書中提到一個問題：“Was Zatopek (送獎牌的跑手） a great men who happened to run, or become a great man because he run?"
"There was some kind of connection between the capacity to love and the capacity of love running. The engineering was certainly the same: both depended on loosening your grip on your own desire, putting aside what you wanted and appreciating what you got, being patient and forgiving and undemanding....."
"Perhaps all our troubles - all the violence, obesity, illness, depression, and greed we can't overcome - began when we stopped living as Running People. Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way."