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The 70 Best Sports Quotes

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

Sports Quotes

No matter what sports you are interested in, or which ones you play. All sports require the same ingredients: hard work and perseverance. Without efforts, we wouldn't be able to achieve anything. To follow our dreams and our goals we must make sacrifices and, above all, never to give up. Pursue your dreams and achieve them with the motivation that these sports quotes will provide you.

1
“I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan
2
"Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement."
Matt Biondi
3
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
Tommy Lasorda
4
“The only way to prove you are a good sport is to lose.”
Ernie Banks
5
“Show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.”
Knute Rockne
6
"Sports build good habits, confidence, and discipline. They make players into community leaders and teach them how to strive for a goal, handle mistakes, and cherish growth oppotunities."
Julie Foudy
7
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."
Vince Lombardi
8
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Tim Notke
9
“I don’t count my situps. I only start counting once it starts hurting.”
Muhammad Ali
10
“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
11
"Champions keep playing until they get it right."
Billie Jean King
12
“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
13
“Losing feels worse than winning feels good.”
Vin Scully
14
"It doesn't matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline."
Harvey Mackay
15
“When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.”
Bill Shoemaker
16
“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”
Mary Lou Retton
17
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
Babe Ruth
18
“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”
John Madden
19
“Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.”
Cal Ripken, Jr.
20
The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
Pele
21
“You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going.”
Morgan Wootten
22
"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A grat hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."
Wayne Gretzky
23
“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
24
“The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.”
Les Brown
25
“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
26
"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
27
“The biggest thrill wasn’t in winning on Sunday but in meeting the payroll on Monday.”
Art Rooney
28
“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
29
“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”
Vince Lombardi
30
"Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you."
Eddie Robinson
31
“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
32
"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”
Emil Zatopek
33
“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
34
“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.”
Satchel Paige
35
“Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.”
Phil Jackson
36
“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”
Lou Holtz
37
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
Dean Karnazes
38
“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.”
Andre Agassi
39
"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you."
Arnold Palmer
40
“Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much.”
Steve Nash
41
“I never did say that you can’t be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I’d trip her up.”
Leo Durocher
42
“The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything.”
Mia Hamm
43
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
Bo Jackson
44
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
Mike Singletary
45
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
George Halas
46
“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.”
Jim Valvano
47
"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
48
"If you have everything under control, you're not moving fast enough."
Mario Andretti
49
“It was never about winning medals or being famous.”
Nancy Kerrigan
50
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”
Kobe Bryant
51
“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
52
“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
53
“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Liane Cardes
54
“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.”
Don Zimmer
55
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
George Halas
56
“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”
Joe Namath
57
"Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds."
Larry Bird
58
"It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters."
Evander Holyfield
59
"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
60
"After one Olympics, if we invest in sports and say we will get a gold medal in the next Olympic, it doesn't work like that in sports. How it works is that you provide the infrastructure, provide education about nutrition and health."
MS Dhoni
61
“I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.”
Peyton Manning
62
“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
63
“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”
Herschel Walker
64
“Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature."
Bobby Knight
65
“Make each day your masterpiece.”
John Wooden
66
“What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”
Dean Smith
67
"You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
Michael Phelps
68
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
Joe Paterno
69
“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
70
“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”
Dan Gable
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