If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.
I want to be remembered as a person who felt there was no limitation to what the human body and mind can do and be the inspiration to lead people to do things they never hoped to do.
It's all about the journey, not the outcome.
Channel your energy. Focus.
My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus.
Life is about timing.
I never competed against athletes. I competed against perfection.
Join me in the final race to smash poverty and achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals
The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.
The best kids are going to become the best. But the best thing about it is that you're going to learn lessons in playing those sports about winning and losing and teamwork and teammates and arguments and everything else that are going to affect you positively for the rest of your life.
The people are fed up with their elected officials playing the blame game and treating their political counterparts as enemies.
Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.
People have a moral standard about what they will do and will not do. At the end of the day someone who cheats has a lower moral standard than someone who does not. And they will cheat in other areas of life as well.
My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
Every New Year's Eve, I have a pact to do something I never thought I'd do. So I created this list. You have to free your mind to do things you wouldn't think of doing. Don't ever say no.
I've always known that sporting people frequently suffer from joint problems because of the repeated strain they put on their bodies to get to the top. But somehow I never thought it would happen to me.
I know there are a lot of people out there who have the best intentions but not the voice, so it's about people like me to give them a voice and hear their ideas.
Whether I'm 40, 50 or 60, I'm going to be as physically strong as I am able.
When I decided to go for four gold medals I planned it out over a few years. It was in four different events and there was a lot to it.
You're not going to get a chance to vote for me on the ballot, but you can actually vote for what I believe in.
I want to be a millionaire, and I don't ever want a real job.
There is no correlation between a childhood success and a professional athlete.
An athlete and actor are really two different temperaments, night and day. As an athlete you really keep things out and as an actor you really bring things in.
I work with the Carl Lewis Foundation focusing on youth from high school down.
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