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Inspirational Sports Quotes – Page 5

Inspiring Sports quotes

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes

 

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes directed at athletes, coaches, and others who are looking for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement. They are about achieving goals, building teams, finding passion, revealing character, and finding the true lessons of sports. Take a few moments to read some and reflect on how it may apply to you or your team.

 

 

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi

 

 

“You can’t outperform your self-image.”  – Dennis Connor

 

 

“Success is peace of mind that can be obtained only from the self-satisfaction of knowing that you have made the effort to do the very best of which you are capable.” – John Wooden

 

 

“We write our own destiny; we become what we do.” –  Madame Chiang Kai-Shek

 

 

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

 

 

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

 

 

“You can gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” Buddha

 

 

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” George A. Sheehan

 

 

“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” Ralph Waldo Emereson

 

 

“In the end, we are all separate: our stories, no matter how similar, come to a fork and diverge. We are drawn to each other because of our similarities, but it is our differences we must learn to respect.”

 

 

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

– Frank Outlaw

 

 

“If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost. For out in the world we find

success begins with a fellow’s will; It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are; You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man;

But soon or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.”

-Walter D. Wintle

 

 

 

‘You wonder how they do it

You look to see the knack

You watch the foot in action

Or the shoulder or the back.

But when you spot the answer

Where the higher glamours lurk

You’ll find in moving higher

Up the laurel-covered spire

That most of it is practice

And the rest of it is work”

– Grantland Rice

 

 

I missed 9000 shots in my career
I lost almost 300 games
26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot, and missed…
I failed over and over again in my life
And that is why I succeed

– Michael Jordan

 

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes – Page 4

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes

Inspirational Sports Quotes

 

 

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes directed at athletes, coaches, and others who are looking for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement. They are about achieving goals, building teams, finding passion, revealing character, and finding the true lessons of sports. Take a few moments to read some and reflect on how it may apply to you or your team.

 

 

 

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Zig Ziglar

 

 

 

“Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” – Henri-Frédéric Amiel

 

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” – Nelson Mandela

 

 

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

 

 

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” Robert Schuller

 

 

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

“The moment of enlightenment is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.” – Vic Braden

 

 

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” – K Denis Waitley

 

 

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

 

 

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” – Fitzhugh Dodson

 

 

“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Seneca

 

 

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” -Benjamin Mays

 

 

 

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“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.” – Booker T. Washington

 

 

“I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders. – George P. Burnham

 

 

 

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. – Vince Lombardi

 

 

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi

 

 

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France

 

 

“There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. We all have a choice. You can decide which type of person you want to be. I have always chosen to be in the first group.” – Mary Kay Ash

 

 

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.” – Stephen R. Covey

 

 

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

 

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit

 

 

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” Kahlil Gibran quotes

 

 

The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation…The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. – Jacob Bronowski

 

 

It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it. – Vince Lombardi

 

 

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can. – Henry Drummond

 

 

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

 

 

It is when the well is dry that we know the price of water. – Ben Franklin

 

 

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep. – Talleyrand

 

 

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself. – Zig Ziglar

 

 

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can. – Vince Lombardi

 

 

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. – Vince Lombardi

 

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes – Page 3

 Sports quotes

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes

 

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes directed at athletes, coaches, and others who are looking for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement. They are about achieving goals, building teams, finding passion, revealing character, and finding the true lessons of sports. Take a few moments to read some and reflect on how it may apply to you or your team.

 

 

“Sportsmanship is not just about being nice. It is much more important than that. It’s about realizing that you could not compete without an opponent and that she has the same goals as you.” —Stephanie Deibler

 

 

“To achieve in sports you first have to have a dream, and then you must act on that dream. The best athletes are those who truly enjoy what they are doing and display a tremendous amount of work ethic. They continue to persevere in spite of setbacks and never lose sight of their ultimate goal.” —Dianne Holum

 

 

“On a good team there are no superstars. There are great players who show they are great players by being able to play with others as a team. They have the ability to be superstars, but if they fit into a good team, they make sacrifices, they do things necessary to help the team win. What the numbers are in salaries or statistics don’t matter; how they play together does.” —Red Holzman

 

 

