"And this isn't vanity or ambition. Men seem to be born with a debt they can never pay no matter how hard they try. It piles the debt it poisons him, and if he tries to make payments the debt only increase, and the quality of his gift is the measure of the man. Doc's greatest talent had been his sense of paying as he went. The finish line had meant nothing to him except that he wanted to crowd more living into the stretch."