Sports Quotes

Let these sports quotes give you motivation to be the best at what you do. Be inspired by the champions, the winners and the everyday people who were determined to be the best they could be. Words of wisdom from players, coaches, and people who have experienced the joy of sports.

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. Satchel Paige
Funny   |  

The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before."
Steve Young, Football Quarterback
Inspirational Quotes  |  

I'd like to think with you about what I believe to be the ingredients of a winning philosophy, about some great champions I've known in the world of sports who have personified what I think it takes to win. There are certain basic qualities and characteristics you've got to have. Number one: you've got to have a will to win.
Bob Richards, The Heart of a Champion: Inspiring True Stories of Challenge and Triumph
Encouraging  |  

An athlete is a normal person with the gift of an undying passion to be the best and achieve greatness.
Amanda Ring
Passion   |  

Success demands singleness of purpose. Vince Lombardi
Success demands singleness of purpose.
Vince Lombardi, Football Player and Coach
Famous Quotes   |  

The sporting world tends to cling to the nostalgic belief that everything was simpler and cleaner in the old days.
David Maraniss, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi
Believe   |  

An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
Emil Zatopek, Long-distance Runner
Hope   |  

Football has never been my life or even a game against an opponent, for me football has been a game against myself, a profession that has taught me more about myself than any book ever could.
Richard Lee, Graduation: Life Lessons of a Professional Footballer
Quote of the Day  |     Graduation

If you examine sports teams closely, you will find that a team doesn't necessarily have to have the best players to win championships to succeed.
Michael Welton, Be Your Best: A guide to Personal Development by the 15 Laws of Success
Teamwork   |     Personal Development

Without coaching, all the positive mental attitude in the world cannot help you. A coach in hindsight can be an athlete's foresight.
David DeNotaris
Positive Attitude   |  

It was in sports that he (Dwight Eisenhower) first discovered his talents as a leader and an organizer. As a boy, he provided the energy and leadership that led to a Saturday-afternoon game of football or baseball.
Stephen E. Ambrose, Eisenhower: Soldier and President
Dwight Eisenhower Quotes   |     Saturday Quotes

Thinking clearly and acting effectively under pressure is something every pro player must learn to do.
Mike Kane, Sports Psychology: The Ultimate Guide For Mastering The Mental Aspects Of Sports Performance
Stress   |     Learning

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all? Joe Namath
If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
Joe Namath
Determination   |  

Participating in modern activities such as climbing, surfing, skiing, sailing, and kayaking allows us to rediscover an ancient and intimate dance with untamed, elemental forces. More than just sport, such activities offer a way of being in the world, a practical down-to-earth philosophy, founded on voluntary simplicity and the appropriate use of technology.
Chris Noble, Why We Climb: The World's Most Inspiring Climbers
Simplicity   |  

I found out that if you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt.
Scotty Bowman
Change   |  

Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.
Scott Hamilton
Accomplishment   |  

Self-confidence is the first step toward success. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
Tommy Lasorda, Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Confidence   |  

Life is like a baseball game. When you think a fastball is coming, you gotta be ready to hit the curve.
Jaja Q
Quotes about Life   |  

Baseball is a sport of failure. It's a profession where the most successful batters fail seventy percent of the time and the most successful teams have to endure sixty losses or more each season. To succeed in baseball, you must learn not how to avoid failure, but how to quickly bounce back from it - with optimism and perseverance.
Darrin Donnelly, Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything
Failure   |     Successful

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
Taking A Risk   |  

You are never a loser until you quit trying. Mike Ditka
You are never a loser until you quit trying.
Mike Ditka
Never Quit Quotes   |  

The Invictus Games are an international multisport event for WIS (wounded, injured and sick) Armed Services personnel and veterans. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and increase awareness of the sacrifices made by those who serve.
Boris Starling, Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit
Recovery  |     Encouraging Poems

Sports, after all, is about personalities, people from all walks of life who simply have the distinction of being involved.
Hartley Miller, You Don't Say!
Top Ten Quotes   |  

Often mothers and fathers hesitate to be too involved, not wanting to be seen as clamoring or insistent - as stereotypical sports parents. It is a difficult thing to balance: coaches may know a sport, but they are rarely the best judges of what is best for a child.
Michael Sokolove, Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports
Balance   |  

Discipline is what makes the difference between a successful training regimen and a training regimen that's not worth anything at all.
Rachel Rebecca Wisdom, Mind Gym: The Ultimate Guide For Beginners
Wise   |  

