100+ Best Player Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational player quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Player Quotes

You don’t buy experience at the pharmacy. You acquire it through games over time. Every player must go through that, but when the federation hired me, they told me they wanted new players and young players who will prepare for the future. — Agustin Castillo

My dad’s a photographer, and my sister is a writer and a poet. My little brother is a mandolin player – he’s a bluegrass musician. It’s always been a part of the family. — Timothy Simons

I have six brothers and one sister. I grew up playing ice hockey, a total tomboy, and that’s what I thought I was going to do – be an ice hockey player. — Nicola Peltz

As a captain, I think it’s important that the players really know who you are and what you stand for, what your beliefs are, and to be consistent in those if things are going good or things are going bad. — Mark Messier

I was not a very good football player when I started out. — Lynn Swann

One of my favorite expressions ever uttered by a player is Roy Campanella’s line about how, in order to be a major-league player, you have to have a lot of little boy in you. — Vin Scully

Believe me, you need good people if you want to make good players. — Gordon Strachan

The crowd paid little or no respect to every player out there tonight. — Bob Anderson

The thing a player has to ask himself: ‘Do you want to choose winning over standing out?’ Dwyane Wade made that choice, and I don’t think he gets enough credit. — Doc Rivers

I have a feeling we are going to be world champions, I can’t really explain why. Brazil are probably the best team in the world in terms of individual players. But the team with the most gifted players do not always win. — Oliver Kahn

I believe every chess player senses beauty, when he succeeds in creating situations, which contradict the expectations and the rules, and he succeeds in mastering this situation. — Vladimir Kramnik

I’ve always been very interested in the struggle for human rights, not just here but abroad, and I wanted to be an inside player in that struggle. I wanted to make the laws reflect our ideals and ideas in this democracy that is America. — Leah Ward Sears

I love baseball. I love watching baseball. As a broadcaster, I get to watch the best 700 players put on the uniform year after year. That, to me, is exciting. — Bert Blyleven

A lot of young players don’t really know much about the history of the game and a lot of them are missing out on what the game is all about, especially the whole concept of sportsmanship and teamwork. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

He’s got everything. He’ not a great player yet because he hasn’t won any major championships, but it’s a matter of time. He’s an outstanding talent. I didn’t realize how tall he is. — Nick Price

Most players who play tennis love the game. But I think you also have to respect it. You want to do everything you can in your power to do your best. And for me, I know I get insane guilt if I go home at the end of the day and don’t feel I’ve done everything I can. If I know I could have done something better, I have this uneasy feeling. — Andy Roddick

I was doing acting work at Fox – bit pieces with Greg Peck in The Gunfighter and things like that – and grew up more or less as a Fox contract player in about two years. — Larry Buchanan

If I could make millions of dollars being a softball player, I would quit acting in a second. — Danny Masterson

I’m not everybody’s cup of tea. But sometimes criticism can be hurtful. Be respectful. I’m a good piano player, I can sing well, I write good songs. If you don’t like it, fair enough. But give me a break. — Elton John

Every great player has learned the two Cs: how to concentrate and how to maintain composure. — Byron Nelson

In my youth I thought I was going to be a professional rugby player. — Georgie Fame

There’s no leader of this band, and there never will be. That’s the key. You can’t control how the public perceives you-people see rock’n’roll bands as the guitar player and the singer. — Shannon Hoon

When I was young, all the books were about a Mary Jane and the football player and the prom and ending up with the quiet guy and making your mom happy. — S. E. Hinton

It’s a pretty sure thing that the player’s bat is what speaks loudest when it’s contract time, but there are moments when the glove has the last word. — Brooks Robinson

My whole career from the early 70s on has been mind-blowing. I didn’t imagine in my life that I would ever be considered a guitar player first of all because I started off as a singer. — George Benson

The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less. — Pete Sampras

We’ve got to use every piece of data and piece of information, and hopefully that will help us be accurate with our player evaluation. For us, that’s our life blood. — Billy Beane

Still, I believe it is only a passing phase and cricket will one day produce an abundance of great players. — Frank Woolley

If any player has a bad game its there in the back of your mind in the next game. Theres always a hangover. It is like a wounded animal in a way, as you want to get out there as quick as possible and rectify it. — Rio Ferdinand

I thought the Hall of Fame was for superstars, not just average players like me. — Earle Combs

There isn’t a woman player in the world I can’t give knights-odds to and still beat. — Bobby Fischer

I love sharing my knowledge of hitting with others. Now coaches and players at all levels can learn my systematic approach to hitting a baseball with more consistency, mental strength and accuracy. — Dusty Baker

As a professional football player, I have known perfectly well from the day I started playing that every day I have to fight for my place. — Luis Figo

I’m a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar player and we’ve been in many bands. — Adam Jones

