41+ Best Athlete Quotes To Make You Greatest

An athlete (also sportswoman or sportsman) is a person who competes in one or more sports that involve physical strength, speed or endurance. Inspirational athlete quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Athlete Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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

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

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

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

encouraging athlete quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there. Mia Hamm

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

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

If you persevere long enough, if you do the right things long enough, the right things will happen. Manon Rheaume

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

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

It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s all a matter of discipline. Wilma Rudolph

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