Michael Jeffery Jordan also known as MJ is an American former professional basketball player. He played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. His biography on the official NBA website states: “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” He is currently the principal owner and chairman of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. Michael Jordan quotes will help you get started in following your dreams. EliteColumn brings top 55 Michael Jordan quotes.

55 Inspirational Michael Jordan Quotes

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1. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

2. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!” – Michael Jordan

3. “Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” – Michael Jordan

4. “To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” – Michael Jordan

5. “Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.” – Michael Jordan

6. “Make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

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7. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

8. “Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.” – Michael Jordan

9. “The key to success is failure.” – Michael Jordan

10. “Learning’s a gift, even when pain is your teacher.” – Michael Jordan

11. “Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ball park.” – Michael Jordan

12. “I play to win, whether during practice or a real game.” – Michael Jordan

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13. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan

14. “If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” – Michael Jordan

15. “Every time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again.” – Michael Jordan

16. “The best come from the worst.” – Michael Jordan

17. “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… When you think about the consequences you will always think of the negative result.” – Michael Jordan

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

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

20. “I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.” – Michael Jordan

21. “My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.” – Michael Jordan

22. “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.” – Michael Jordan

23. “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder the next time.” – Michael Jordan

24. “If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say I was afraid to try.” – Michael Jordan

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25. “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” – Michael Jordan

26. “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

27. “I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it.” – Michael Jordan

28. “Heart is what separates the good from the great.” – Michael Jordan

29. “I own the guy guarding me.” – Michael Jordan

30. “The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.” – Michael Jordan

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31. “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” – Michael Jordan

32. “There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, & I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.” – Michael Jordan

33. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan

34. “You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.” – Michael Jordan

35. “I mean we all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.” – Michael Jordan

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36. “There is no ‘I’ in team but there is in win. – Michael Jordan

37. “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

38. “When I will lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.” – Michael Jordan

39. “I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and perseverance with a positive attitude.” Michael Jordan

40. “My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” – Michael Jordan

41. “Live the moment for the moment.” – Michael Jordan

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

43. “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan

44. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan

45. “Best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.” – Michael Jordan

46. “Winning isn’t always championships.” – Michael Jordan 

47. “Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.” – Michael Jordan

48. “I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.” – Michael Jordan

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49. “One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

50. “Enjoy every minute of life. Never second-guess life.” – Michael Jordan 

51. “I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.” – Michael Jordan

52. “If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid.” – Michael Jordan

53. “Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have.” – Michael Jordan

54. “My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said you never know what you can accomplish until you try.” – Michael Jordan

55. “I want to be the bridge to the next generation.” – Michael Jordan

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