Lance Armstrong Quotes


I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people

Forever is a big word. I'm not going anywhere.

Lance Armstrong is not the biggest fraud in the history of world sport. US Postal was not the most sophisticated doping programme.

At this point of my life I'm not out to protect anybody. I'm out to protect seven people and they all have the last name Armstrong.

I spent a long time trying to build up an organisation [the Lance Armstrong Foundation that changed its name to Livestrong after his confession] to help a lot of people.

For 15 years I was a complete arsehole to a dozen people. I said I would try and make it right with those people and anybody that gave me an audience I was there.

My ruthless desire to win at all costs served me well on the bike but the level it went to for whatever reason is a flaw. That desire that attitude that arrogance.

Cycling is a sport of the open road and spectators are lining that road.

What makes a great endurance athlete is the ability to absorb potential embarrassment and to suffer without complaint.

Hope that is the only antidote to fear.

Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance but you have to believe and you have to fight.

Anything is possible but you have to believe and you have to fight.

No one automatically gives you respect just because you show up. You have to earn it

Knowledge is power community is strength and positive attitude is everything

Pain is Temporary Quitting Lasts Forever.

Average is Your Enemy.

A boo is a lot louder than a cheer.

When you know your not going to die you have to ask yourself... What's the highest and best use for myself.

Life to me is a series of false limits and my challenge as an athlete is to explore those limits

It's tough to be a 15- or 16-year-old athlete competing around the country. There's tension there's media. I had no idea what I was getting into.

I have never doped â?¦ I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one.

Athletes don't have much use for poking around in their childhoods because introspection doesn't get you anywhere in a race.

I am just coming into my best years. This year I did new things; stretching and abdominal work.

For whatever reason maybe it's because of my story but people associate Livestrong with exercise and physical fitness health and lifestyle choices like that.

My advice to you is never stop believing.

I don't think anybody else from my generation had federal agents standing at their door with a badge and a gun saying: 'You are going to answer my questions'.

My actions and reactions and the way I treated certain scenarios were way out of line so I deserved some punishment.

There was more happiness in the process in the build in the preparation. The winning was almost phoned in.

Made plenty of mistakes along the way - all of which I am truly sorry.

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.

For most of my life I had operated under a simple schematic of winning and losing but cancer was teaching me a tolerance for ambiguities.

One of the redeeming things about being an athlete is redefining what is humanly possible.

Extraordinary allegations require extraordinary evidence.

The body is telling the mind to stop. The mind is telling the body to shut up.

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.

My greatest point is my persistence... However down I am I fight until the last ball.

We are much better than we know.

It's simple. Success comes from training harder living better and digging deeper than the others.

Do it even if you shouldn't do it becuase you want to do it becuase it will make things better.

It works better for me to be nervous and hungry.

The biggest losers are those who care only about winning.

If you worried about falling off the bike you'd never get on.

Chasing records doesn't keep me on my bike. Happiness does.

Portland Oregon won't build a mile of road without a mile of bike path. You can commute there even with that weather all the time.

I exercise everyday. I swim I bike I run and I go to the gym.

It's something I find enjoyable. Whether it is a road bike or mountain bike or tandem bike. I enjoy riding a bike.

It's ironic I used to ride my bike to make a living. Now I just want to live so that I can ride.

The answer is hard work. What are you doing on Christmas Eve? Are you riding your bike? January 1st - are you riding your bike?

In my most painful moments on the bike I am at my most curious and I wonder each and every time how I will respond.

Everybody wants to know what I'm on. What am I on? I'm on my bike busting my ass six hours a day. What are you on?

Yellow wakes me up in the morning. Yellow gets me on the bike every day. Yellow has taught me the true meaning of sacrifice. Yellow makes me suffer. Yellow is the reason I'm here.

I didn't just jump back on the bike and win. There were a lot of ups and downs good results and bad results but this time I didn't let the lows get to me.

A bicycle is the long-sought means of transportation for all of us who have runaway hearts.

There was certainly a dishonesty there that I think is totally regrettable and inexcusable. The ringleading the bullying: not totally true.

