What Is Your Favorite Quote from the Movie – “Chariots of Fire?”

Do you remember the movie, “Chariots of Fire?”

In 1981 “Chariots of Fire” won the Academy Award for Best Picture.   It also took top honors for Best Screenplay, Best Original Score  and Best Costume Design.

If you have never seen it, here is brief synopsis of the story:

“On a Sunday in Paris, France at the 1924 Olympics Eric Liddell disqualified himself from the 100 meters because of his conviction not to run on the Sabbath.  This put Britain’s hope of a medal in jeopardy as well.  The British were very disappointed in him because he was the favorite to win the 100 meters race and he wasn’t going to run.  Instead Eric was going to run in the 400 meters race.  This was a race he wasn’t prepared or trained for. He was criticized and mocked by people in the streets, shops and diners.  Nevertheless, despite fears, Eric ran to victory, five meters ahead of the silver medalist.  Eric Liddell had won the Gold Medal and a world record, but most important of all, Eric had kept his commitments to his convictions of faith and belief in God.  After the Olympics and graduation he returned to North China where he served as a missionary from 1925 to 1943.  He was a man who ran, spoke and lived with great faithfulness and solid commitment to Christ.”   Ben J. Ditzel

If you have never seen “Chariots of Fire” – Rent it – you are in for a treat!

If you have seen “Chariots of Fire,” I have a question for you:

What is your “Favorite Quote” from the movie?

(If this were a powerpoint presentation I would not move on until you had a chance to respond)

Might it be:

I feel his pleasure

“I believe that God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast and when I run I feel his  pleasure.”  Eric Liddell

All that you have read so far is simply “set-up” for asking you one of my most favorite questions:

“What are you doing when you feel God’s pleasure?”

God made you for a purpose.  He hardwired you with strengths and talents.  When you are in your “Sweet Spot” it is almost effortless. Your results are 3-10 times greater than anything you have to do through sheer discipline and intentionality.  20% of what you do produces 80% of your results.  For you what is that 20% that produces 80%?

Would you please be so kind as to share your answer to “What are you doing when you feel God’s pleasure?” below?  Reading your response will make my day! Thank you in advance!

In your next meetings – one on one or with your whole team take time to ask:  “What are you doing when you feel God’s pleasure?”

Athletes in Action – a Division of Cru – the mission organization that I serve with –  initiated the “Eric Liddell Award”  at the 2012 London Olympics.  Olympians Debbie Flood (Great Britain) and Bryan Clay (United States) were the winners of the 2012 Eric Liddell Award, which honored one male and female athlete for outstanding character at home, in the community and on and off the field of competition.


Eric Henry Liddell  16 January 1902 – 21 February 1945 – was a Scottish athlete, rugby union international player, and missionary to China.  He was depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film “Chariots of Fire”, in which he is portrayed by fellow Scot, Ian Charleson.

To see a few second of the original video of Eric Liddell running his gold medal-winning race click here.  Or to see a tribute video to him click here.






Bob Tiede


Bob has been on the staff of Cru for 49 years. He currently serves on the U.S. Leadership Development Team and is passionate about seeing leaders grow and multiply their effectiveness. Bob and his wife, Sherry, live in Plano, TX and are blessed with 4 incredible children and 7 remarkable grandchildren.


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2 thoughts on “What Is Your Favorite Quote from the Movie – “Chariots of Fire?”

  1. Michael says:

    Love this post, Bob. As an avid runner it is indeed the quote you reference that is my favorite. Still, there are other great quotes in that movie, especially about the grace of God and serving Him according to His design. When I am not running I come alive when I have the opportunity to help someone, or some team, achieve their goals. I love to see people and teams succeed!

    1. Bob Tiede says:

      Thanks Michael!

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