Motivational Sports Quotes

A winning collection of sports quotes to motivate and inspire. If you're looking for quotes about sports, don't miss this series.

Besides physical training and preparation, one has to go through plenty of positive and inspirational mental training to push one to excel in sports.

Use these sports quotations to encourage yourself, your family members or friends in their sports training and competitions. Use them in your scrapbooks, cards and letters to cheer on someone.

Enjoy these sports quotes!




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

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

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

Competing in sports has taught me that if I'm not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.
-- Ron Blomberg

Develop the winning edge; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results.
-- Brian Tracy

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
-- Satchel Paige

Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.
-- Emile Coue

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
-- Will Rogers

Face each day with the expectation of achieving good, rather than the dread of falling short.
-- Shannon Miller

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
-- Lou Holtz

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.
-- Gale Sayers

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.
-- Billie Jean King

If at first you don't succeed, you are running about average.
-- M.H. Alderson

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat.
-- Herschel Walker

In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept destructive criticism. Without 100% dedication, you won't be able to do this.
-- Wilson Mizner

In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
-- Althea Gibson

It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
-- Seneca

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired you quit when the gorilla is tired.
-- Robert Strauss

It's never been easy. But I've always wanted to play hockey. I love hockey. I'd rather play hockey than do anything else. If you have that kind of desire, I think you can achieve what you want to achieve.
-- Manon Rheaume

I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.
-- Arnold Palmer

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

Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition - in having put forth the best within you.
-- Henry J. Kaiser

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
-- Hank Aaron

Mind is everything: muscle--pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind.
-- Paavo Nurmi

No matter how tough, no matter what kind of outside pressure, no matter how many bad breaks along the way, I must keep my sights on the final goal, to win, win, winâ€"and with more love and passion than the world has ever witnessed in any performance.
--Billie Jean King

No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
-- Harry Emerson Fosdick D. D

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
-- Sydney Smith

One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about it.
-- Tiger Woods

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

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.
-- Arthur Ashe

Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.
-- Lou Brock

The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.
-- Jean-Claude Killy

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
-- Ferdinand Foch

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
-- Joe Paterno

The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.
-- Dennis Waitley

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

To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
-- Tony Dorsett

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

When someone tells me there is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under my butt. My instant reaction is, 'I'm gonna prove you wrong.'
-- Picabo Street

When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important.
-- Bill Shoemaker

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
-- Bernadette Devlin

You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge.
-- Damon Runyon

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
-- Michael Phelps

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
-- Albert Einstein

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
-- Wayne Gretzky

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