"You would fain be victor at the Olympic Games, you say. Yes,
but weigh the conditions, weigh the consequences; then and then
only, lay to your hand-if it be for your profit. You must live by
rule, submit to diet, abstain from dainty meats, exercise your body
perforce at stated hours, in heat or in cold; drink no cold water,
nor, it may be, wine. In a word, you must surrender yourself wholly
to your trainer, as though to a physician."
- Epictetus, (. 50-. 138)