"Louie and Seabiscuit were both Californians and both on the sports pages in the 1930s. I was fascinated. When I learned about his World War II experiences, I thought, 'If this guy is still alive, I want to meet him.'"
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."Laura Hillenbrand on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Laura Hillenbrand on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Laura Hillenbrand on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Laura Hillenbrand on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Laura Hillenbrand on Henry David Thoreau
"Fatigue is what we experience, but it is what a match is to an atomic bomb."
"While it's really hard to do, at the same time, I'm escaping my body, which I really want to do. I'm living someone else's life. I get very intensely into the story, into the interviews and the research. I'm experiencing things along with my subjects. I have a freedom I don't have in my physical life."
"I am actually in poor health due to chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome, and my ability to work is greatly diminished right now, so I have to get better before I can start another big project."
"I'm looking for a way out of here. I can't have it physically, so I'm going to have it intellectually. It was a beautiful thing to ride Seabiscuit in my imagination. And it's just fantastic to be there alongside Louie as he's breaking the NCAA mile record. People at these vigorous moments in their lives - it's my way of living vicariously."
"It only worked for a little while the morning after I agreed to go with Universal, an article came out in the Hollywood trade papers, and the secret was out."