca

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
-Lowell Thomas

No one ever drowned in sweat.
– Author Unknown

I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.
– Bart Yasso

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
-Jesse Owens

Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week. It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.
– Richard O’Brien

To get to the finish line, you’ll have to try lots of different paths.
– Amby Burfoot

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
– Muhammad Ali

What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the days gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.
– John Bingham, running writer and speaker

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.
– Les Brown

Running should be a lifelong activity. Approach it patiently and intelligently, and it will reward you for a long, long time.
– Michael Sargent

Remember the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running.
– Sarah Condor

Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
– Willie Shoemaker

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
– Rosalynn Carter

If you don’t risk anything you risk even more.
– Erica Jong

In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
-Oprah Winfrey

Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?
– Peter Maher, Canadian marathon runner

“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham

Nothing’s better than the wind to your back, the sun in front of you, and your friends beside you.
– Aaron Douglas Trimble

During the hard training phase never be afraid to take a day off. If your legs are feeling unduly stiff and sore, rest; if you are at all sluggish, rest; in fact, if in doubt, rest.
– Bruce Fordyce

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
– Thomas A. Edison

If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.
– Carl Lewis

You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone.
– Percy Cerutty

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
– Mark Twain

Spirit…has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle.
– Unknown

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.– Liane Cardes

Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.– Pat Tyson

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.– George S. Patton

Run hard, be strong, think big.– Percy Cerutty

Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.– Henry Ford

Thus I urge you to go on to your greatness if you believe it is in you. Think deeply and separate what you wish from what you are prepared to do.– Percy Cerutty

The important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.– Herb Elliott

The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit. – Ken Doherty

All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.– Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
– Bruce Barton

Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined.– Carlos Lopes, Portugal

No matter our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.– Dr. Dale Turner

Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.– Dr. George Sheehan

What is your favorite motivational quote?

Do you have your own personal quotes? Why not share them with fellow runners here?

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