79+ Best Michael Jordan Quotes: Exclusive Selection

The greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, began his professional basketball career when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He became known for his power and agility on the court as well as for his leadership abilities. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. Inspirational Michael Jordan quotes will motivate you for striving to better throughout life with perseverance and dedication.

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Motivational Michael Jordan Quotes

The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game. – Michael Jordan

I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win. – Michael Jordan

To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail. – Michael Jordan

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But 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

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

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. – Michael Jordan

Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in. – Michael Jordan

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength. – Michael Jordan

Make it happen. – Michael Jordan

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. – Michael Jordan

If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life. – Michael Jordan

To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate. – Michael Jordan

I’ve missed more than 9000 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

Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again. – Michael Jordan

The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing. – Michael Jordan

The key to success is a failure. – Michael Jordan

Learning’s a gift, even when pain is your teacher. – Michael Jordan

Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ballpark. – Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. – Michael Jordan

There is noIin team but there is in win. – Michael Jordan

Every time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again. – Michael Jordan

The best comes from the worst. – Michael Jordan

I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… When you think about the consequences you will always think of the negative result. – Michael Jordan

I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan

I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time. – Michael Jordan

I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat. – Michael Jordan

My body could stand the crutches, but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline. – Michael Jordan

The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfilment and peace. – Michael Jordan

I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder the next time. – Michael Jordan

It’s heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can. People may not agree with that. I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do. – Michael Jordan

If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say I was afraid to try. – Michael Jordan

I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life, I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it. – Michael Jordan

Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways, that’s about life too. – Michael Jordan

Heart is what separates the good from the great. – Michael Jordan

I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus. – Michael Jordan

You can practice shooting 8 hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise. – Michael Jordan

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. – Michael Jordan

I own the guy guarding me. – Michael Jordan

There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, & I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either. – Michael Jordan

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

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

I mean we all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others. – Michael Jordan

Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night. – Michael Jordan

Best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are. – Michael Jordan

Winning isn’t always championships. – Michael Jordan

Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight. – Michael Jordan

I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life. – Michael Jordan

Enjoy every minute of life. Never second-guess life. – Michael Jordan

I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era. – Michael Jordan

If I had been playing for money, I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid. – Michael Jordan

Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have. – Michael Jordan

I want to be the bridge to the next generation. – Michael Jordan

When I will lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game. – Michael Jordan

I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and perseverance with a positive attitude. – Michael Jordan

In reality, I never want to grow up. – Michael Jordan

How many times have your parents told you not to do things, and the next thing you know, you go do it? And you realized you shouldn’t have done it. – Michael Jordan

My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes. – Michael Jordan

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation. – Michael Jordan

In college, I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball. – Michael Jordan

In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money. – Michael Jordan

For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you’ve accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball. – Michael Jordan

My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, to dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect. – Michael Jordan

Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I’ve done? No. – Michael Jordan

I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who love challenges. – Michael Jordan

Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work. – Michael Jordan

Patience. I will become what I know I am. – Michael Jordan

If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit. – Michael Jordan

Pain goes away. Victory lasts a lifetime. – Michael Jordan

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. – Michael Jordan

If nobody will help you, do it alone. – Michael Jordan

You miss 100% of the shots you never take. – Michael Jordan

I’ve never been afraid to fail. – Michael Jordan

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. – Michael Jordan

If you put your mind to doing whatever it is you want to do, good things can happen. – Michael Jordan

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

When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game. – Michael Jordan

Limits, like fear, is often an illusion. – Michael Jordan

The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort. – Michael Jordan

My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’ – Michael Jordan

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