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140+ Best Sports Quotes That Instantly Inspire You

Inspirational sports quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Top 10 Sports Quotes

I don’t count my situps. I only start counting once it starts hurting. – Muhammad Ali

Football is like life. It requires perserverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. – Vince Lombardi

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

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

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

Basketball is a lifelong game. You continue to learn from the game day in and day out, and all along the way, you get better. – Scottie Pippen

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

Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. – Jimmy Valvano

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Softball has given me so much in life. It’s taught me the kind of person I want to be and given me a sweet sisterhood. It even led me to my husband. – Jennie Finch

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

Most Famous Sports Quotes

The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory. – Les Brown

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

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

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

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The only way to prove you are 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 miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

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

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

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

If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail. – Mark Spitz

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

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

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown. – Ross Perot

The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer. – John Madden

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Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.”- Cal Ripken, Jr.

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

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

There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. – Derek Jeter

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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

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

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. – Ted Williams

When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge. – Terry Bradshaw

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Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful. – Wayne Gretzky

If you can’t outplay them, outwork them. – Ben Hogan

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. – William James

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

Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple. – Johan Cruyff

The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit. – Ken Doherty

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

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

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

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Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her. – Mia Hamm

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

Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss. – Doug Williams

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. – Woodrow T. Wilson

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It’s not the will to win that matters-everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. – Paul Bear Bryant

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. – Phil Jackson

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Competing in gymnastics is the greatest reminder of being alive as a human being. – Raj Bhavsar

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. – Marv Levy

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

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Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play. – Gary Player

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. – George Halas

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

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

I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat. – Tom Landry

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears. – Laird Hamilton

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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

I love the whole world of boxing and the sense of community that exists there. — Holt McCallany

Good is not good when better is expected. – Vin Scully

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It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. – Paul Bear” Bryant

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby

Make each day your masterpiece. – John Wooden

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Lacrosse is probably the best sport I ever played. – Jim Brown

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

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

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A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t. – Jack Dempsey

It ain’t over ’til it’s over. – Yogi Berra

Winners never quit and quitters never win. – Vince Lombardi

Running cross country is the closest man will ever get to flying. – Joseph Vanderstel

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One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it. – Knute Rockne

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. – Bobby Unser

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

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If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average. – M.H. Alderson

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. – Liane Cardes

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

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Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. – Dean Karnazes

I like to hit the gym early in the morning. I feel better throughout the day when I get in a workout first thing in the morning. – Derek Jeter

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose. – Andre Agassi

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

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

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. – Michael Phelps

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

You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them. – Satchel Paige

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Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding. – Jim Valvano

Champions keep playing until they get it right. – Billie Jean Kingeval

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

What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time. – Don Zimmer

Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time. – Vince Lombardi

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me. And the one guy who didn’t vote for me, thank you, too. – Shaquille O’Neal

It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. – PaulBear” Bryant

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

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. – Matt Biondi

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

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

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy. – Arthur Ashe

Nobody beat Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row. – Vitas Gerulaitis

I never worry about the problem. I worry about the solution. – Shaquille O’Neal

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

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me. – Cal Ripken Jr.

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

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

If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they’ve won. – Mia Hamm

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

You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. – Chris Evert

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

The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special. – Eddie Reese

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win. – Joe Frazier

During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball. – Mickey Mantle

I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind. – Peyton Manning

To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift. – Steve Prefontaine

It’s all about the journey, not the outcome. – Carl Lewis

When I race my mind is full of doubts – who will finish second, who will finish third? – Noureddine Morceli

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you. – Eddie Robinson

You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all. – J. Askenberg

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. – Heywood Broun

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

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

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

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

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

I didn’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game. – Tom Landry

Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature. – Bobby Knight

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

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

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. – Pat Riley

Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT! – Cameron Trammell

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

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

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

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

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. – Michael Phelpseval

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

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

Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records. – William A. Ward

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

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. – Babe Ruth

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

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

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

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding. – Jim Valvano

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

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

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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

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