Most Inspirational Sports Quotes I Wish I Had Read

Are you looking for Sports quotes? If yes, you have come to the right place.

Here are the best inspirational quotes about sports!

For athletes to perform at their best during both practice and competition, they need motivation and constant reminders. Why?

Since it is so easy to relax, fall off, and fall back. Even when you enjoy your job!

Athletes require extreme work ethic, but as we all know, a few words can go a long way in life.

Sports stars and athletes often mentioned as master motivators were also successful athletes. In order to reach the highest levels of performance, these athletes motivated their team to surpass all previous limits.

Most of the time, the team listens and responds! Jordan! Kobe! Wayne! These are just a few master motivators.

To inspire athletes of all ages to be the best they can be, on and off the court/field/gym, we found the best inspirational sports quotes on the web.

These motivational quotes for athletes will inspire you!

Sports Quotes

Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.

Pat Tyson


Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.

Ross Perot


You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.

Larry Brown


“There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter


Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.

Ted Williams



One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.

Knute Rockne


The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.

Ken Doherty


An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.

Emil Zatopek


Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.

Mia Hamm


“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”

– Terry Bradshaw


Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.

Doug Williams


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


Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

Marv Levy


I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.

Tom Landry


Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.

Laird Hamilton


“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”

– Bo Jackson


I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.

Sandy Koufax


The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.

Ernie Banks


When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.

Bill Shoemaker


Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee


“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”

– Frank L. Gaines


I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.

Bruce Jenner


A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.

Mary Lou Retton


If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.

Ben Hogan


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


You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.

Herb Brooks


“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.”

– Don Zimmer


If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.

Mark Spitz


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


Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

Matt Biondi


Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.

George F. Will



The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.



It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.

Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa


Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.

Brett Favre


One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”

– George Halas


Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.

Cal Ripken Jr.


You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.

Chris Evert


When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.

Paul Brown


The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.

Eddie Reese


The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.

Arnold Schwarzenegger


“When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.”

– Joe Frazier


During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.

Mickey Mantle


I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me peace of mind.

Peyton Manning


Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.

Eddie Robinson


You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.



Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

Arnold Palmer


The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.

Steve Young


“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

– John Madden


You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.

Arthur Ashe


What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.

Andre Agassi


“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan


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


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

Lou Brock


Good is not good when better is expected.

Vin Scully


The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.

Tommy Lasorda


Champions keep playing until they get it right.

Billie Jean King


I didn’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game.

Tom Landry


Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.

Bobby Knight


If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.

Ronnie Lott


If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.

Carl Lewis


“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”

– Lou Holtz



If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?

Joe Namath


You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.

Michael Phelps


Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden


“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


Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

Phil Jackson


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

Joe Paterno


Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.

William A. Ward


Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Michael Jordan


Make each day your masterpiece.

John Wooden


Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

Pat Riley


Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.

Larry Bird


Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.

Satchel Paige


Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.

Venus Williams


A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.

Jack Dempsey


It ain’t over till it’s over.

Yogi Berra


You’re only as strong as your weakest link.

Phil Jackson



“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”

– Mike Ditka


Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.

Jim Valvano


You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

Wayne Gretzky


The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.

Wayne Gretzky


Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!

Cameron Trammell


Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.

Mike Singletary


If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.

Mario Andretti


“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”

– Ted Williams


What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.

Dean Smith


“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”

– Babe Ruth


It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.

Evander Holyfield


I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’

Muhammad Ali


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


Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

Dan Gable


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


“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”

– Vince Lombardi


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