Famous Sports Quotes

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

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

You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place. - James Lane Allen

If you can't accept losing, you can't win. - Vince Lombardi

Running is real and relatively simpleā€¦but it ain't easy. - Mark Will-Weber

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

The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players. - Don Coryell

Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there. - Bo Jackson

It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit. - Robert Yates

The game isn't over till it's over. - Yogi Berra

You miss 100% of the shots you never take. - Wayne Gretzky

Once you're beat mentally, you might as well not even go to the starting line. - Todd Williams

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

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. - Satchel Paige

I found out that if you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt. - Scotty Bowman

You are never a loser until you quit trying. - Mike Ditka

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character. - T. Alan Armstrong

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. - Muhammad Ali

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all? - Joe Namath

You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be - in baseball and in life. - Pete Rose

Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common. - Satchel Paige

It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day. - Willie Mays

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat. - Herschel Walker

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

The only way to overcome is to hang in. Even I'm starting to believe that. - Dan O'Brien

Nothing succeeds like success. - Proverb

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. - Gale Sayers

My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of he blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win....Channel your energy. Focus. - Carl Lewis

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

If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race its up to you. - Dave Scott

Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half. - Bum Phillips

To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. - Tony Dorsett

Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ME for the WE. - Phil Jackson

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

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. - Vince Lombardi

Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common. - Satchel Paige

You learn you can do your best even when its hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage. - Joe Namath

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. - Heywood Hale Broun

The one nice thing about sports is that they prove men do have emotions and are not afraid to show them. - Jane O'Reilly

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. - Vince Lombardi

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

My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works. - Tiger Woods

Life is like a baseball game. When you think a fastball is coming, You gotta be ready to hit the curve. - Jaja Q

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime. - Babe Ruth

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

The Six W's: Work will win when wishing won't. - Todd Blackledge

The sports page records people's accomplishments; The front page nothing but their failures. - Justice Earl Warren

Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work a company work, a society work, a civilization work. - Vince Lombardi

When you're playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you'll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor. - Pat Riley

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. - Vince Lombardi

I was told over and over again that I would never be successful, that I was not going to be competitive and the technique was simply not going to work. All I could do was shrug and say "We'll just have to see". - Dick Fosbury

I believe the first step in any success-sports, work, a service group, whatever-is showing up. - David DeNotaris

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

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

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. - Vince Lombardi

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

I never criticize a player until they are first convinced of my unconditional confidence in their abilities. - John Robinson

If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team. - Bud Wilkinson

The Coach does not play in the game, but the Coach helps the players identify areas to improve their game. - Byron & Catherine Pulsifer, from What Does a Coach Do?

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur. - Vince Lombardi

I can tell you one thing. I've done this my way. I don't have anybody to blame for this win but me, and I love it. - John Daly

Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical. - Yogi Berra

There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing. - Scotty Bowman

I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win. - Arnold Palmer

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

All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract them from achieving their aims. - Lou Holtz

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates. - Magic Johnson

I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability. - Bruce Jenner

Competing in sports has taught me that if I'm not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will. - Ron Blomberg

If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his jacket on. - Lou Holtz

When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important. - Bill Shoemaker

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

Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself. - Shannon Miller

The medals don't mean anything and the glory doesn't last. It's all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing. - Jackie Joyner Kersee

If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price. - Bud Wilkinson

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

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. - Satchel Paige

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

When someone tells me the is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under my butt. My instant reaction is, I'm gonna prove you wrong. - Picabo Street

The only way to overcome is to hang in. Even I'm starting to believe that. - Dan O'Brien

When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important. - Bill Shoemaker

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. - Seneca

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club wont be worth a dime. - Babe Ruth

The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start to the top. - O.J. Simpson

The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players. - Don Coryell

When you're playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you'll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor. - Pat Riley

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

Sweat plus sacrifice equals success. - Charlie Finley

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

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

There's no substitute for guts. - Paul Bear Bryant

I really lack the words to compliment myself today. - Alberto Tomba

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

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 Aaron

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks. - Joe Paterno

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

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

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. - Honore de Balzac

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. - Vince Lombardi

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

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

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat. - Herschel Walker

The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost. - George Shultz

Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals, acquiring the experience is a matter of time. - Greg LeMond

To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. - Tony Dorsett

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates. - Magic Johnson

Set your goals high, and dont stop till you get there. - Bo Jackson

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. - Gale Sayers

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a mans determination. - Tommy Lasorda

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. - Coach Darrel Royal

You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge. - Damon Runyon

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired you quit when the gorilla is tired. - Robert Strauss

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

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

I know that I'm never as good or bad as any single performance. I've never believed my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena. - Charles Barkley

What's the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence. - Terry Bradshaw

Ain't no chance if you dont take it. - Guy Clark

In war there is no substitute for victory. - Douglas MacArthur

You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit. - Joe Paterno

You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional. - Joe Paterno

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

To be prepared is half the victory. - Miguel Cervantes

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. - Vidal Sassoon

The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion. - Jean-Claude Killy

Everyone has limits on the time they can devote to exercise, and cross-training simply gives you the best return on your investment balanced fitness with minimum injury risk and maximum fun. - Paula Newby-Fraser

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear. - Mark Twain

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. - Amelia Earhart

Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it. - Chuck Noll

When you're are playing for the national championship, it's not a matter of life or death. Its more important than that. - Duffy Daugherty

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. - Vincent T. Lombardi

My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win....Channel your energy. Focus. - Carl Lewis

The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do. - Dennis Waitley

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

The game isn't over till it's over. - Yogi Berra

Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles. - Bob Richards, Pole Vaulter

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. - John Wooden

I'll always be Number 1 to myself. - Moses Malone

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. - Thomas Edison

You learn you can do your best even when its hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage. - Joe Namath

If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end. - Julius Erving

If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race its up to you. - Dave Scott, Triathlete

I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win. - Arnold Palmer

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing! - Pat Riley

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. - Author unknown

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers

I will always be someone who wants to do better than others. I love competition. - Jean-Claude Killy

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. - Samuel Johnson

Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself. - Shannon Miller

I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability. - Bruce Jenner

In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing. - Van Morrison

He who stops being better stops being good. - Oliver Cromwell