I decided to build a studio in my house. We built it in my basement kitchen. I had the drummer up by the fish tank. I was in the toilet singing. The bass player was out by the shelves in the living room, and the guitarist was on the couch by the telly. — Eddi Reader

I criticize a lot of players and coaches. But I back it up with facts. A lot of times guys get mad at me because someone told them what I said. I say, ‘You’re wrong: Go check the tape. — Phil Simms

You can be a singer, and you can be a guitar player, but putting them together is another animal. — Gavin DeGraw

I really believe the only thing you can control in those situations is what you do as a player but also how you interact with your teammates, which is critical. — Brian Griese

If I were on the field, I’d want the manager sticking up for me. Sometimes players are dead wrong, ranting and raving, but you stick up for them. They appreciate that. — Bobby Cox

Any quality player can adjust well to the different demands. It is like a good tennis player who is expected to adjust to the clay at the French Open, the grass at Wimbledon, the hard courts of the U.S. and the heat of the Australian Open. A professional is expected to do all that. — Gautam Gambhir

You know, if you really want to fiddle the old-time way, you’ve got to learn the dance. The contra-dances, hoedowns. It’s all in the rhythm of the bow. The great North Carolina fiddle player Tommy Jarrell said, ‘If a feller can’t bow, he’ll never make a fiddler. He might make a violin player, but he’ll never make no fiddler.’ — Alison Krauss

Today, free agency takes away a lot of your heroes, they go somewhere else. Some of them don’t but a lot of them do-take the higher offer to go somewhere else. And, it turns the fans off because they get attached to the players. — Bob Lilly

I see the player piano as the grandfather of the computer, the ancestor of the entire nightmare we live in, the birth of the binary world where there is no option other than yes or no and where there is no refuge. — William Gaddis

I taught myself off records, Memphis Slim, them old piano players, then added to it. Yeah, hard and loud, beat it to pieces. — Pinetop Perkins

If we perform as a unit and if every single player gives it his very best, everything can happen. — Oliver Kahn

I wanted the players to feel like they were part of a family, to be conscious of that controlled togetherness as they made that slow entrance onto the field. It had a great psychological effect on the opposing team, too. They’d never seen anything like it. — Hayden Fry

I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work. — Jerry Rice

As a guitar player, you can gravitate to the blues because you can play it easily. It’s not a style that’s difficult to pick up. It’s purely emotive and dead easy to get a start with. — Boz Scaggs

I love my music, so I want to produce, write, and serve my music. I’ve had to learn about EQ frequencies and programming and space and clutter and how to be a better piano or bass player – everything. — FKA twigs

An angry player can’t argue with the back of an umpire who is walking away. — Bill Klem

A guitar player goes on the road, and he misses his girlfriend for a while, but he manages to get along. A horn player gets out on the road, plays two or three towns, and then he’ll get lonely, and next thing you know, he’s packed up and left. It’s better not to hire him in the first place. — Albert King

You know, I was once named Minor League Player of the Year… unfortunately, I had been in the majors for two years at the time. — Bob Uecker

He’s helped me do so much in my career, helped me be the player that I am. If there’s no Larry Brown, then there’s no MVP, Allen Iverson. — Allen Iverson

The best player I ever played with was Dennis Johnson. — Larry Bird

If there is one thing that all players have in common it is that winning, competitive gene; the ability to overcome obstacles and fight for what you want from your career. — Andres Iniesta

Cricket needs brightening up a bit. My solution is to let the players drink at the beginning of the game, not after. It always works in our picnic matches. — Paul Hogan

First I was a European-style player, then I was a downtown ‘noise guy,’ and now some people call me an Americana guy. — Bill Frisell

Im always interested in working with people who are good team players – that are selfless that way in their interests and dedication to the project. — Diane Paulus

Every major player is working on this technology of artificial intelligence. As of now, it’s benign… but I would say that the day is not far off when artificial intelligence as applied to cyber warfare becomes a threat to everybody. — Ted Bell

I think my broadcast partner Mike Gorman said it best. He said there’s a generation of fans who know me as a player and there’s a generation of fans who know me as a coach and now there’s a generation of fans who think I’m Shrek! — Tom Heinsohn

In these days of modern tennis a player is as strong as his weakest stroke. — Bill Tilden

But what I didnt want to have happen, and I made this clear to Jeremy (Florida AD), if I am able to go coach, I want to coach at one place, the University of Florida. It would be a travesty, it would be ridiculous to all of a sudden come back and get the feeling back, get the health back, feel good again and then all of a sudden go throw some other colors on my shirt and go coach? I dont want to do that. I have too much love for this University and these players and for what weve built. — Urban Meyer

I caddied for a guy who was a very good player, and he gave me a set of clubs, just a starter set: 5-iron, 7-iron, 9-iron, putter and driver. I just loved it. How I developed my swing was to just grab a club and start banging balls. — Fred Couples

