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Winning Quotes

Updated on January 13, 2011

Winning Quotes and sayings

Here are some quotes about winning from those who have experienced victory and defeat. I hope, this collection of quotes will give you some good tips on winning; after all winning is one of the most important things in life. Please give your feedback by commenting.

Winning is about heart, not just legs. It's got to be in the right place.
Lance Armstrong (professional road racing cyclist)

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
Pat Riley (professional basketball player and coach)

Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.
Erwin Rommel (German field marshal, also known as Desert Fox)

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
Arthur Ashe (professional tennis player)

Losing feels worse than winning feels good.
Vin Scully (sportscaster)

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Joe Paterno (football coach)

Winning the peace is harder than winning the war.
Xavier Becerra

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Margaret Thatcher (ex British prime minister)

A Victory without danger is a triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille (famous seventeenth century French Dramatist)

It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
Blaise Pascal

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton (ex U.S. army officer)

Defeat has its lessons as well as victory.
Pat Buchanan

The most dangerous moment comes with victory.
Napoleon Bonaparte

First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.
Horatio Nelson

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 (famous professional basket ball player)

I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!
Woodrow T. Wilson

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel de Cervantes

He is senseless who would match himself against a stronger man; for he is deprived of victory and adds suffering to disgrace.
Hesiod (ancient Greek poet)

In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.
William McKinley

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Vince Lombardi (football coach)

Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything.
 Vince Lombardi

Some More Quotes about Winning

In war there is no substitute for victory.
Douglas MacArthur

Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.
Horatio Nelson

Play like you're positive on the victory, even though they're leading big now.
Knute Rockne (American football player/ coach)

Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.
Henry Ford (American general and field marshal)

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova (tennis player)

When you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
Winston Churchill

It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.
Vince Lombardi

Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before.
Bonnie Blair

Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.
Special Olympics Motto

If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
William Hazlitt (English writer)

No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.
Dwight Eisenhower

Winning isn't everything, but wanting it is.
Arnold Palmer (famous American golfer)

Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.
Winston Churchill

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.
William Penn

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
Vince Lombardi

Triumph is just try with a little umph added.
Unknown Author

He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.

The joy of winning is not as dramatic as the losses were, because I expected us to win.
Jack Youngblood (professional American football player)

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.
John Paul Jones (musician)

A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.
Chuck Noll

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.
Paul Bryant (football coach)

Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.
Bobby Knight

Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.
Norman Mailer (American author)

The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back.
Marcus Annaeus Seneca


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      7 years ago

      well said by Jordan "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. "

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      Haha! :D

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      8 years ago

      A born public speaker eh? So they tell me. :P

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      Qudsia! OMG!!! I am impressed. You are a born public speaker. I can see the skill in you. Love the wisdom behind your words.

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      8 years ago

      If I were to win every battle within the first attempt, what more would I live for?

      Copright © Qudsia Pervez

      You really live life when working towards winning. After you win you realise, "Huh... Now what should I do?"

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      Hey Seakay, this quote is so true and has a lot of meaning. One got to love it!

    • Seakay profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      Dear, dear Vince Lombardi! "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"

      LOVE IT!

    • Ultimate Hubber profile imageAUTHOR

      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      Hi Living!

      Yea, that one is a great quote, Penn chose the right words there. Glad to see your comment. :)

    • Living-n-Grace profile image


      8 years ago from Virginia, USA

      so fun, so inspiring! thanks for posting! my fav is: No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.

      William Penn

      thanks agaoin.



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