54+ Best Competition Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational competition quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Most Famous Competition Quotes

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity. – Nancy Pearcey

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. – Confucius

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it. – Walt Disney

Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people. – DAVID SARNOFF

The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give. – Howard Cosell

You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that. – Michael Jordan

Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition. – Henry Clay

I’m not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance. – Celine Dion

It is in vain for us to devise schemes by which competition can be put out of civilized life. Competition is the condition of life. – LYMAN ABBOTT

Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose. – Baltasar Gracian

Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights. – Shannon L. Alder

Life is a competition not with others, but with ourselves. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair a mistake; each day to surpass ourselves. – David B. Haight

Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone. – Lance Armstrong

Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t. – Malcolm X

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. – Indira Gandhi

Taste the relish to be found in competition — in having to put forth the best within you to match the deeds of risk-taking, hard-working competitors. – HENRY J. KAISER

Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people. – David Sarnoff

A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition. – James Cash Penney

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. – Indira Gandhi

No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal. – Bonnie Blair

If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. – EVAN ESAR

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort. – Colin Powell

The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away. – Walter Wriston

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war. – NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress. – Herbert Hoover

When a man can do better than everyone else in the same walk, he does not make any very painful exertions to outdo himself. The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends. – WILLIAM HAZLITT

All you have to do is play better than the other guy and things go well. If you don’t play better than the other players then somebody takes your place. – Bill Parcels

I’m not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance. – Celine Dion

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself. – Washington Allston

When a man can do better than everyone else in the same walk, he does not make any very painful exertions to outdo himself. The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends. – William Hazlitt

Healthy competition keeps you alert–keeps you driven: You’ll notice things that you might not have noticed before. When everyone else is in gear, there’s not time for you to sit in neutral. – PHIL MARTIN

Competition is a rude yet effective motivation. – Toba Beta

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. – Oprah Winfrey

Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you’ll be sick. – George Leonard

The only way to beat the competition is to stop trying to beat the competition. – W. CHAN KIM & RENEE MAUBORGNE

Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity. – Daniel Burrus

You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do. – A. J. Kitt

You’ll never learn a thing from a competitor weaker than you. – Harvey Mackay

If you’re able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence. – Barbara Cook

When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Moreover, the competition with ourselves leaves unimpaired our benevolence toward our fellow men. – Eric Hoffer

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. – Napoleon Bonaparte

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace. – Ovid

Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one. – Bill Bradley

Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind. – Willard Beecher

Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser

Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good someone else. – William Saroyan

Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser

Free competition is worth more to society than it costs. – OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR

Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress. – Herbert Hoover

Life is not a competition. No one has to lose for someone else to win. A true blessing blesses everyone. – DONNA GODDARD

This dream that men shall cease to waste strength in competition and shall come to pool their powers of production is coming to pass all over the earth. – JANE ADDAMS

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