“Play like you’re in first, but train like you’re in second.” —Unknown

 

 

“Luck is not something that happens by chance. Luck is earned through dedication, work and determination.” —Katie Mickley

 

 

“Trust. Without it, there is no team. Of the teams I’ve coached that have been successful, all have had an unbelievable amount of trust in each other.” —John Cook

 

 

“To win the game, you don’t have to be the most athletic or talented. To win, you must have passion for the game, determination and complete faith in yourself and your team.” —Unknown

 

 

“The values learned on the playing field–how to set goals, endure, take criticism and risks, become team players, use our beliefs, stay healthy and deal with stress–prepare us for life.” —Donna de Varona

 

 

“The trophies mean nothing. The glory will fade. In the end all that is important is your happiness.” —Unknown

 

 

 

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jimmy V

 

 

“I am the person you’ll see everyday training when everyone else has gone home. I live for the one moment of glory when I save that goal or sink that 3-point shot and score the winning basket. I am the sport, I am the glory, nothing can change that. I am an athlete, no one can forget that.” —Alexa Wilkinson

 

 

“Almost all of our limitations are self-imposed. Those that are not can be overcome by cooperation with others whose strengths compliment our weakness.” —Bill Koch

 

 

“Sports for me is when a guy walks off the court, and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.” —Jim Courier

 

 

“Champions separate the important from the unimportant. They know that good press, playing time or individual honors aren’t as important as knowing that you and your teammates have responded to the challenge together.” —Don Shaw

 

 

“High school sports: where lessons of life are still being learned, and where athletes still compete for the love of the game and their teammates.” —Michael Powers

 

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work.” –Vince Lombardi

 

 

“Sports can do so much. They’ve given me a framework: meeting new people, confidence, self-esteem, discipline, motivation. All these things I learned, whether I knew I was learning them or not, through sports.” —Mia Hamm

 

 

“In life, as in sports, you will try, and you will sometimes fail. There will be no apparent reward except to know that you did your best.” —Charles Lawrie

 

 

“I don’t need to be the Number 1 on the team. This is what I train for day in and day out. I am the support player. If I need to hit, pitch, run, whatever, I will do it. If everything was going to be about me, I think I’d quit.” –Michele Smith

 

 

“The values learned on the playing field–how to set goals, endure, take criticism and risks, become team players, use our bodies, stay healthy and deal with stress–prepare us for life.” —Donna de Varona

 

 

 

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

 

 

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.”   -Harold Taylor

 

 

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” –Vince Lombardi

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

 

 

“Every team requires unity. A team has to move as one unit, one force, with each person understanding and assisting the roles of his teammates. If the team doesn’t do this, whatever the reason, it goes down in defeat. You win or lose as a team, as a family.” —Jack Kemp

 

 

“Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” –Sam Walton

 

 

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. – Vince Lombardi

 

 

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. – Vince Lombardi

 

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” – Vince Lombardi

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes – Page 2

 

 Sports quotes

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes

 

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes directed at athletes, coaches, and others who are looking for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement. They are about achieving goals, building teams, finding passion, revealing character, and finding the true lessons of sports. Take a few moments to read some and reflect on how it may apply to you or your team.

 

 

“whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

 

 

“The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

 

 

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

 

 

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

 

 

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

 

 

“The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

 

 

“Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

 

“It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.” – John Wooden

 

 

“Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.” – John Wooden

 

 

“The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” – John Holt

 

 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find a way.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

 

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Stephen A. Brennan

 

 

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

– John Wooden

 

 

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

 

 

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

 

 

“Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Donald H. McGannon

 

 

“A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.” – Jules Ormont

 

 

“Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. – Warren Bennis

 

 

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

 

“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.” – Blaine Lee

 

 

 

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

 

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden

 

 

“The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.” – Fred A. Manske, Jr.

