Sharing Some Quotes from the “late, great” Ayrton Senna

Article Title: Sharing Some Quotes from the “late, great” Ayrton Senna

Submitted by Craig Lock Key Words: Motor racing, Ayrton Senna,, sport, elite performance, champion, champions, Formula 1, great racing drivers, racing drivers, champion drivers, Grand Prix drivers, Grand Prix champions, Formula One champions/drivers, mind, mind-power, “the zone”, success, success principles, achievement , excellence (enough there now, craig!) Web site:

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

Other Articles are available at: and (Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”



A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing is important to men who do it well. When you re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

– Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans (1971)

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“Then you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

I was already on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my team mate with the same car.

And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension.

It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit but still able to find even more.

Because in a split second, it’s gone.

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

Fear is exciting for me.

I continuously go further and further learning about my own limitations, my body limitation, psychological limitations. It’s a way of life for me.

I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s.

I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.

If you have God on your side, everything becomes clear.

I am able to experience God’s presence on earth.

It’s going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I’ll risk saying that we’ll be lucky if something really serious doesn’t happen.

Money is a strange business. People who haven’t got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles.

My biggest error? Something that is to happen yet.

Of course there are moments that you wonder how long you should be doing it because there are other aspects which are not nice, of this lifestyle. But I just love winning.

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit.

The danger sensation is exciting. The challenge is to find new dangers.

Then suddenly something just kicked me. I kind of woke up and realised that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down.

There are no small accidents on this circuit.


These things bring you to reality as to how fragile you are; at the same moment you are doing something that nobody else is able to do. The same moment that you are seen as the best, the fastest and somebody that cannot be touched, you are enormously fragile.

Wealthy men can’t live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.

When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough.

Winning is the most important. Everything is consequence of that.

Women – always in trouble with them, but can’t live without them.

You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not.

You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.

Racing, competing, it’s in my blood. It’s part of me, it’s part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else.”

– Ayrton Senna

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If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” and YOU too can became a champion (your OWN)!

Reach for the stars and discover the champion of life in YOU through playing your own brand of music on the magical journey of life.

Shared (with thanks) by craig (“Information and Inspiration Distributer + totally unmusical motor racing fanatic and passionate petrol-head “)

“A champion is not a title, but a set of qualities: Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with dedication, purpose, desire and passion. True champions LIVE the dream, the vision of who and what they can one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”

– craig

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?'”

– Bobby Kennedy

“Our talents are our gifts from God…

but what we do with our talents are our gifts TO God.”

About the submitter:

Craig is a motor racing “fanatic” ( a “passionate petrol-head”), who loves to test his own writing limits and challenge his imagination to the’fullest’. He believes in (and loves) helping others to find their passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for, then accomplish their “wildest” dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams, even ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his various books on motor racing) are available at:

He is currently “working” on ‘The Winning Way and ‘The Red Helmet’ (and these books are already available on Amazon

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and so become ‘ever more champions of life’.”



“To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race – the race against fear –

(trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age);

To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit

Of courage is the epitome of courage;

To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself.

To triumph is to achieve glory

But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition

Of courage, of grace –

For the possession of these is the true glory.

Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well

And is primarily engendered by respect:

Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man’s shortcomings or faults

But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues –

For without virtue

What is man – be he on the track challenging the fates,

Or on a bed of sleep?


(from the International Grand Prix Book of Motor Racing (Edited by Michael Frewin and first published by Leslie Frewin, London in 1965)

A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing is important to men who do it well. When you re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”

– Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans (1971)

“Aim at the stars, because you might just reach them.”


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