Sport Quotes

By | 16.04.2022

Sport quotes: The best motivation always comes from within. Michael Johnson

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

The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t win’ is you and you don’t have to listen. Jessica Ennis-Hill

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

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

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

I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all. Simone Biles

The man who has no imagination has no wings. Muhammad Ali

True disputants are like true sportsmen: their whole delight is in the pursuit. Alexander Pope

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

Today, you have 100% of your life left. Tom Landry


Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game. Donald Trump

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

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” —Knute Rockne

A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever. Mary Lou Retton

To succeed…You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. Tony Dorsett

I just knew if it could be done, it had to be done, and I did it. Gertrude Ederle

To begin, begin. Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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

Overpower. Overtake. Overcome. Serena Williams

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. Muhammad Ali

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

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

Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter. Dan Reeves

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

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


There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. Derek Jeter

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. Charles F. Kettering

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

Somebody gives you an opportunity, say yes to it. So what if you fail? you won’t know if you fail or succeed unless you try. Ann Meyers

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward. Vernon Law

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

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

If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win. Vince Lombardi

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

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


Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. William A. Ward

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don’t you? Ben Hogan

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 William

Always work hard, never give up, and fight until the end because it’s never really over until the whistle blows. Alex Morgan


If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. Fred Devito

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. Aesop

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

I believe in the impossible because no one else does. Florence Griffith Joyner

Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won. Billy Bowerman

Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety. Jack Nicklaus

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. Marv Levy

Many times, I had to dig deep and perform. All of that adversity helped me and drove me to want to be the best. Hayley Wickenheiser

The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11. Knute Rockne


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

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice. Bethany Hamilton

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

A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide. Mickey Mantle

There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between. Pat Riley

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back. Steve Garvey

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

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


You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball. Bobby Knight

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

No matter the circumstances that you may be going through, just push through it. Ray Lewis

The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. Bobby Knight

The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing. Jackie Joyner Kersee

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

You’ve got to be confident when you’re competing. You’ve got to be a beast. Gabby Douglas

I don’t plan on being disappointed. We plan on being really good, and obviously, we plan on winning. Gregg Troy

A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning. Chuck Noll

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

It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a sprint to get in shape. Kerri Walsh Jennings


A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. Billie Jean King

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. Ben Hogan

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

Passion first and everything will fall into place. Holly Holm

If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful! Charles Barkley

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

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. Jerry Rice

It’s a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square. Pete Rose

Good is not good when better is expected. Vin Scully

You might not be able to outthink, out market or outspend your competition, but you can outwork them. Lou Holtz


Don’t tell me how rocky the sea is, just bring the ship in. Lou Holtz

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

The past doesn’t matter. Take today. Becky Sauerbrunn

God gets you to the plate, but once you’re there you’re on your own. Ted Williams

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

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

In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened. Tommy Lasorda

Once you give them the power to tell you you’re great, you’ve also given them the power to tell you you’re unworthy. Once you start caring about people’s opinions of you, you give up control. Ronda Rousey

I’ve failed over & over & over again in my life & that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hittin. Yogi Berra

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

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


You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. Jerry West

I was told over and over again that I would never be successful, that I was not going to be competitive and the technique was simply not going to work. All I could do was shrug and say “We’ll just have to see. Dick Fosbury

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

The ability to conquer one’s self is no doubt the most precious of all things that sports bestows. Olga Korbut

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end. Larry Bird

What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive. Arnold Palmer

There is always going to be a reason why you can’t do something; your job is to constantly look for the reasons why you can achieve your dreams. Shannon Miller

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”  “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Babe Ruth

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. Phil Jackson

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

You can’t always be the best. You have to remember that everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Aly Raisman

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

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. Wayne Gretzky


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

You control your own wins and losses. Maria Sharapova

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

If we could have just screwed another head on his shoulders, he would have been the greatest golfer who ever lived. Ben Hogan

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

I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant

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

You must not only have competitiveness but ability, regardless of the circumstance you face, to never quit. Abby Wambach

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy. Wayne Gretzky

I never criticize a player until they are first convinced of my unconditional confidence in their abilities. John Robinson

Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t pretend that you do and, and some point, you will. Venus Williams

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. Vince Lombardi

Know yourself and you will win all battles. Lao Tzu

It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. John Wooden


Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

I’ve missed more than 9,000 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

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

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed. LeBron James

What keeps me going is not winning, but the quest for reaching potential in myself as a coach and my kids as divers. It’s the pursuit of excellence. Ron O’Brien

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. Peter T. McIntyre

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

You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits. Michael Phelps

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas Alva Edison

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

If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson


I think sports gave me the first place where this awkward girl could feel comfortable in my own skin. I think that’s true for a lot of women—sports gives you a part of your life where you can work at something and you look in the mirror and you like that person. Teri McKeever

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be – in baseball and in life. Pete Rose

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

You’re playing a game, whether it’s Little League or Game 7 of the World Series. It’s impossible to do well unless you’re having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there’s pressure. But I just look at it as fun. Derek Jeter

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

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

Winners never quit and quitters never win. Vince Lombardi

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

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

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

Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle. Wilma Rudolph

Nothing will work unless you 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

Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment. Heywood Hale Broun

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

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. Muhammad Ali

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

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

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsh


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

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning. Pat Riley

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. Alex Karras

Even while they teach, men learn. Seneca the Younger

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi

Tough times never last, but tough people do. Dr. Robert Schuller

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

It is action that creates motivation. Steve Backley

If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. Jack Lemmon

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

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story. Casey Stengel

I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles. Sam Snead

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

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. Vince Lombardi

When I step onto the court, I don’t have to think about anything. If I have a problem off the court, I find that after I play, my mind is clearer and I can come up with a better solution. It’s like therapy. It relaxes me and allows me to solve problems. Michael Jordan

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


In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow. Carol Dweck

The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight. Arthur Ashe

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. Andrew Carnegie

Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. Michael Jordan

My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win… channel your energy. Focus. Carl Lewis

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

In the end, the game comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win. Sam Huff

Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body. Lynn Jennings

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

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

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

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