“….Vigil had become convinced that the next lead forward in human endurance would come from a dimension he dreaded getting into: character. Not the ‘character’ other coachers were always rah-rah-rah-ing about; Vigil wasn’t talking about ‘grit’ or ‘hunger’ or ‘the size of the fight in the dog’. In fact, he meant the exact opposite. Vigil’s notion of character wasn’t toughness. It was compassion. Kindness. Love.”
- Christopher McDougall pp. 91-92.