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Motivational Sports Quotes

Updated on December 11, 2013

Motivational Sports Quotes

This lens is designed to be a fresh collection of motivational/inspirational sports quotes, videos, books, etc. So many people are passionate about sports and so many soundbites come from our favorite athletes that I wanted to highlight many of those here.

Motivational Sports Quotes

"It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day."-- Willie Mays"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."-- Tommy Lasorda"Competing in sports has taught me that if I'm not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will."

-- Ron Blomberg

"Sports do not build character. They reveal it."-- John Wooden"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision."-- Muhammad Ali

One of My Favorites ....

"Sports don't matter in the grand scheme of things. But in the moment, when things are just right, they're the most important thing in the world. That's what makes them so great." -- David Poole

Any Given Sunday - Al Pacino's Speech

If this clip can't get you going, inspired, etc... I don't know what will ...

Motivational Sports Quotes #2

"A champion is someone who gets up when he can't."-- Jack Dempsey"To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will."-- Sugar Ray Robinson"Sweat plus sacrifice equals success"-- Charles Finley"The harder you work, the luckier you get."-- Gary Player"Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts."-- Dan Gable

Vince Lombardi Quotes

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.""The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.""It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up.""The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.""I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline... I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious."

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Steve Prefontaine Quotes

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift.""What I'm gonna try to do is work it out so that it's an all guts race at the end, and if it is, I'm the only one who can win.""Most people run a race to see who is fastest, I run a race to see who has the most guts.""A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more.""Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it.""You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.""What I want is to be number one."

Inspirational Movies w/ Great Quotes

Motivational Sports Quotes #3

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."-- Herschel Walker"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"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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."-- Aristotle"You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge."-- Damon Runyon

Motivational Sports Quotes #4

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club wont be worth a dime." -Babe Ruth

"Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records." - William A. Ward

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." -Coach Darrel Royal

"Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary." -Ray Knight

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." -Samuel Johnson

Motivational Sports Quotes #5

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

"I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one." - Isiah Thomas

"Good guys are a dime a dozen, but an aggressive leader is priceless." - Red Blaik

"Golf is a game that is played on a 5-inch course - the distance between your ears." - Bobby Jones

Quotes Suggested By Readers

"Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else." -- Chuck Noll

"A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals." - Larry Bird

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."

-- Tommy Lasorda

What is Your Favorite Sports Quote?

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    • tmadeira lm profile image

      tmadeira lm 

      4 years ago

      Nice compilation. Thanks for sharing!

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      TapIn2U 

      6 years ago

      When you compete in a sport, you need all the motivation that you can get. Love your compilation of sports motivational quotes. Here's my favorite: "Competing in sports has taught me that if I'm not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will." -Ron Blomberg. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Digory LM 

      6 years ago

      "It's not the will to win that matters as much as the will to prepare to win."

      Bobby Knight

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      a good afl player plays where the ball is but a great afl player plays where the ball is going to be

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      revenue4u 

      6 years ago

      Great lens, Squid liked. Nominated for Lens of the day.

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      kathysmith lm 

      7 years ago

      "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift." Steve Prefontaine

    • ryanstephens profile imageAUTHOR

      ryanstephens 

      7 years ago

      @youhavegottobekidding: cheer leader = prom queen

      Cage: My wife was the prom queen

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      Tobbie LM 

      9 years ago

      Great lens! 5* and a fav.

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      DAD1104 

      10 years ago

      Terrific lens.

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      youhavegottobekidding 

      10 years ago

      There is this Speech also that was said by Sean Connery to Nicolas Cage from the movie "The Rock"

      Nicolas: I'll try my Best

      Connery: You'll try your best?! losers tried there best, but the winners go home and f*$% the cheer leader.

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      Joan4 

      10 years ago

      Super lens! especially good for speech writing, as well as personal motivation! 5*FAV and lensrolled to Legally Blind and Plays Golf.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Great lens with great thoughts to ponder on..

      Thanks for the quotes..they are useful somehow in life coaching..

      5 great stars for you my friend..=)

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      richgerman 

      10 years ago

      "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."

      -- Aristotle

      i like this quote:) keep it up bro!

      5 stars!

      anyway do you believe in the law of attraction?

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      Justanothersquid 

      10 years ago

      I've always really liked this quote...

      "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."

      -- Tommy Lasorda

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Allan R. Wallace 

      10 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Here is my favorite: "A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals." - Larry Bird

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      Snow Bui 

      10 years ago

      Ryaannn. This quote was in Tony Dungy's Quiet Strength book. It reads: "Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else." Chuck Noll said that.

      Check out this lens I made a while ago. You might like it. Has quotes from athletes and stuff there. www.squidoo.com/projectAG

      great lens! a lot of people don't realize that it takes a lot of work to be a really good athlete.

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