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STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND: Words of Inspiration

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“Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” This quote, widely credited to ­Niccolò Machiavelli, was emblazoned over the entryway of a gym that was for many years my home away from home. From the floor of the skylit room, which was filled with racks, barbells, dumbbells, sleds, rings, and other strength-building tools, you could look up at any moment and be reminded of this ethos. Across the room, another quote: “Nothing happens until something moves,” from Albert Einstein. Paired together, the quotes created a diptych of sorts, a piece of art in an unassuming space,...

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