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Quotes by Pro Athletes

Updated on July 31, 2018


Sports are a big part of society today as they have been for decades. Whether you are an avid sports fan or not, it's almost impossible to not become familiar with at least a few of the ones that stand out the most, whether it be famous of infamous....

When searching for a great quote for your daily inspiration, do you often find yourself reading through a lot of meaningless quotes, or those that simply don't make any sense?

Search no more and enjoy only the best true quotes by famous athletes, without sifting through all the ones you really feel like hold very little or no meanings with Quotes by Famous Athletes.

Yogi Berra

~ It ain't over till it's over. ~

~ It gets late early out there. ~

~ It's like deja vu, all over again. ~

~ It ain't the heat, it's the humility. ~

~ The future ain't what it used to be. ~

~ Never answer an anonymous letter. ~

~ A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore. ~

~ I never said most of the things I said. ~

~ You can observe a lot by just watching. ~

~ If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be. ~

~ If you come to a fork in the road, take it. ~

~ Half the lies they tell about me aren't true. ~

~ Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded. ~

~ Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked. ~

~ He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious. ~

~ I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early. ~

~ It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future. ~

~ I always thought that record would stand until it was broken. ~

~ If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer. ~

~ Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical. ~

~ I ain't the ulcer type, but I'm always worrying about something. ~

~ The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase. ~

~ Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours. ~

~ If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. ~

~ You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there. ~

Various Baseball Greats

~ Whatever you do, don't do it halfway. ~ Bob Beamon

~ What was the name of that dog on 'Rin Tin Tin'? ~ Mickey Rivers

~ You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation. ~ Roger Maris

~ Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. ~ Bobby Unser

~ He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie. ~ Mickey Mantle

~ It's like obituaries, when you die they finally give you good reviews. ~ Roger Maris

~ Baseball is like driving, it's the one who gets home safely that counts. ~ Tommy Lasorda

~ Nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second. ~ Bobby Unser

~ If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself. ~ Mickey Mantle

~ The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination. ~ Tommy Lasorda

~ About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure. ~ Tommy Lasorda

~ A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide. ~ Mickey Mantle

Arthur Ashe

~ Do not feel sorry for me if I am gone. ~

~ I have always drawn strength from being close to home. ~

~ Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~

~ The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight. ~

~ A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions. ~

~ Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time. ~

~ From what we get, we can make a living; what we give; however, makes a life. ~

~ Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. ~

~ One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation. ~

~ Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance. ~

~ I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But, I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full. ~

~ True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. ~

Martina Navratilova

~ Just go out there and do what you have to do. ~

~ I think the key is for women not to set any limits. ~

~ It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.~

~ You can't live in the past, there's nothing you can do about it. ~

~ Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts," probably lost. ~

~ The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst. ~

~ The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed. ~

Various Tennis Greats

~ I hate to lose more than I love to win. ~ Jimmy Connors

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

~ No one changes the world who isn't obsessed. ~ Billie Jean King

~ Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people. ~ John McEnroe

~ A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. ~ Billie Jean King

~ Dreams do come true if you keep believing in yourself. Anything is possible. ~ Jennifer Capriati

~ What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose. ~ Andre Agassi

Michael Jordan

~ I've never been afraid to fail.~

~ I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying. ~

~ Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation. ~

~ You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. ~

~ I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. ~

~ Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. ~

Various Basketball Greats

~ Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. ~ Phil Jackson

~ I gave it my body and mind, but I have kept my soul. ~ Phil Jackson

~ You can't win unless you learn how to lose. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

~ Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart. ~ Phil Jackson

~ Your mind is what makes everything else work. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

~ Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better. ~ Bill Bradley

~ Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. ~ Bill Bradley

~ A lot of people understand what not saying anything means, so, in effect, not saying anything is really saying a lot. ~ Bill Walton

Mike Ditka

~ You're never a loser until you quit trying. ~

~ Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal. ~

~ Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy. ~

~ If you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done. ~

~ What's the difference between a 3-week-old puppy and a sportswriter? In 6 weeks, the puppy will stop whining. ~

My Team...Go Packers!
My Team...Go Packers!

Various Football Greats

~ Confidence is a very fragile thing. ~ Joe Montana

~ There's a big difference between confidence and conceit. ~ John Unitas

~ Yes, risk taking is inherently failure prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure thing taking. ~ Jim McMahon

Jesse Owens

~ One chance is all you need.~

~ Life doesn't give you all the practice races you need. ~

~ The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness. ~

~ Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it. ~

~ Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust. ~

~ We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self discipline, and effort. ~

~ The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself; the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us.. that's where it's at. ~

Wilma Rudolph

~ The triumph can't be had without the struggle. ~

~ I believe in me more than anything in this world. ~

~ No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you. ~

~ Sometimes it takes years to really grasp what has happened to your life. ~

~ It doesn't matter what you're trying to accomplish. It's all a matter of discipline. ~

~ My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother. ~

Arnold Palmer

~ You must play boldly to win.~

~ When my airplane goes, I'm flying it. ~

~ It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get. ~

~ Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you. ~

~ I'm getting to the point where I'm going to just sort of fade away. ~

~ It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily. ~

~ I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either. ~

~ I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser. ~

~ The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done. ~

Lee Trevino

~ A hungry dog hunts best. ~

~ The older I get the better I used to be. ~

~ His nerve, his memory, and I can't remember the third thing.~

~ When it comes to the game of life, I figure I've played the whole course. ~

~ Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don't have a dime in your pocket. ~

~ My wife doesn't care what I do when I'm away, as long as I don't have a good time. ~

~ In case of a thunderstorm, stand in the middle of the fairway and hold up a one iron. Not even God can hit a one iron. ~

~ My divorce came to me as a complete surprise. That's what happens when you haven't been home in eighteen years. ~

Various Golf Greats

~ Only fools live in the past or carry envy to the present. ~ Chi Chi Rodriguez

~ I'm getting so old, I don't even buy green bananas anymore. ~ Chi Chi Rodriguez

~ If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. ~ Tom Watson

~ When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income. ~ Chi Chi Rodriguez

~ As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. ~ Ben Hogan

~ Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice. ~ Tom Watson

Lance Armstrong

~ Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. ~

~ The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy. ~

~ If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on. ~

~ You have to live with the crashes, and hope you don't get into one. ~

~ Winning is about heart, not just legs. It's got to be in the right place. ~

Muhammad Ali

~ Life is a gamble. ~

~ Truth brings peace of mind.~

~ My toughest fight was with my first wife. ~

~ Love is a net that catches hearts like a fish. ~

~ The man who has no imagination has no wings. ~

~ No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room. ~

~ Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer. ~

~ Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~

~ Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are. ~

~ He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~

~ It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. ~

~ A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ~

Various Boxing Greats

~ Life doesn't run away from nobody. Life runs at people. ~ Joe Frazier

~ It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters. ~ Evander Holyfield

~ Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities. ~ Sugar Ray Leonard


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    • Deep Metaphysical profile image

      Deep Biswas 

      8 years ago from India

      "The man who has no imagination has no wings." - was this man a boxer or a poet? Simply brilliant this man Ali.

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      What a creative hub idea. These sayings are worth keeping and of course looking it. I am going to bookmark this hub and enjoy these sayings frequently. Keep up the good writing and your unique ideas.


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