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  • The great disadvantage of being in a rat race is that it is humiliating. The competitors in a rat race are, by definition, rodents.

  • ... the crucial disadvantage of aggression, competitiveness and skepticism as national characteristics is that these qualities cannot be turned off at five o'clock.

  • A child motivated by competitive ideals will grow into a man without conscience, shame, or true dignity.

    • George Sand,
    • 1837, in Marie Jenney Howe, ed., The Intimate Journal of George Sand ()
  • A competitive society is a society of envy.

  • Competition is a moral problem and an emotional tangle and a political conundrum.

    • Valerie Miner,
    • "Competition Among Feminist Writers," Rumors From the Cauldron ()
  • The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.

    • Anna Jameson,
    • "Washington Allston," Memoirs and Essays Illustrative of Art, Literature, and Social Morals ()
  • 'I should not like Aubrey to die,' said Dudley. 'I only nearly died, and it would give him the immediate advantage.'

  • Competition is. In every business, no matter how small or how large, someone is just around the corner forever trying to steal your ideas and build his success out of your imagination, struggling after that which you have toiled endless years to secure, striving to outdo you in each and every way. If such a competitor would work as hard to originate as he does to copy, he would much more quickly gain success.

  • Your opponent, in the end, is never really the player on the other side of the net, or the swimmer in the next lane, or the team on the other side of the field, or even the bar you must high-jump. Your opponent is yourself, your negative internal voices, your level of determination.

    • Grace Lichtenstein,
    • "Competition in Women's Athletics," in Valerie Miner and Helen E. Longino, eds., Competition ()
  • I'm amazed by how many people I meet can't wrap their head around what I do. It's not disrespect to me. But it bothers me that they just can't imagine it — a girl who drives monster trucks.

    • Rosalee Ramer,
    • in Justin Berton, "Girl, 16, crushes competition in monster trucks and math," San Francisco Chronicle ()
  • Like families, competitors can bring out the worst as well as the best in each other. Like romance, competition has many faces, some of them ugly. In addition to showing me my grace and graciousness, the mirror of sports has reflected back to me my jealousy, pettiness, and arrogance.

  • Competition is about passion for perfection, and passion for other people who join in this impossible quest.

  • Competition can damage self-esteem, create anxiety, and lead to cheating and hurt feelings. But so can romantic love.

  • ... competition with a parent is doomed from the start: you're a loser if you fail, a traitor if you win.

  • I don't have to be enemies with someone to be competitors with them.