65 Motivational Sports Quotes

Are you a sportsperson? Get motivated by our sports quotes.
Read these motivational sports quotes to encourage you to keep going.


Motivational Sports Quotes

Sportspeople take their hobby or even profession seriously. There are all kinds of sports, individual and team sports, and each of them needs hard work and dedication if they want to succeed. 

If you need motivation, read these motivational sports quotes from different sportspeople that can help and encourage you to keep going. Use some of these quotes as mantras for yourself. Find your inner athlete and believe in yourself. You can do it!

"Winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else."
Vince Lombardior
"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
"I don’t count my situps. I only start counting once it starts hurting."
Muhammad Ali
"Winners never quit and quitters never win. Sports do not build character. They reveal it."
Heywood Broun
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard."
Tim Notke
"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
"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."
Derek Jeter
"If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail."
Mark Spitz
"Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
Michael Jordan
"Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement."
Matt Biondi
"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. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?"
Lance Armstrong
"When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important."
Bill Shoemaker
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
Michael Jordan
"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
"Worrying gets you nowhere. if you turn up worrying about how you're going to perform, yo've already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself."
Usain Bolt
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'."
Muhammed Ali
"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."
Vince Lombardi
"When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge."
Terry Bradshaw
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."
Vince Lombardi
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
Tommy Lasorda
"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning."
"What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time."
Don Zimmer
"If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it."
Ronnie Lott
"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
"Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period."
Lou Holtz
"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way."
Satchel Paige
"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get."
Michael Phelps
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
Wayne Gretzky
"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
"If you can’t outplay them, outwork them."
Ben Hogan
"Good is not good when better is expected."
Vin Scully
"Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up."
Dean Karnazes
"Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly."
Shaquille O’Neal
"What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose."
Andre Agassi
"I get nervous about performing 90% of the time. There’s always that little self-doubt, but I don’t let it get to me."
Torrie Wilson
"You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them."
Satchel Paige
"Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding."
Jim Valvano
"The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before."
Steve Young
"Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle."
Wilma Rudolph
"You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference."
Chris Evert
"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
"Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do."
John Wooden
"A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t."
Jack Dempsey
"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it."
Knute Rockne
"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
"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet."
Bobby Unser
"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you."
Arnold Palmer
"If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat."
Herschel Walker
"Champions keep playing until they get it right."
Billie Jean King
"It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe."
Muhammad Ali
"The most we can hope for is to create the best possible conditions for success, then let go of the outcome. The ride is a lot more fun that way."
Phil Jackson
"Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure."
Babe Zaharias
"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
"Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it."
Ted Williams
"I think the hard part is over. Now it’s time for us to play."
Kerri Walsh
"If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?"
Joe Namath
"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
"You're never a loser until you quit trying."
Mike Ditka
"Take your victories, whatever the may be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them."
Mia Hamm
"It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there."
Mia Hamm
"You take a crash, you get back up and next time you succeed and that's a great feeling."
Shaun White
"Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts."
Dan Gable
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
Muhammad Ali
"To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift."
Steve Prefontaine

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