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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #52 --- The Game of Life

Updated on April 3, 2011

Quotations on the Game of Life

The game of life is often won by a sacrifice hit.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1942.

The game of life is most enjoyable to those who make some effort to qualify for the finals.

—Robert Quillen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 18, 1924.

If you want to get the most out of the game of life, make it a participation sport, not a spectator sport.

—John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 17, 1953.

In the game of life, the same rules apply as in all other games; just press up close to your purpose until it becomes a reality.

—R.B. Moore, San Antonio Register, San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 30, 1932.

In the game of life it is so much finer to excel nobly than to beat the other fellow.

—R.B. Moore, San Antonio Register, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 7, 1931.

Life is a steeplechase. To win you must clear the hurdles clean.

—B.C. Forbes, Forbes Magazine, New York, N.Y., May 15, 1926.

In the game of life they don’t ask you where you came from but where you are going and how fast you can make it.

—Al Warden, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, June 3, 1924.

Trying to even up an old score is no way to play the game of life.

—Carey Williams, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, Jan. 16, 1962.

"Play the ball–don't let the ball play you"–is a maxim that goes for the game of life as well as the game of baseball.

—Grantland Rice, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., Feb. 7, 1915.

You'll never make a score in life if you never get to first base.

—John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28, 1954.

Many a man in the game of life watches the grandstand so close he never sees the ball.

—Edwin E. Naugle, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., May 16, 1922.

An opportunity is like a long high fly. You must judge it correctly and, having done that, you must grab it and hold on to it. Once it slips through your hands you will never have another whack at it.

—Hans Roger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 1910.

In life as in baseball you will find that teamwork is a great aid to victory. Don't despise a fellow worker because he has a low batting average. He may find the ball some day and bring you in with the winning run. —Hans Roger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 1910.

Let your effort increase as your chance decreases. The time to swing hard–if the ball comes over the plate–is when the umpire has called three balls and two strikes.

—Hans Roger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., April 29, 1910.

The call of duty in life often requires us to make a sacrifice hit which puts us down and out but makes things rosier for the rest of humanity.

—Hans Roger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 1910.

The man who makes a hit often advances some other fellow but doesn't score himself.

—Hans Roger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 1910.

Many a man thinks he has “arrived” when he has merely landed on first.

—Hans Roger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 1910.

We often think we are going to do great things and then we only knock out a measly little pop fly.

—Hans Roger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 1910.

A lot of people in the game of life would rather be walked than face the pitcher.

—Edwin E. Naugle, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., May 17, 1922.

Triumph without overcoming obstacles is as satisfactory as winning a game by forfeit.

—John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 8, 1955.

One can't bluff his way through the game of life. Sooner or later someone will call the bluff.

—Carey Williams, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, May 21, 1964.

In the game of life there are no seats on the 50-yard line.

—Carey Williams, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, Feb. 2, 1963.

Some people play the game of life as though it was solitaire.

New York Times, New York, N.Y., Oct. 20, 1912.

In the game of life, the man to watch closest is yourself.

Madisonville Democrat, Madisonville, Tenn., Nov. 28, 1957.

Remember, you can't expect to win the game of life today with hits you made yesterday.

Hamilton County Herald, Chattanooga, Tenn., April 17, 1959.

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