78+ Best Babe Ruth Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player. Largely because of his home-run hitting between 1919 and 1935, he became, and perhaps remains to this day, America’s most celebrated athlete. Profoundly inspirational Babe Ruth quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Babe Ruth Quotes

Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world. – Babe Ruth

The only real game, I think, in the world is baseball. – Babe Ruth

I hear the cheers when they roared and the jeers when they echoed. – Babe Ruth

I said I’m going to hit the next one right over the flagpole. God must have been with me. – Babe Ruth

I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases. – Babe Ruth

Baseball changes through the years. It gets milder. – Babe Ruth

I won’t be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat. – Babe Ruth

All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill. – Babe Ruth

If I’d tried for them dinky singles, I could’ve batted around six hundred. – Babe Ruth

How to hit home runs: I swing as hard as I can, and I try to swing right through the ball… The harder you grip the bat, the more you can swing it through the ball, and the farther the ball will go. I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can. – Babe Ruth

As soon as I got out there, I felt a strange relationship with the pitcher’s mound. It was as if I’d been born out there. Pitching just felt like the most natural thing in the world. Striking out batters was easy. – Babe Ruth

Baseball is the greatest game in the world and deserves the best you can give it. – Babe Ruth

Watch my dust. – Babe Ruth

I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout. – Babe Ruth

All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it. I get back to the dugout and they ask me what it was I hit and I tell them I don’t know except it looked good. – Babe Ruth

You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth – that means the boys. And after you’ve been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime. – Babe Ruth

I know, but I had a better year than Hoover. – Babe Ruth

I’d give a year of my life if I could hit a homerun on opening day of this great new park. – Babe Ruth

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

To my sick little pal. I will try to knock you another homer, maybe two today. – Babe Ruth

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games. – Babe Ruth

Don’t ever forget two things I’m going to tell you. One, don’t believe everything that’s written about you. Two, don’t pick up too many checks. – Babe Ruth

I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco. – Babe Ruth

Who is richer? The man who is seen, but cannot see? Or the man who is not being seen, but can see? – Babe Ruth

Let me show you how it’s done. Loser! – Babe Ruth

Cobb is a prick. But he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit. – Babe Ruth

Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So, I gave up reading. – Babe Ruth

If it wasn’t for baseball, I’d be in either the penitentiary or the cemetery. – Babe Ruth

I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands. – Babe Ruth

I’ll promise to go easier on drinking and to get to bed earlier, but not for you, fifty thousand dollars, or two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars will I give up women. They’re too much fun. – Babe Ruth

Gee, its lonesome in the outfield. It’s hard to keep awake with nothing to do. – Babe Ruth

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game – Babe Ruth

How about a little noise. How do you expect a man to putt? – Babe Ruth

You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up – Babe Ruth

Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game – Babe Ruth

Heroes are remembered but legends never die. – Babe Ruth

Paris ain’t much of a town. – Babe Ruth

You should always go to other people funerals, or they won’t go to yours. – Babe Ruth

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. – Babe Ruth

If I’d just tried for them dinky singles, I could’ve batted around 600. – Babe Ruth

I’m going over the valley. (Dying from throat cancer, his doctor found him wandering around his room, asked him where was he going?) – Babe Ruth

It’s hard to beat somebody when they don’t give up. – Babe Ruth

That last one sounded kinda high to me. – Babe Ruth

The termites have got me. – Babe Ruth

What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did. – Babe Ruth

The most important thing that a young athlete must do it pick the right sport. Not one that they like just a little bit, but one that they love. Because, if they don’t really love their sport, they won’t work as hard as they should. Me? I loved to hit. – Babe Ruth

After all, there’s only one answer to be made to the young fellow who is asking constantly for advice as to how to hit. The answer is: “Pick out a good one and sock it!” – Babe Ruth

What the hell difference does it make? – Babe Ruth

They started something here, and the kids are keeping the ball rolling. – Babe Ruth

