Welcome back to the Great 8 List, all!

Why 8 you ask? Well, in addition to rhyming so well with the word “great” (thus providing a catchy title for my countdown) the number 8 is also my lucky number. (The number 2 is my other lucky number, but two items does not a countdown make).

Also, studies prove that absolutely everybody is a little more ADD today than they were yesterday, and a little less ADD than they will be tomorrow. So a Great 8 List has all the benefits of a Top 10, without those last two things that nobody has time for anyways.


Now, truth talk- I would just like to state for the record that the only thing the Boston Marathon Bombing has taught me about humanity over the last few days is how innately good it is as a whole.

In the days before the explosions, there was the most amazing vibe of happiness and love rippling through the streets of Boston as it does every year leading up to the marathon. The excitement is palpable. People literally walk around shaking hands, saying “congratulations” and “good luck” to strangers wearing their marathon jackets as they stand in line at Starbucks or window shop along Newbury St. And when the bombs exploded, that spirit saved countless lives.

Hoards of people instantly ran toward the smoke to help the victims without any consideration for their own safety. People who live near the race quickly opened their homes to runners who had nowhere else to go.  Exhausted marathoners kept running to hospitals to give blood. Bloggers have written the most heartfelt posts and runners across the US are wearing blue and yellow to show their solidarity. And Yankees fans have put aside the most awesome rivalry in sports (for the time being) to stand with Boston:


It’s an incredible outpouring of love that is louder than any bomb and felt more widely than any shock wave could reach.

Today’s Great 8 List features some of my favorite quotes that speak to the goodness of humanity as well as to the inner athlete in all of us who has the strength to overcome, well, anything.

8 Quotes to Remind You How Strong You Are

8. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops in the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi

7. Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank

6. Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. – Bernard Williams

5. Pain is only weakness leaving the body. – Unknown

4. We gain strength, courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. -Eleanor Roosevelt

3. Only the weak are cruel, gentleness can only be expected from the strong. – Leo Buscaglia

2. Distance runners are experts in pain, discomfort and fear… Any serious runner bounces back. That’s the nature of their game. – Mark Wetmore




When do you feel your strongest?

Do you have a mantra or something you always tell yourself when you’re feeling down to pick yourself back up?


12 Thoughts on “8 Quotes to Remind You How Strong You Are

  1. HUGE fan of this post!!! I always feel the strongest when I’m running!!

  2. I too LOVE this post! It speaks eloquently about all the love that (amazingly) exist in the world!
    People of faith still believe even when there is no good reason to believe!…All you have to do is just keep putting one foot in front of the other really fast!

  3. I love quotes like this! So inspirational! I definitely feel the strongest towards the end of my long runs! I feel so accomplished!

  4. I love these quotes – I’m saving this post for the next time I need a little uplifting! And nothing gives me that strong feeling like running or knocking a big goal off my life list :) my motto is “just keep…” (swimming, running, cooking, etc.) Its catchy and works all the time!

  5. Great quotes, Charlotte! If Anne Frank could believe people were still good after what she went through, then it inspires me to have faith in people too. And I love #3 too! :)

  6. I love this post, and to add a quote I found recently –

    The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
    Arthur C. Clarke

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