A collection of inspirational sports quotes,motivational sports quotes

A collection of inspirational sports quotes,motivational sports quotes

inspirational sports quotes
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“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”– Jack Dempsey


“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are” – Ara Paraeghian


“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. -Muhammad Ali


“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”– Mary Lou Retton


“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. ”~ John Wooden


“Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.”– William A. Ward


“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”– Jackie Joyner-Kersee


“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.” ~Yogi Berra


“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”– Arnold Palmer


“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”– Emil Zatopek


“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” – Magic Johnson


“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”– Ted Williams


“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ”~ John Wooden


“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.” – James Naismith


“Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”~ Muhammad Ali


“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”– Billie Jean King


“Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.” – Frank Robinson


“Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired.” ~ Lou Holtz


“Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.” – Bobby Jones


“Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.” ~ Ray Knight


“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”– Liane Cardes


“Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.”– John Wooden


“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”– Mike Singletary


“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.” ― LeBron James, Shooting Stars


“Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -John Wooden


“During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.”– Mickey Mantle


“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”– Pat Riley


“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” -Jack LaLanne


“For me, winning isn't something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.”~ Emmitt Smith


“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”– Dan Gable


“Golf is a good walk spoiled” – Mark Twain


“Good is not good when better is expected.”– Vin Scully


“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” -Tim Duncan


“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”– Lou Holtz


“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.”– Bruce Jenner


“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.”– Sandy Koufax


“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. -Michael Jordan


“I can tell you one thing. I’ve done this my way. I don’t have anybody to blame for this win but me, and I love it.” ~ John Daly, American Golfer


“I didn’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game.”– Tom Landry


“I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious. ”~ Vince Lombardi


“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”– Muhammad Ali


“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win; if you don’t, you won’t.” ~ Bruce Jenner


“I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.”– Peyton Manning


“I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field. ”~ Walter Payton


“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.”~ Arnold Palmer


“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.”– Tom Landry


“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”– Michael Jordan


“If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.”– M.H. Alderson


“If I walked on water, my accusers would say it is because I can't swim.” – Berti Vogts


“If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath


“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”– Ronnie Lott


“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”– Ben Hogan


“If you can't accept losing, you can't win. -Vince Lombardi


“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”– Carl Lewis


“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” -John Wooden


“If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting. ”~ Dick Vermeil


“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.”– Mark Spitz


“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”– Mario Andretti


“If you only play a defensive game, it is impossible to win.”~ Unknown


“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”– Herschel Walker


“It ain’t over till it’s over.”– Yogi Berra


“It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.”– Evander Holyfield


“It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What's tough is being good every day. -Willie Mays


“It never gets easier; you just go faster. ~ Greg LeMond.


“It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.” – Mark Twain


“It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.” ~ John Wooden


“It’s not the disability that defines you, it’s how you deal with the challenges the disability presents you with. ”~ John Wooden


“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”– Paul “Bear” Bryant


“It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up” – Vince Lombardi


“I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry


“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”~ Michael Jordan


“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”– Ted Williams


“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.”– Eddie Robinson


“Life’s not about how hard you can hit, but how much you can get hit and still keep moving forward” Rocky Balboa


“Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won. ”~ Author Unknown


“Losers visualize the penalties of failure, but winners visualize the rewards of success.” ~ Rod Gilbert


“Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.” Joe Paterno


“Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey


“Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.” ~ Babe Didrikson Zaharias


“Make each day your masterpiece.”– John Wooden


“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.”– Laird Hamilton


“Mario Balotelli is like Marmite, you either love him or hate him. Me? I’m in between.” Joe Royle


“Maybe the day will come when I can sit back and be content….But until that day comes, I intend to stay in the batter's box — I don't let the big guys push me out of there anymore — and keep hammering away.” – Hank Aaron


“Most ball games are lost, not won. -Casey Stengel


“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.”– Ross Perot


“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.”– William James


“Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.”– Brett Favre


“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” – LouHoltz


“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”– Hank Aaron


“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.”– Jim Valvano


“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.”– Doug Williams


“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”– Babe Ruth


“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.”– Satchel Paige


“No one ever won a game by resigning. ”- Ksawery Tartakower


“No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room. ”~ Muhammad Ali, American Boxer