The best way to think about what it is like to be coach is to think of a sports team. A coach is behind the bench but is always with the team. The coach does not play in the game, but the coach helps the players identify areas to improve their game and guides their development by demonstrating or explaining the requirements.
Byron and Catherine Pulsifer, Leadership vs Management
Coaching   |  

Of course, in sports and in many aspects of our civilian life we can't do everything ourselves so sports teach us the value and the interworking relationship of teamwork.
Darrin Wiggins, Champion Mind Unbeatable Athlete: Think Elite, Train Elite, Be Elite
Teams Beyond Yesterday's Needs   |  

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, Professional Boxer
Attitude   |  

If you can't outplay them, outwork them. Ben Hogan
If you can't outplay them, outwork them.
Ben Hogan, Professional Golfer
Work   |  

Success through peak performance does not happen by wishing or hoping! The great news is that your mental skills - and consequently your mental toughness--will improve with proper training and hands-on experience.
J. Barnes, Mental Toughness: For Peak Performance, Leadership Development, and Success: How to Maximize Focus, Motivation, Confidence, Self-Discipline, Willpower, and Mind Power in Sports, Business, and Health
Wish   |  

A champion is someone who does not settle for that day's practice, that day's competition, that day's performance. They are always striving to be better. They don't live in the past.
Briana Scurry, Soccer Goalkeeper
Future   |   Good Day Quotes

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
Matt Biondi, Competition Swimmer
Persistence   |  

Sports are the reason I am out of shape. I watch them all on TV.
Thomas Sowell
Funny Quotes about Life   |  

When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important.
Bill Shoemaker, Jockey
Purpose   |  

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.
T. Alan Armstrong
Character   |  

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
Dream   |     Vision

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

So many players enter the game with the same approximate skills. The difference is not aptitude but attitude.
Dave Winfield, 12-time MLB All-Star, World Series Champion
Top Ten Quotes about Attitude   |  

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be - in baseball and in life.
Pete Rose
Believe In Yourself   |  

You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place.
James Lane Allen
Choices   |  

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
Challenge   |  

I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it. . . I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it's an illusion to me.
Michael Jordon
Fear   |  

Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common.
Satchel Paige
Why Are Some People   |  

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. Joe Paterno
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Joe Paterno
Preparation   |  

It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
Willie Mays
Good   |  

It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
Muhammad Ali
Faith   |  

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

Having a morning ritual is key to a successful day. Something that you do without thinking. For me it is meditation. I wake up, drink water that i have sitting next to me in my sports bottle and hydrate a little. I then set my alarm for 20 minutes and meditate.
Roy Williams, Self Help
Success   |  

Clarify your direction as soon as possible - it is the most important decision in sports, and everyone knows it, which is curious, because in life, it is the most important decision as well, but not many people take it into account.
Helena Angel, How To Be Happy
Decision   |  

Things have a way of working themselves out if we just remain positive. Lou Holtz
Things have a way of working themselves out if we just remain positive.
Lou Holtz, College Football National Champion Coach
Positive Quotes   |  

sports In sports, players need to be reminded of their competition to become motivated to practice. The same can be applied in business.
Gavin McGinnis, Coaching: 10 Coaching Skills to Help Your Team Focus, Take Action, Stay Motivated and Accomplish Goals!
Focus   |  

The significance of motivation is prevalent in every area of our lives. From sports to manufacturing, we see every sector thriving because of motivation.
Subhashree Rout, Live Your Balanced Life Now
Motivational   |  

Find a sport, a musical instrument, or martial arts activity that really excites your child. This is great for stress release, growth, and for connecting with your child.
Mira Halpert, Mark Halpert, The 3D Learner: Transform Stress to Outrageous Success for Your Child
Children   |     Growth

On sports teams, and in companies, we work with our peers for greater victories than we could achieve alone.
Helena Angel, How To Be Happy: Goal Setting or When Dreams Come True
Achievement   |   Goal Setting

Goals prepare Olympic athletes physically and mentally. Did you know that goals are used by sports psychologists in order to help athletes improve their performance?
Paul Bailey, Your Little Steps to Self Confidence for Life
Goal   |  

There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it.
Mark Twain
Poems about Life   |  

Your flaws are perfect for the heart that's meant to love you.
Trent Shelton, Football Player
Valentines Day   |  

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