My house is burned but I can see the sky.

If there was a god I'd still have both nuts.

The ban is completely out of my hands. And I think in most people's minds even if it's unrealistic to them it's one that I left myself with no choice on.

â??"Make an obstacle an opportunity make a negative a positive.

I'm not a patient person.

Hard work sacrifice and focus will never show up in tests.

How do you fight an invisible opponent like suspicion?

Regardless of one victory two victories four victories there's never been a victory by a cancer survivor. That's a fact that hopefully I'll be remembered for.

The idea that anybody was forced or pressured or encouraged is not true.

It's a great feeling when someone like Bernard Hinault comes up to you on the podium to say 'Welcome to the club

To all the cynics I'm sorry for you ... I'm sorry you can't believe in miracles. This is a great sporting event and hard work wins it.

I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles

I become a happier man each time I suffer

When I made the decision - when my team-mates made that decision when the whole peloton made that decision - it was a bad decision and an imperfect time. But it happened.

I know what happened to cycling from 1999 to 2005. I saw its growth I saw its expansion.

If you ever get a second chance in life for something you've got to go all the way.

I'm not willing to put a percentage on the chances but I will no longer rule it out.

My mom was such a strong character. I don't want to say she was like a man but she was tough.

If there is a defining characteristic of a man as opposed to a boy maybe it's patience.

I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999.

I got the three things I wanted. I did my job I worked hard in the process and I cherish the memories and they're mine.

If we don't somehow stem the tide of childhood obesity we're going to have a huge problem.

We all want to be forgiven. There's a lot of really really bad people who want to be forgiven but will never be forgiven and I might be in that camp.

The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.

How many times do I have to say it? â?¦ Well it can't be any clearer than 'I've never taken drugs.'

If you're trying to hide something you wouldn't keep getting away with it for 10 years. Nobody is that clever.

My cocktail so to speak was only EPO but not a lot transfusions and testosterone.

What matters is ultimately what collectively those people on the street - whether that's the cycling community the cancer community - it matters what they think.

I've given gifts in the Tour de France and it's come back to bit me. So no gifts.

Cancer doesnâ??t care if youâ??re Republican or Democrat.

I'm cycling to take cancer message worldwide.

The question was which would the chemo kill first: the cancer or me?

I've committed to surfing the rest of my life.

I thought I knew what fear was until I heard the words 'You have cancer'.

So if there is a purpose to the suffering that is cancer I think it must be this: it's meant to improve us.

Before my diagnosis [cancer] I was a competitor but not a fierce competitor. When I was diagnosed that turned me into a fighter.

Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals without companions. The fact is no one ascends alone.

It's frustrating in the sense that I still think I could be competing at some sport at a fairly high level which nobody cares about. Nobody wants to hear me say that.

Nothing goes to waste you put it all to use the old wounds and long-ago slights become the stuff of competitive energy.

It was great to fight in training great to fight in the race but you don't need to fight in a press conference or an interview or a personal interaction.

We have unrealized capacities that sometimes only emerge in crisis.

I tried to control the narrative.

You can teach someone how to control their strength but you can't teach them to be strong.

Twenty-plus-year career 500 drug controls worldwide in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case.

Nobody needs to cry for me. I'm going to be great.

I didn't invent the culture but I didn't try to stop the culture

My mother told me...if you're going to get anywhere you're going to have to do it yourself because no one is going to do it for you.

I wanted to win the Tour de France. And when I won it once I wanted to do it again and again and again it just kept going. So there wasn't another competitive environment.

If I was racing in 2015 no I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to. If you take me back to 1995 when doping was completely pervasive I would probably do it again.

Nobody is going to feel sorry for me if I've lost a dollar or $100m.

I still don't get golf.

If life gives you lemons drink the juice in order to mask the presence of performing-enhancing drugs.

People refer to 'the good ol' days' but I don't know what they're talking about. As someone who's battled cancer if I lived more than 20 years ago I'd be a dead man

At least I didn't invent a dead girlfriend

The way you live your life the perspective you select is a choice you make every single day when you wake up. It's yours to decide.

Losing and dying: it's the same thing.

