100 Most Inspirational Sports Quotes Of All Time
Yes, we watch sports for the excitement, but even moreso, we watch it for the drama. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a team come back to win that 4th series game after being down 0-3, or a fighter getting off the canvas to score a come from behind knock-out. Sports are about those incredible moments where sheer human will and desire overcomes the odds. These are the moments we remember. rocky balboa statue Photo credit: Damon Green Given the nature of sports, its not surprising that athletes have had some inspiring and motivational things to say about hard work, leadership, perseverance, winning, and much more. Here are the top 100 most motivational sports quotes in history: 100 Most Inspirational Sports Quotes Of All Time Edit Post ‹ KeepInspiring.me — WordPress.htm “The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 100. “The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks 99. “Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” – Frank L. Gaines 98. “When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.” – Bill Shoemaker 97. “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee 96. “I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.” – Bruce Jenner 95. “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” – Mary Lou Retton 94. “Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.” – Pat Tyson 93. “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” – Ross Perot 92. “You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.” – Larry Brown derek jeter “There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Keith Allison) 91. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter 90. “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” – Ted Williams 89. “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” – Knute Rockne 88. “The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” – Ken Doherty 87. “An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” – Emil Zatopek 86. “Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.” – Mia Hamm 85. “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw 84. “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 83. “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 82. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Marv Levy “I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” - Tom Landry (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 81. “I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry 80. “Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” – Laird Hamilton 79. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson 78. “I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.” – Sandy Koufax 77. “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan 76. “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby 75. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James 74. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary 73. “If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.” – M.H. Alderson 72. “Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Liane Cardes 71. “Good is not good when better is expected.” – Vin Scully 70. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda 69. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King Herb Brooks “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” – Herb Brooks (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 68. “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” – Herb Brooks 67. “What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.” – Don Zimmer 66. “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz 65.“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 64. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi 63. “Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” – George F. Will 62. “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young John Madden “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 61. “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden 60. “You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” – Arthur Ashe 59. “What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” – Andre Agassi 58. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele 57. “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. ” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 56. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas Cal Ripken Jr “Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.” – Cal Ripken Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 55. “Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.” – Cal Ripken Jr. 54. “You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.” – Chris Evert 53. “When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.” – Paul Brown 52. “The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.” – Eddie Reese 51. “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger Joe Frazier “When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.” – Joe Frazier (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 50. “When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.” – Joe Frazier 49. “During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.” – Mickey Mantle 48. “I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.” – Peyton Manning 47. “Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.” – Eddie Robinson 46. “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.” – J. Askenberg 45. “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer Brett Favre “Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” – Brett Favre (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 44. “Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” – Brett Favre 43. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan 42. “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street 41. “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” – Lou Brock 40. “You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.” – Homer Rice Gordie Howe “You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave–win or lose.” – Gordie Howe (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 39. “You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave–win or lose.” – Gordie Howe 38. “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 37. “I didn’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game.” – Tom Landry 36. “If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” – Herschel Walker 35. “Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.” – Bobby Knight Carl Lewis “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 34. “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” – Ronnie Lott 33. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz 32. “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis 31. “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 30. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden Pat Riley “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 29. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley 28. “Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!” – Cameron Trammell 27. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary 26. “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti 25. “Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” – Ted Williams 24. “What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith Larry Bird “Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” – Larry Bird (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 23. “Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” – Larry Bird 22. “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath 21. “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps 20. “Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden 19. “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong 18. “Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.” – Phil Jackson 17. “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” – Joe Paterno 16. “Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.” – William A. Ward 15. “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” – Satchel Paige 14. “Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. ” – Venus Williams 13. “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth 12. “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” – Evander Holyfield Muhammad Ali “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 11. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali 10. “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 9. “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey 8. “It ain’t over till it’s over.” – Yogi Berra 7. “You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka 6. “Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” – Jim Valvano Michael Jordan “I’ve missed more than 9,000 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 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 5. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky 4. “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” – Wayne Gretzky 3. “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable 2. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 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 1. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi Hope you enjoyed these 100 inspirational quotes for athletes. Don’t forget to check out our list of inspirational quotes about staying strong and never giving up.