Inspirational Sports Quotes
Sport can be inspirational, and sportsmen and women have provided some of the most memorable and meaningful quotes. Here is a collection; some are motivational, or funny, others are displays of sportsmanship, and many of them convey messages that go beyond sport, and apply to life in general.
Muhammed Ali - "To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are."
"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pele
"We had a good team on paper. Unfortunately, the game was played on grass." - Brian Clough
"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it." - George Halas
"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
"You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all."
- J. Askenberg
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up" - Vince Lombardi
“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.” - Ara Parseghian
"Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.” - Bobby Jones
"Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts, probably lost." - Martina Navratilova
"Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
"Losers quit when they're tired. Winners quit when they've won."
"Rome wasn't built in a day but I wasn't on that particular job." - Brian Clough
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six 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
"If I walked on water, my accusers would say it is because I can't swim." - Berti Vogts
"Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates." - Magic Johnson
"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
- Percy Cerutty
Gary Player - "The more I practice, the luckier I get."
"You're never a loser until you quit." - Mike Ditka
"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it" - Knute Rockne
"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
"Golf is a good walk spoiled" - Mark Twain
"Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding." - Jim Valvano
"Sportsmanship 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