“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”~ George Halas


“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.” ~ Paul Coffey


“Nothing succeeds like success. -Proverb


“Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.”– Pat Tyson


“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”– Michael Jordan


“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. ”– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it”- Knute Rockne


“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”– Frank L. Gaines


“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”– Lance Armstrong


“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”– Rogers Hornsby


“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”– Matt Biondi


“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.”– Larry Bird


“Rome wasn't built in a day but I wasn't on that particular job.” – Brian Clough


“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”– Bo Jackson


“Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.” – Knute Rockne


“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.”– Lou Brock


“Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winners circle.” – Pat Riley


“Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” – George Herbert


“Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” ~ Venus Williams


“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.” ~ Bill Shankly


“Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe.” -Jack Nicklaus


“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.”– Mia Hamm


“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.”– George F. Will


“Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can't tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.” – Jim Courier


“Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.”– Cal Ripken Jr.


“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.- John Wooden


“The beauty of a move lies not in its’ appearance but in the thought behind it.” – Aron Nimzowitsch


“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”– Tommy Lasorda


“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.”– Ken Doherty


“The greatest efforts in sports came when the mind is as still as a glass lake. ”~ Timothy Gallwey


“The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.”– Eddie Reese


“The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.”– Wayne Gretzky


“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali


“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”– Arnold Schwarzenegger


“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”– Pele


“The more I practice, the luckier I get. ”~ Jerry Barber


“The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move. ”~ John Wooden


“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.”– Ernie Banks


“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ”~ Vince Lombardi


“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.”– Steve Young


“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory.” ~ Vince Lombardi


“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden


“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” ~ Vince Lombardi


“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up & down the field and never score. –Bill Copeland


“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”~ Joe Paterno


“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Dennis Waitley


“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.” – Merlin Olsen


“The winning team has a dedication. It will have a core of veteran players who set the standards. They will not accept defeat.” – Harold Wilkins


“The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist. ”- Andre Gide


“There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your truth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself. "It all depends on me."” – Colin Powell


“There are no gains without pains.” – Adlai Stevenson


“There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between. ”~ Pat Riley


“There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works. -Charley Lau


“There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter


“They will rise highest who strive for the highest place. -Latin Proverb


“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”– Picabo Street


“To win without risk is to triumph without glory. -Corneille


“We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. ”~ Vince Lombardi


“We had a good team on paper. Unfortunately, the game was played on grass.” – Brian Clough


“What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”– Dean Smith


“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.”– Andre Agassi


“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.”– Don Zimmer


“When I go our on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget it is a competition.” ~ Katarina Witt


“When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.”– Joe Frazier


“When you see a good move,look for a better one.” – Emanuel Lasker


“When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.”– Paul Brown


“When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.”– Bill Shoemaker


“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”– Terry Bradshaw


“Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts, probably lost.” – Martina Navratilova


“Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!”– Cameron Trammell


“Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much”. -John Smith


“Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most. ”~ Babe Didrikson Zaharias


“Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.” – Vince Lombardi


“Winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else. ”~ Vince Lombardi


“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.”– Phil Jackson


“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” -Lou Holtz


“You are never a loser until you quit trying. -Mike Ditka


“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”– Arthur Ashe


“You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place.” – James Lane Allen


“You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.” – Paul Brown


“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation” – Homer Rice


“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”– Michael Phelps


“You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose.”~ Gordie Howe


“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does- that makes you a winner right there.” -Venus Williams


“You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.”– Larry Brown


“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”– Michael Jordan


“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”– Wayne Gretzky


“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” ― Michael Jordan


“You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone.”- Percy Cerutty


“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” – Herb Brooks


“You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.”– J. Askenberg


“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”– Mike Ditka


“You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.”– Chris Evert


“Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.”– Bobby Knight


“You're never a loser until you quit.” – Mike Ditka


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