We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.
Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.
The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.
Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
As long as you've done your best, making mistakes doesn't matter. You and I are human; we will mess up. What counts is learning from your mistakes and getting back up when life has knocked you down.
Heart is what separates the good from the great.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
The best way to show respect to your fellow athletes is to give the best performance you can.
The mind is perhaps one of the greatest factors in gymnastics; if one can't control his mind, he can't control his body.
Everything is about your movements and precision and timing, which is what gymnastics is about.
Chess is intellectual gymnastics.
Everyone gets scared, and everyone falls. The key is to get right back up and try again.
I wasn't too good at vaulting, and I didn't have running speed and jumping power.
When I go in to compete, whether it's gymnastics or anything else, I do my own thing. I compete with myself.
One time a French reporter asked me how I could do a cross so easily. I said, "You just lower your body down until your arms are straight out to the sides, then you stop."
It's not about winning or losing a competition, it's about beating the doubt from within yourself and knowing at the end of each day you are one step closer to your goals.
A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Hard work is always hard work, for young gymnasts and old gymnasts. Whoever can handle this will be a champion.
My message is to never quit, never give up. When you have a little trouble here and there, just keep fighting. In the end, it will pay off.
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