The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
life rat-race Humor
Courage is grace under pressure.
Grace Pressure Under
If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.
cats dogs grace reticence Words
There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.
The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.
They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars—on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.