"The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.”
Ecclesiastes, Ch. 9, v. 11
‘The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running” is a runner’s aphorism, based on Ecclesiastes, that has been cited in print since at least 1984. The saying has been popularized on posters and T-shirts.
Gamblers added a different ending to Ecclesiastes, “The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.”
7 August 1984, Seattle (WA) Daily Times, “Thousands meet the 10,000 meter Pepsi challenge,” advertising supplement:
As is often said, “The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”
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18 October 1985, Tri-City Herald (Pasco, Kennewick, Richland, WA), “Thrill of the Marathon” by Gale Metcalf, pg. C1, col. 3:
Lord, help me to remember that the race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. — Jogger’s Prayer
1 February 1987, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, “Murray lobbies for respect, not sympathy” by Stephen Buckley, pg. 1C:
The poster reads, “The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”
Rodale’s Runner’s World
Volume 22, Issues 1-6
Pg. 57 ad:
“The race is not always to the swift but to those who keep on running.” This stunning Runner’s T-Shirt is silk-screened with five vivid colors: green, grey, black, blue and tan.
Days of Healing, Days of Joy:
Daily Meditations for Adult Children
By Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty
New York, NY: Harper/Hazelden
The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. — Anonymous
New York City • Exercise/Running/Health Clubs • (2) Comments • Friday, June 08, 2012 • Permalink
I liked your post!
I think life is a race and everyone is runner. I like to do difficult task because difficulties of life make you more intelligent and tough, pure iron person.
The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
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