Sport Quotes

From famous People

Many great athletes, coaches and journalists have produced many great sport quotes. Some of them being inspirational, some are merely stating facts or presenting insight to the world of professional sport.
Famous quotes from venerable personalities like Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (to name also a woman) are shedding some light on their life and experiences. These words of wisdom and passion might inspire others to reach their goals.
Physical exercise and tactical preparation is by far not everything which is needed to excel in your chosen sport discipline. Plenty praise and positive encouragement is needed, to keep you reaching out for the stars. Some of these sport quotes are a bit feisty; but that is maybe a help to get the slobs moved. These sport quotes are intendent to get you into action. They hopefully invigorate you, tease you, galvanize you, inspire you or even rebuke you. Whatever your reaction is, this list is meant to motivate and incite you for your future deeds

Best 50 Sport Quotes

A List

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
Joe Namath — * 1943, American football quarterback (Hall of Fame) and actor

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
Andre Agassi — * 1970, American tennis player

The Six W's: Work will win, when wishing won't.
Todd Blackledge — * 1961, American football quarterback

To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
Picabo Street — * 1971, American World Cup alpine ski racer

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Frank Gaines — * 1990, American basketball player

In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.
Tommy Lasorda — * 1927, Major League baseball player and sports manager

Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!
Unknown Author —

Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee — * 1962, American retired track and field athlete (won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals at four different Olympic Games)

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Wayne Gretzky — * 1991, Canadian ice hockey player and head coach

A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.
Mary Lou Retton — * 1968, retired American gymnast

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
John Wooden — * 1910 – † 2010, American basketball player and coach (nickname the "Wizard of Westwood")

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.
Knute Rockne — * 1888 – † 1931, Norwegian-American football player and coach

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.
Muhammad Ali — * 1942, American professional boxe (longtime Heavyweight Champion)

It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.
Paul “Bear” Bryant — * 1913 – † 1983, American college football player and coach

Losers quit when they're tired. Winners quit when they've won
Unknown Author —

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.
Laird Hamilton — * 1964, American big-wave surfer

Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.
Lance Armstrong — * 1971, American road racing cyclist (won the Tour de France seven times from 1999 to 2005, and was stripped of the victories after a doping scandal in 2012)

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Rogers Hornsby — * 1896 – † 1963, American baseball player, manager and coach

Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
Johnny Barend — * 1929 – † 2011, American professional wrestler (and of course, the statement should be taken with a grain of salt)

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.
Tommy Lasorda — * 1927, Major League baseball player and sports manager

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.
Gordie Howe — * 1928, Canadian retired ice hockey player

If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.
Mark Spitz — * 1950, American swimmer, nine Olympic gold medals

When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.
Paul Brown — * 1908 – † 1991, American football coach and executive in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National Football League (NFL)

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.
Eddie Robinson — * 1919 – † 2007, American football coach

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.
Bobby Unser — * 1934, American automobile racer

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Heywood Broun — * 1888 – † 1939, American newspaper columnist and sportswriter

Don't force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It's the child's desire to play that matters, not the parent's desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.
Tiger Woods — * 1975, American world class golfer

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
Wayne Gretzky — * 1991, Canadian ice hockey player and head coach

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
George Orwell — * 1903 – † 1950, English novelist, essayist and journalist (most successful titles: Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four)

You can't win unless you learn how to lose.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — * 1947, American basketball player

It's okay if you try and fail, but it's not okay if you fail to try
Unknown Author —

If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.
Mario Andretti — * 1940, Italian American world champion racing driver

What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
Dean Smith — * 1931 – † 2015, American basketball coach

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Joe Paterno — * 1926 – † 2012, American football player and coach

There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.
Pat Riley — * 1945, American basketball executive, former coach and player

I’ve missed more than 9,000 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 — * 1963, American professional basketball

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
Vince Lombardi — * 1913 – † 1970, American football player, coach and executive

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.
Tiger Woods — * 1975, American world class golfer

It ain’t over till it’s over.
Yogi Berra — * 1925 – † 2015, American baseball catcher, manager and coach

Live Long and Prosper!