155 Athlete Quotes That Will Motivate You

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1. “Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” – Frank L. Gaines

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2. “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali

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3. “Today, you have 100% of your life left.” – Tom Landry

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4. “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” – Mary Lou Retton

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5. “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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6. “The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks

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7. “I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.” – Bruce Jenner

8. “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

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9. “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” – Knute Rockne

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10. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

11. “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” – Evander Holyfield

12. “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

13. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele

14. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito

15. “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.” – Billy Bowerman

16. “An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” – Emil Zatopek

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

18. “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

19. “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” – Herb Brooks

20. “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” – Bobby Knight

21. “I don’t plan on being disappointed. We plan on being really good, and obviously, we plan on winning.” – Gregg Troy

22. “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.” – Billie Jean King

23. “If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!” – Charles Barkley

24. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice

25. “You might not be able to outthink, out market or outspend your competition, but you can outwork them.” – Lou Holtz 

26. “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

27. “What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith

28. “I’ve failed over & over & over again in my life & that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

29. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West

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30. “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” – Larry Bird

31. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”  “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” – Babe Ruth

32. “Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

33. “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

34. “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

35. “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky

36. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi

37. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden

38. “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

39. “What keeps me going is not winning, but the quest for reaching potential in myself as a coach and my kids as divers. It’s the pursuit of excellence.” – Ron O’Brien

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

41. “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” – Wayne Gretzky

42. “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William A. Ward

43. “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

44. “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

45. “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” – Pat Riley

46. “If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.” – Jack Lemmon

47. “Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” – Casey Stengel

48. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

49. “When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.” – Bill Shoemaker

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50. “Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

51. “In the end, the game comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win.” – Sam Huff

52. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary

53. “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” – Knute Rockne

54. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” – Vince Lombardi

55. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

56. “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young

57. “There are certain basic qualities and characteristics you’ve got to have. Number one: you’ve got to have a will to win.” – Bob Richards

58. “Show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.” – Knute Rockne

59. “Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything that comes in second.” – Paul Bryant

60. “Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush. Be quick, but don’t hurry.” – Earl Monroe

61. “Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much.” – Steve Nash

62. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

63. “I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.” – Yogi Berra

64. “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” – Muhammad Ali

65. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden

66. “Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.” – Bobby Jones

67. “You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

68. “An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” – Emil Zatopek

69. “At a young age winning is not the most important thing… the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence.” – Arsene Wenger

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70. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke

71. “Passion first and everything will fall into place.” – Holly Holm

72. “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

73. “I don’t have to wait for nobody, I move when I wanna move.” – Floyd Mayweather

74. “Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” – Brett Favre

75. “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” – Lou Brock

76. “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

77. “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

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78. “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

79. “If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” – Herschel Walker

80. “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” – Ronnie Lott

81. “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis

82. “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

83. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz

84. “Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” – Ted Williams

85. “Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” – Larry Bird

86. “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” – Joe Paterno

87. “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” – Satchel Paige

88. “You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

89. “I’ve never lost a game. I just ran out of time.” – Michael Jordan

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90. “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” – Jim Valvano

91. “Winning solves everything.” – Tiger Woods

92. “Life is gonna throw you curve balls and it’s how you deal with them and your attitude and your work ethic.” – Kerri Strug

93. “So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach.” – Michael Phelps

94. “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” – Vin Scully

95. “You’ll score a lot of goals in your career but not one of them will happen without the help of a teammate.” – Abby Wambach

96. “It ain’t over till it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

97. “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer

98. “Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.” – Billie Jean King

99. “Some may have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone working harder than you do.” – John Tavares

100. “No matter how much you’ve won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you’re not winning now, so you stink.” – Bill Parcells

101. “To me the beauty of teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” – Coach Mike Krzyzewski

102. “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.” – George Steinbrenner

103. “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” – Wayne Gretzky

104. “When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.” – Paul Brown

105. “Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.” – Vince Lombardi

106. “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath

107. “What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” – Andre Agassi

108. “Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.” – Tommy Lasorda

109. “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph

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110. “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm

111. “I am no genius; I just worked hard like my other teammates, and I believe all my teammates can win the title as they work hard, too.” – Lin Dan

112. “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra

113. “Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.” – Usain Bolt

114. “I mean, it’s not important what kind of pants you were; it’s how you wear them.” – Ronnie Lott

115. “I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.” – Serena Williams

116. “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe

117. “I wouldn’t let the boys down, no way. If my arm came off I’d still play.” – Jack Bird

118. “I would have thought that the knowledge that you are going to be leapt upon by half-a-dozen congratulatory, but sweaty team-mates would be inducement not to score a goal.” – Arthur Marshall

119. “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

120. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi

121. “You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place.” – James Lane Allen

122. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

123. “Goals prepare Olympic athletes physically and mentally. Did you know that goals are used by sports psychologists in order to help athletes improve their performance?” – Paul Bailey

124. “Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

125. “In sports, players need to be reminded of their competition to become motivated to practice. The same can be applied in business.” – Gavin McGinnis

126. “Everybody’s got plans… until they get hit.” – Mike Tyson

127. “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

128. “Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.” – Vince Lombardo

129. “Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.” – Rocky Balboa

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130. “At one point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t.” – Andy Roddick

131. “It never gets easier. You just get better.” – Jordan Hoechlin

132. “Winners never quit and quitters never win. Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” – Heywood Broun

133. “It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort.” – Jillian Michaels

134. “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

135. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

136. “It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul Bryant

137. “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” – John Wooden

138. “The best motivation always comes from within.” – Michael Johnson

139. “The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.” – Knute Rockne

140. “To succeed…You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett

141. “You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.” – Bobby Knight

142. “Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Dan Reeves

143. “The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.” – Jackie Joyner Kersee

144. “Don’t tell me how rocky the sea is, just bring the ship in.” – Lou Holtz

145. “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth

146. “Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.” – Phil Jackson

147. “Soccer forces life to move on. There’s always a new match. A new season. There’s always a dream that everything can get better. It’s a game of wonders.” – Fredrik Backman

148. “Never underestimate the heart of a champion!” – Doc Rivers

149. “If you don’t fall, how are you going to know what getting up feels like?” – Stephen Curry

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150. “We old athletes carry the disfigurements and markings of contests remembered only by us and no one else. Nothing is more lost than a forgotten game.” – Pat Conroy

151. “Winning is a habit leadership is calmly maintaining that habit against all odds.” – Amit Ray

152. “Losing teaches you how to win, winning teaches you how not to lose.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

153. “You will never get the best out of anyone professionally unless you understand what motivates and makes them tick personally as a human being.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

154. “Nothing else will show your true character than how you lose.” – Ken Gleed

155. “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser

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