Oregon’s Steve “Pre” Prefontaine might have been the greatest distance runner in American history, and he is certainly one of the most inspirational. By the age of 24, he had won six national collegiate distance titles and two Amateur Athletic Union crowns and set 15 American records at every distance from 2 miles through 10,000 meters. He died in 1975 in a car accident when he was just 24, but nearly 40 years later, his thoughts on fitness still inspire.
Among his many inspiring quotes: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift,” and “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."
Oprah on Smart Choices
It’s no secret that TV talk-show host, producer, and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has struggled with her weight for much of her life — she’s been quite public about her ups and downs on the scale. Along the way, she has tried to provide much weight-loss inspiration to others. In 2003, writing about her weight struggles in her magazine, O, she offered this inspirational weight-loss quote:
“What I know for sure is this: The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal for this year is, you can get there — as long as you're willing to be honest with yourself about the preparation and work involved. There are no back doors, no free rides. There's just you, this moment, and a choice.”