I think that we are trying to put data communications, telecommunications and media communications together and be the No. 1 player there. — Hans Vestberg

I never dreamed about being an actor, because that was out of reach. Coming from a small town that was big in farming, and also big in clothing factories, you don’t dream about being a professional football player or an actor. — Herschel Walker

Every player should be accorded the privilege of at least one season with the Chicago Cubs. That’s baseball as it should be played – in God’s own sunshine. And that’s really living. — Alvin Dark

Generally speaking, they have as many stars as other firms, but they are low-key about it, because that’s not the Goldman way, but their bench is a lot deeper. I think Goldman has as many A players, but more importantly they have fewer C players. And no firm, I have noticed, has the depth anywhere like that. — William D. Cohan

I am happy at Leeds and I want to stay. There has been talk that Leeds might sell some players, but all the players believe we can win some silverware next season and it is important that we are all kept together. — Robbie Keane

I listen to other guitar players, yeah. It gives me new concepts and shows me where the instrument is going for the future and it is going some places. There are some musicians who are really putting out a good vibe with new theories. I try and keep up. — George Benson

I am a team player – and that is what you need to be an effective point guard. You gotta see the court, you gotta set up the play, and you gotta let others execute for the most part. I don’t throw elbows for the sake of throwing elbows, but if somebody throws one at me and it’s necessary to respond in kind, I suppose I can if I have to. — Susan Rice

The voices on the record, that was trying to treat my voice like guitar players treat guitar tones. — Gary Cherone

The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat. — Sam Snead

I always got great respect as a bass player. — Bill Wyman

The one thing about players today is that they’re very sensitive, and very fragile. They didn’t grow up with tough coaches. — Doug Collins

I think that players play, and they compete, and it’s not about incentives. — David Stern

I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning. And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach. — Don Shula

There are good people who are dealt a bad hand by fate, and bad people who live long, comfortable, privileged lives. A small twist of fate can save or end a life; random chance is a permanent, powerful player in each of our lives, and in human history as well. — Jeff Greenfield

Rugby is great. The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that. — Joe Theismann

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity. — Gordie Howe

I can’t be a hypocrite as a coach because as a player that’s what I wanted. I wanted feedback, I wanted communication from the boss. I showed up for work, you can yell at me if you want, but I want input. So that’s the kind of coach I want to be. — Adam Oates

It’s all about putting the best team together – not just in the front office but the players on the field. — John Elway

I never give up on my players, and I’ll never give up on people. — Art Modell

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period. — Tony Iommi

I’m a self-taught musician aside from what I’ve been able to pick up from other players. — Walter Becker

I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn’t win. — Urban Meyer

I was planning to be a baseball player until I ran into something called a curveball. And that set me back. — Ben Chandler

My mental approach is totally different. My coach predicated everything on defense. He always talked about defense, defense, defense. I took it to heart that if you play defense, you can take the heart from an offensive player. — Eric Williams

As a kid, I always idolized entrepreneurs. I thought they were cool people in the way that I thought basketball players were cool people. It’s cool that some people get paid to dunk basketballs, but I’m not one of those people. — Ben Silbermann

Bass players are always the intellectual kind, but nobody knows it. — Stanley Clarke

Soccer’s not a game that you can restrict players, especially creative players and players who have proven themselves at that level. — Tiffeny Milbrett

I’d rather be a good person off the field than a good baseball player on the field. — Bryce Harper

The history of the music industry is inevitably also the story of the development of technology. From the player piano to the vinyl disc, from reel-to-reel tape to the cassette, from the CD to the digital download, these formats and devices changed not only the way music was consumed, but the very way artists created it. — Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

I became more confident within myself and matured as a person and become a little bit more opinionated – maybe the lads might say a little bit too opinionated for their liking but that is just a natural progression for a player. — Kenny Cunningham

History shows fans want consolidation; you see it across the web every place. The big players are people like Google, Amazon, eBay, Facebook. — Irving Azoff

You do not have to be convicted or even charged of a crime to be able to demonstrate that you’ve violated a personal conduct policy, and reflect poorly not only on themselves, but all of their teammates, every NFL player in the league, and everyone associated with the NFL. — Roger Goodell

Stardom is just an uneasy seat on top of a tricky toboggan. Being a star is merely perching at the head of the downgrade. A competent featured player can last a lifetime. A star, a year or two. There’s all that agony of finding suitable stories, keeping in character, maintaining illusion. — Fredric March

At the time, I didn’t know that bass would not be enough for me. I’m not a bass player because bass is always a background instrument even to this very day. — Eberhard Weber

My inspiration was the game itself, not any individual player in it. — Nomar Garciaparra

To be champion requires more than simply being a strong player; one has to be a strong human being as well. — Anatoly Karpov

In the original script, my character was a basketball player rather than a boxer. I didn’t think I could pull that off. I’m a little short to be a basketball player! — Eddie Murphy

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