 

 

“An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity, a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.” – Sir Winston Churchill

 

 

“Success requires the vision to see, the faith to believe, and the courage to do.” – Author Unknown

 

 

“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” – Napoleon Hill

 

 

“Never mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden

 

 

“Sports do not build character, they reveal it.” – John Wooden

 

 

“An athlete is a normal person with the gift of an undying passion to be the best and achieve greatness.” —Amanda Ring

 

 

“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is being afraid but being able to control that fear so you are able to perform at your highest ability. That’s what makes a champion.” —Cory Lester

 

 

“The glory of sport is witnessing a well-coached team perform as a single unit, striving for a common goal and ultimately bringing distinction to the jersey the players represent.” —Dick Vitale

 

 

“Every team requires unity. A team has to move as one unit, one force, with each person understanding and assisting the roles of his teammates. If the team doesn’t do this, whatever the reason, it goes down in defeat. You win or lose as a team, as a family.” —Jack Kemp

 

 

“When you step on that field knowing that everything you worked for comes down to one game, you get that realization: this is what it’s all about, and this is why the game was made.” —Unknown

 

 

“Together we stand, together we fall, together we’re winners, and winners take all.” —Unknown

 

 

“The difference between a good athlete and a top athlete is the top athlete will do the mundane things when nobody’s looking.” —Susan True

 

 

“Individual glory is insignificant when compared to achieving victory as a team.” —Dot Richardson

 

 

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” -Louisa May Alcott

 

 

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” – Jimmy V

 

 

“Being the best that you can be is possible only if your desire to be a champion is greater than your fear of failure.” —Sammy Lee

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes

Inspirational Sports Quotes

 

Inspirational Sports Quotes

 

 

Quotes motivate, inspire, encourage, and allow you to reflect on different perspectives of life. They can also encourage you to pursue your dreams, empower you to achieve your goals, or help you overcome your fears.

 

Below is our collection of inspiring quotes directed at athletes, coaches, and others who are looking for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement. They are about achieving goals, building teams, finding passion, revealing character, and finding the true lessons of sports. Take a few moments to read some and reflect on how it may apply to you or your team.

 

 

 

“Sports remain a great metaphor for life’s more difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us first came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies, to a surprising degree, within.” —Susan Casey

 

 

“In our lives we will encounter many challenges, and tomorrow we face one together. How we accept the challenge and attack the challenge head on is only about us–no one can touch that. If we win or lose this weekend, it will not make a difference in our lives. But why we play and how we play will make a difference in our lives forever.” —Beth Anders

 

 

“What I’ve learned in my years as a competitive wheelchair athlete is this–what separates a winner from the rest of the pack is not raw talent or physical ability; instead, it is the drive and dedication to work hard every single day, and the heart to go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is.” —Linda Mastandrea

 

 

“The Most Important Thing I Know About the Spirit of Sport… It instills in us the ability to recognize and appreciate the talents of others as well as the gifts we have been given and the ability to work with others as a team. It also allows us to face the challenge of competition, learn from our successes and failures, altogether making us true champions in life.” —Dr. Dot Richardson

 

 

“The glory of sport comes from dedication, determination and desire. Achieving success and personal glory in athletics has less to do with wins and losses than it does with learning how to prepare yourself so that at the end of the day, whether on the track or in the office, you know that there was nothing more you could have done to reach your ultimate goal.” —Jackie Joyner-Kersee

 

 

“Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.” —John Smith

 

 

“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

 

 

“Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny.” —Elain Maxwell

 

 

“When all is said and done, it’s not the shots that won the championship that you remember, but the friendships you made along the way.” —Unknown

 

 

“The glory of sport is born at the moment when the game and the person become one, when all the complexity of one’s life finds a moment to emerge in the game.” —Timothy Shriver, Ph.D.

 

 

“Victory isn’t defined by wins or losses, it is defined by effort. If you can truthfully say, ‘I did the best I could, I gave everything I had,’ then you’re a winner.” —Wolfgang Schadler

 

 

“I think a lot of our team commitment is a silent understanding that each one of us has poured our life into what we’re doing.” —Claire Carver-Dias

 

 

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden

 

 

“Victory isn’t defined by wins or losses. It is defined by effort. If you can truthfully say, ‘I did the best I could, I gave everything I had,’ then you’re a winner.” – Wolfgang Schadler

 

 

“Those who truly have the spirit of champions are never wholly happy with an easy win. Half the satisfaction stems from knowing that it was the time and the effort you invested that led to your high achievement.” —Nicole Haislett

 

 

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

 

 

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

 

 

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” -Harold Taylor