Sports Quotes

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“Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly.”
-Shaquille O’Neal

“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
-Vince Lombardi

“I can’t play being mad. I go out there and have fun. It’s a game, and that’s how I am going to treat it.”
-Ken Griffey, Jr.

“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
-Ara Parashegian

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”
-Jesse Owens

“Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself.”
-African-American proverb

“The impossible is often untried.”
-Unknown

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results.”
-Unknown

“Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face.”
-Unknown
“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
-Michael Jordan
“I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.”
-Wilma Rudolph
“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
“It’s not how hard you’ve pushed along the way. It’s having something in you to finish.”
-Michael Jordan
“The purpose of any athletic endeavor is to challenge human limits both on and off the playing field.”
-Unknown
“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.”
-Steve Prefontaine
“You win some, you lose some, but you always try again.”
-Unknown
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
-Mike Singletary
“The man who can drive himself farther once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”
-Sir Roger Bannister
“The higher the goal, the harder the climb, but taken each day, one step at a time. The goal is accomplished, the dream is attained, and the prizes? The wisdom and strength that are gained.”
-American Greeting Cards
“I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.”
-Mia Hamm
“Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains.”
-Marvin Ashton
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
-Mark Twain
“The only way you can truly control how you are seen is being honest all the time.”
-Tom Hanks
“We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life.”
-James Van Praagh
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“The most important decision I ever made in my career was to live my life in sports as honestly and ethically as possible. Never having compromised my values allows me to look back on my life with no regrets and feel satisfaction in what I was able to accomplish.”
-Greg LeMond

“1 goal, 10 assists.”
-Adidas commercial on USA Women’s World Cup Soccer Team

“The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made.”
-Tim Duncan

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

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
-Wayne Gretzky

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
-Matt Biondi

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
-Muhammad Ali

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
-Gail Devers

“The Spirit of Sports: The spirit of sports gives each of us who participate an opportunity to be creative. Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way no other aspect of life can. For many of us who struggle with ‘fitting in’ or our identity – sports gives us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things!”
-Dan O’Brien

“The most important lesson I’ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship. I mean, it’s really tough to shake the hand of someone who just beat you, and it’s even harder to do it with a smile. If you can learn to do this and push through that pain, you will remember what that moment is like the next time you win and have a better sense of how those competitors around you feel. This experience will teach you a lot on and off the field!”
-Amy Van Dyken

“Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.”
-Bart Starr

“Doing your best is more important than being the best.”
-Shannon Miller

“I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.”
-Gordie Howe

“Sports creates a bond between contemporaries that lasts a lifetime. It also gives your life structure, discipline and a genuine, sincere, pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide.”
-Bob Cousy

“The answers to these questions will determine your success or failure. 1) Can people trust me to do what’s right? 2) Am I committed to doing my best? 3) Do I care about other people and show it? If the answers to these questions are yes, there is no way you can fail.”
-Lou Holtz

“Confidence is a very fragile things.”
-Joe Montana

“Ask yourself is it right or wrong and act accordingly.”
-Otto Graham, Jr.

“Follow your dreams as long as you live! Never be afraid to go out on the limb to live up to your expectations. Always do things your way and Have Fun!”
-Picabo Street

“Never look to the ground for your next step. Greatness belongs to those who look to the horizon.”
-Bud Greenspan

“To play is in the mind. To win is in the heart.”
-Jennifer McCombs

“Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.”
-Bobby Jones

“Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.”
-Brad Burden

“Victory is in the quality of competition, not the final score.”
-Mike Marshall

“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.”
-Robert Collier

“I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else.”
-Arthur Ashe

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”
-Unknown

“An open mind opens doors.”
-Unknown

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
-Robert F. Kennedy

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”
-Jimmy Johnson

“Each of us is affected by what happens to the other. Just as our movement interact on the field, so our lives interact to a certain degree. This is what is so great about being a member of a team.”
-Eric Lund

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
-Japanese Proverb

“A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team.”
-Unknown

“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

“I play to win. Even when common sense should tell me I no longer have a chance. Even when I have been playing at my worst and all the breaks have been going against me. I approach each new day, and each new game as a glorious opportunity to get going again.”
-Unknown

“Winning isn’t always finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing.”
-Manuel Diotte

“Not all are blessed with great ability, but with teamwork and perseverance, all can accomplish great things.”
-M.D. Boyer

“You win the race only after you cross the finish line, regardless of what place.”
-Unknown

“Perseverance is a great element of success.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The will to prepare, the guts to risk, and the desire to be the best…these are the trademarks of a champion.”
-Unknown

“If you meet a team with desire, you better be able to match that desire or you will lose.”
-Unknown

“Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.”
-Ray Knight

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