Through my illness I learned rejection. I was written off. That was the moment I thought Okay game on. No prisoners. Everybody's going down.

I have never had a single positive doping test and I do not take performance-enhancing drugs.

I am flawed deeply flawed. I didn't invent the [doping] culture but I didn't try to stop the culture and that's my mistake and that's what I have to be sorry for.

I don't need a field of a thousand people. Anybody can tell you that whoever needs help I'm happy to help.

I love this race from the very depths of my heart. It gives me motivation and it transcendsme like nothing else in the world.

The day it all changed. The day I stated never to take anything for granted. The day I learned to take charge of my life. It was the day I was diagnosed with cancer.

The Europeans look down on raising your hands. They don't like the end-zone dance. I think that's unfortunate. That feeling - the finish line the last couple of meters - is what motivates me.

Pain is temporary. Eventually it will subside. If I quit however the surrender stays with me.

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.

What ever your 100% looks like give it.

But listen Eddie Merkyx would have won six Tours if he hadn't been punched.

We have two options medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.

Your past forms you whether you like it or not. Each encounter and experience has its own effect and you're shaped the way the wind shapes a mesquite tree on a plain.

Obviously I come from one background and the people that design fitness equipment have been doing it for years and years and they know what works and doesn't work.

There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say: 'Enough is enough.'

On a friendship with former president George W. Bush: He's a personal friend but we've all got the right not to agree with our friends.

I may be in timeout forever. But I hope not to be.

Pain is only temporary. Quitting is forever!

Truth is a triathlete won the Tour de France seven times.

I can get up in the morning and look myself in the mirror and my family can look at me too and that's all that matters.

It can't be any simpler: the farewell is going to be on the Champs-Elysees.

Fear is priceless education.

I figure the faster I pedal the faster I can retire.

Two things scare me. The first is getting hurt. But that's not nearly as scary as the second which is losing.

Giving up was never an option

It's nice to win. I'll never win again. I may have to take up golf - take on Tiger.

I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days or great days.

During our lives...we experience so many setbacks and fight such a hand-to-hand battle with failure head down in the rain just trying to stay upright and to have a little hope.

I rode and I rode and I rode. I rode like I had never ridden punishing my body up and down every hill I could find. I rode when no one else would ride.

You know what they say the high trees get the wind.

It's funny because I have periods where I just kind of go dark. I don't tweet I don't talk I don't interview and then I have times where I do.

But the fact is that I wouldn't have won even a single Tour de France without the lesson of illness. What it teaches is this: pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.

It's tougher for me. But I don't think that's imperative to me starting a new movement or revive an old movement to help people.

When I was sick I didn't want to die. When I race I don't want to lose. Dying and losing it's the same thing.

I guess if a person didn't quit when the going got tough they wouldn't have anything to regret for the rest of their life.

I'm not trying to justify myself or say I'm not sorry or not contrite.

If I can't face my accusers that's a joke. We did that in medieval times.

Marathons are hard because of the physical pain the pounding on the muscles joints tendons.

I joined the swim team when I was 12 and I was the worst kid in the pool - I was put with a group of 7-year-olds.

Winning is about heart not just legs. It's got to be in the right place.

I didn't live a lot of lies but I lived one big one.

Motivation can't take you very far if you don't have the legs.

I know what happened to my foundation from raising no money to raising $500m serving three million people. Do we want to take that away? I don't think anybody says yes.

I believe that the mind powers the body and once the mind says we want to do it then the body will follow.

I have never doped. I can say it again but I've said it for seven years.

My career is going to be played out year by year. Will I be here in 2004? I don't know. The record won't keep me here. Happiness will.

There's no rule no law no regulation that says you can't come back. So I have every right to come back.

Well you better ride like you stole something 'cause you are about to win a stage in the Tour de Fance.

If a script writer had come up with a story resembling what you have just achieved even the Hollywood studios would have refused.

We've all made mistakes they are not toxic and evil.

I guess if I looked at it from an athletic standpoint I don't really need to win another Tour. Seven Tours for me was a dream six broke the record so that eight doesn't really mean much.