Quotes that stuck (Feb ‘23)

Alwyn Lau
1 min readFeb 7, 2024

“If a diplomat says ‘yes,’ he means ‘perhaps.’ If he says ‘perhaps,’ he
means ‘no.’ And if he says ‘no,’ he’s the hell of a diplomat.” — Agnes Sligh Turnbull

“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.” — William James

“You live simple. You train hard. You live an honest life. Then you are free.” — Eliud Kipchoge

“When I found out that you were wandering the earth with nothing but what you could carry in your pockets, I thought you’d lost your mind. But there’s a part of me that thinks you’re the only one of us that’s got it all figured out.” quoted in Reacher Season 2 finale

“The uninitiated consider the marathon as the supreme running test, but the marathon is only the slow accumulation of fatigue whereas the mile is like a cage-fight.” — Mark Baker

“The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation.” — Anna Lembke

“You don’t stop running because you get old; you get old because you stop running.” — Jack Kirk



Alwyn Lau

Edu-trainer, Žižek studies, amateur theologian, columnist.