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The 150 Most Famous Sports Quotes Of All Time

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Top 10 Sports Quotes

Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.

Usain Bolt
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Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.

Babe Ruth
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Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.

Vince Lombardi
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The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.

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I’ve had to learn to fight all my life got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.

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

Michael Phelps
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Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

John Wooden
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The man who has no imagination has no wings.

Muhammad Ali
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The best motivation always comes from within.

Michael Johnson
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Champions keep playing until they get it right.

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

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

Matt Biondi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Wooden

Winning solves everything. Tiger Woods

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

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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

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

Ernie Banks

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

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

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

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

I wouldn’t let the boys down, no way. If my arm came off I’d still play. Jack Bird

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

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Passion first and everything will fall into place. Holly Holm

Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself % to your training, diet and mental approach.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

It ain’t over till it’s over. Yogi Berra

Show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure. Knute Rockne

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

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

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

It never gets easier. You just get better. Jordan Hoechlin

Soccer forces life to move on. There’s always a new match. A new season. There’s always a dream that everything can get better. It’s a game of wonders. Fredrik Backman

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.

Bobby Unser

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

What do you 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

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.

Arnold Palmer

At one point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t. Andy Roddick

Nothing else will show your true character than how you lose. Ken Gleed

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

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

Muhammad Ali

Inspiring Sports Quotes

You’ll score a lot of goals in your career but not one of them will happen without the help of a teammate. Abby Wambach

In sports, players need to be reminded of their competition to become motivated to practice. The same can be applied in business.

Gavin McGinnis

I don’t have to wait for nobody, I move when I wanna move. Floyd Mayweather

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

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

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

Emil Zatopek

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

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

Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything that comes in second. Paul Bryant

Losing teaches you how to win, winning teaches you how not to lose.

Matshona Dhliwayo

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

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

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

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than preaching it.

Knute Rockne

At a young age winning is not the most important thing… the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence. Arsene Wenger

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

Never underestimate the heart of a champion! Doc Rivers

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

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

Winners never quit and quitters never win. Sports do not build character. They reveal it. Heywood Broun

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Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man. Pele

Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.

Rocky Balboa

So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach. Michael Phelps

Losing feels worse than winning feels good. Vin Scully

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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

Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.

Billie Jean King

It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. Jillian Michaels

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

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

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

William A. Ward

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

Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. Jim Valvano

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

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

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

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

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

Motivational Sports Quotes

To me the beauty of teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless. Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Today, you have 100% of your life left.

Tom Landry

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. Phil Jackson

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there. Yogi Berra

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

Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.

Vince Lombardo

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

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

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. Mia Hamm

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?

Joe Namath

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

It’s not the will to win that matterseveryone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. Paul Bryant

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Tim Notke

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

Evander Holyfield

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. Muhammad Ali

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

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

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.

Satchel Paige

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

I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better. Yogi Berra

I am no genius; I just worked hard like my other teammates, and I believe all my teammates can win the title as they work hard, too. Lin Dan

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

Lou Brock

Some may have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone working harder than you do. John Tavares

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

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Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure. Tommy Lasorda

I would have thought that the knowledge that you are going to be leapt upon by half-a-dozen congratulatory, but sweaty team-mates would be inducement not to score a goal.

Arthur Marshall

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

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

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

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

Life is gonna throw you curve balls and it’s how you deal with them and your attitude and your work ethic. Kerri Strug

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

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

Famous Sports Quotes

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

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

Bobby Knight

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

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. Lance Armstrong

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

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

Wayne Gretzky

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

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. Arthur Ashe

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I’ve never lost a game. I just ran out of time. Michael Jordan

Winning is a habit leadership is calmly maintaining that habit against all odds.

Amit Ray

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

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

I mean, it’s not important what kind of pants you were; it’s how you wear them. Ronnie Lott

Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.

Vince Lombardi

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

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

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Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush. Be quick, but don’t hurry. Earl Monroe

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

Jack Lemmon

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

Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next. George Steinbrenner

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

Everybody’s got plans… until they get hit.

Mike Tyson

Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much. Steve Nash

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

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

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

Gregg Troy

You can’t win unless you learn how to lose. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You miss percent of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky

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

If you don’t fall, how are you going to know what getting up feels like?

Stephen Curry

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

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

To Sum Up

Hopefully you have enjoyed this big list of sports quotes.

There are lots to motivate and inspire you every day.

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