- Mr Bostock, though touching on fifty, retained a youthful athleticism; he looked and talked younger than his years, and he loved the society of young people. - "The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories", Arnold Bennett.
- Able to ride almost as soon as he can walk, he is fond of all athletic sports; but it is not till leaving school that his athleticism becomes fully pronounced: thus reversing the order observed in England, where the great majority of the boys, who are cricket and football mad at school, more or less drop those pursuits as young men. - "Town Life in Australia 1883", R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny.
- Athleticism in England is an asceticism, as much as the monastic rules. - "Varied Types", G. K. Chesterton.