A man ought to get all he can earn. A man who knows he’s making money for other people ought to get some of the profit he brings in. Don’t make any difference if it’s baseball or a bank or a vaudeville show. It’s business, I tell you. There ain’t no sentiment to it. Forget that stuff. – Babe Ruth

I hit an inside-the-park home run! I beat it out! Can you believe that? – Babe Ruth

Hotter ‘n hell, ain’t it, Prez? – Babe Ruth

I’d play for half my salary if I could hit in this dump (Wrigley Field) all the time. – Babe Ruth

Well, the good Lord and good luck must have been with me because I did exactly what I said I was going to do. – Babe Ruth

Read about your case of amnesia. Must be a new brand. – Babe Ruth

I copied (Shoeless Joe) Jackson’s style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He’s the guy who made me a hitter. – Babe Ruth

Wealth is always attracted, never pursued. – Babe Ruth

The curve and the fast one are important; the change of pace and the other trick deliveries are great but they’re not worth a plugged nickel unless you have control to go along with them. And by control I don’t mean the ability to put the ball over the plate somewhere between the shoulders and knees. I mean the ability to hit a three-inch target nine times out of ten, the sort of control that lets you put the ball in the exact spot you want it, and to play a corner to the split fraction of an inch. – Babe Ruth

I thank heaven we have had baseball in this world… the kids… our national pastime. – Babe Ruth

Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases. – Babe Ruth

What I am, what I have, what I am going to leave behind me – all this I owe to the game of baseball. – Babe Ruth

I don’t need to know where the green is. Where is the golf course? – Babe Ruth

I don’t give a damn about any actors. What good will John Barrymore do you with the bases loaded and two down in a tight ball game. Either I get the money (more than Barrymore), or I don’t play! – Babe Ruth

If you want to hit home runs, you’ve go to swing a lot. – Babe Ruth

Love the game of baseball and baseball will love you. – Babe Ruth

I’m only going one way. – Babe Ruth

Don’t be afraid to take advice. There’s always something new to learn. – Babe Ruth

Aw, everybody knows that game, the day I hit the homer off ole Charlie Root there in Wrigley Field, the day October first, the third game of that thirty-two World Series. But right now, I want to settle all arguments. I didn’t exactly point to any spot, like the flagpole. Anyway, I didn’t mean to, I just sorta waved at the whole fence, but that was foolish enough. All I wanted to do was give that thing a ride… outta the park… anywhere. – Babe Ruth

What do I think about when I strike out? I think about hitting home runs. – Babe Ruth

I’ve heard people say that the trouble with the world is that we haven’t enough great leaders. I think we haven’t enough great followers. I have stood side by side with great thinkers – surgeons, engineers, economists; people who deserve a great following – and have heard the crowd cheer me instead. – Babe Ruth

I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can. – Babe Ruth

A part of control is learning to correct your own weaknesses. The person doesn’t live who was born with everything. Sometimes he has one weak point, generally he has several. The first thing is to know your faults. And then take on a systematic plan of correcting them. You know the old saying about a chain only being as strong as its weakest link. The same can be said in the chain of skills a man forges. – Babe Ruth

Life is a game like any other; we just don’t take it as seriously. – Babe Ruth

I can’t have 3, so I just put a 1 in front of it. Also, I was a big Dan Marino fan growing up and 13 was my number as a high school quarterback. – Babe Ruth

I think we’ve done a lot better than expected against some of these teams, … These are teams that play 180 games a year. I think with the way we’ve been playing; we may have a chance to go deep in the tournament. – Babe Ruth

I never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout. – Babe Ruth

You know the amazing thing? I love Henry Aaron. I think he’s a wonderful guy and a great credit for baseball. To break Babe Ruth’s record, he went to bat 2,000-some more times than Ruth. When you look at it that way you see how great Ruth was. Ruth was probably the greatest athlete to perform in any sport. Never has there been anybody like him. Look at him. They talk about steroids. Nobody can argue he had steroids. He just ate. He was a great one. – Babe Ruth

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