Favorite Quotes

"Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."  --Albert Einstein

"If I have seen farther, it is because I have stood on the backs of giants." -- Sir Isaac Newton

"The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."   -- George Eliot

"The condition of exercise is not a mere variant of the condition of rest, it is the essence of the machine." -- Sir Joseph Barcroft (1934)  

"In as much as the physiology of exercise is actually the total physiology of a nonresting, nonsupine individual, all areas of physiology are essential because there is no physiological function, regulation, or control that is not vital (i.e., exercise physiology = physiology in toto)." -- Loring B. Rowell, Ph.D.  

"[Q] Where do you see the exercise science field (particularly your area of greatest interest) heading in the next 20 years? [A] This field may play a more vital role in the biological sciences than we had once imagined. If the basic life scientist’s rush to apply their expertise to provide functional meaning to the genetic code, as is expected, who will be left to teach basic human biology and physiology? Who will explore the functional consequences of aging, for example? Who will discover what controls breathing and the circulation during exercise? Who will do the systematic, integrative science that reveals how whole organ systems and organisms actually work? These questions are not likely to be answered by reductionists (e.g., molecular biologists) working upward from molecules to cells to systems – this is in the wrong direction!" -- Loring B. Rowell, Ph.D. [As cited in McArdle, Katch, & Katch’s Exercise Physiology: Energy, Nutrition, and Human Performance, 5th Edition. (2001)]  

"Good information is the best medicine." -- Michael E. DeBakey, M.D.

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me." -- Sir Isaac Newton [Cited in Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man. (1973)]  

"A living organism is nothing but a wonderful machine endowed with the most marvelous properties and set going by means of the most complex and delicate mechanism."  -- Claude Bernard [Cited in Introduction to the History of Modern Experimental Medicine. (1957)]  

"A man must go to the mountains for health, but also to get a true insight into things." -- General William Jackson Palmer  

"It takes time to take care of yourself." -- Augustine Banuelos 

"It takes a very long time to become young." -- Pablo Picasso  

"When you sell a man a book, you don’t sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life." -- Christopher Morley 

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." -- Thomas Edison