To boast of a performance which I cannot beat is merely stupid vanity. And if I can beat it that means there is nothing special about it. What has passed is already finished with. What I find more interesting is what is still to come.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
A runner must run with dreams in his heart, not money in his pocket.
You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it.
A. J. Buckley