Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.
CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sex, Art, and American Culture
The good bodybuilders have the same mind ... that a sculptor has. If you analyze it, you look in the mirror and you say, okay, I need a bit more deltoids ... so that the proportion's right, and ... you exercise and put those deltoids on, whereas an artist would just slap on some clay on each side.
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Pumping Iron
I've made many good friends in bodybuilding, though there are few I'd trust to oil my back.
LEE LABRADA, FLEX magazine, Nov. 1988
What I'm against is a sport that rewards mass for the sake of mass to the exclusion of all other physical properties of the physique. In other words, there comes a point where, if you keep adding muscle mass, the human body loses its beauty, shape and form. That's what I'm against.
LEE LABRADA, interview, BodyBuilding.com, Aug. 11, 2014