A boo is a lot louder than a cheer, if you have 10 people cheering and one person booing all you hear is the booing.
As quoted in "King of the Hill" by Kelli Anderson in Sports Illustrated (5 August 2002)
I want to die at a hundred years old with an American flag on my back and the star of Texas on my helmet, after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at 75 miles per hour. I want to cross one last finish line as my stud wife and my ten children applaud, and then I want to lie down in a field of those famous French sunflowers and gracefully expire, the perfect contradiction to my once anticipated poignant early demise.Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life (2001)
I want all of you to know that I intend to beat this disease. And further, I intend to ride again as a professional cyclist.Lance ArmstrongAnnouncing that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in a press conference (8 October 1996)
I want to finish by saying that I intend to be an avid spokesperson for testicular cancer once I have beaten the disease... I want this to be a positive experience and I want to take this opportunity to help others who might someday suffer from the same circumstance I face today.Lance ArmstrongPress conference (8 October 1996)
Every year the media comes up with something to describe my race … The first year it was "the comeback." Then it was the "the confirmation." I don't know what it was last year. This year, for me, it's "the year of the team." I can't say how I compare to the rider I was in 1999 or 2000 or 2001, but this team is much stronger than it has ever been. It has made it easier for me.Lance ArmstrongAs quoted in "King of the Hill" by Kelli Anderson in Sports Illustrated (5 August 2002)
Jake, why are you sitting in the front? I thought you liked it in the rear.Lance ArmstrongOn stage comment to Jake Gyllenhaal, who has been recently nominated for an Oscar for Brokeback Mountain, at the ESPY Awards (16 July 2006)
All their players tested positive... for being assholes.Lance ArmstrongAbout the French 2006 FIFA World Cup team during his speech at the ESPY Awards, as quoted in "Armstrong accuses France World Cup team of being 'assholes'" in The Guardian (16 July 2006); he later commented on his use of profanity: "If they'd lived with me and heard me at home, they'd know it was a step down.."
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.Lance ArmstrongArmstrong, Lance. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. New York: Berkley Books, 2001
One of the redeeming things about being an athlete is redefining what is humanly possible.Lance ArmstrongAs quoted in "What's Possible" in Fast Company (19 December 2007)
I'm a flawed character... I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong Admits to Doping, 'One Big Lie', as reported in the Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2013.
Life, to me, is a series of false limits and my challenge as an athlete is to explore those limits on a bike.Lance Armstrongp. 21 (Every Second Counts (2003))
The Tour (de France) is essentially a math problem, a 2,000-mile race over three weeks that's sometimes won by a margin of a minute or less. How do you propel yourself through space on a bicycle, sometimes steeply uphill, at a speed sustainable for three weeks? Every second counts.Lance ArmstrongEvery Second Counts (2003, p. 157)
If a script writer had come up with a story resembling what you have just achieved, even the Hollywood studios would have refused.Lance ArmstrongPhil Knight, Nike chief executive, as quoted in "Pain is temporary... quitting lasts forever" in The Telegraph (25 July 2004)
"Him? No way. Absolutely not, he has no conscience."Lance ArmstrongGreg LeMond, American cyclist, three time Tour de France winner, in response to the question of whether Lance Armstrong would come clean about doping.
We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.Lance ArmstrongIt's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
I want to die at a hundred years old with an American flag on my back and the star of Texas on my helmet, after screaming down an Alpine descent on a bicycle at 75 miles per hour. I want to cross one last finish line as my wife and my ten children applaud, and then I want to lie down in a field of those famous French sunflowers and gracefully expire, the perfect contradiction to my once anticipated poignant early demise.Lance Armstrongp. 1 (It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life (2000))
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