30 Inspirational Sports Quotes
Need a boost of motivation? Want to learn winning tips from the best?
Check out these wise words from some of the world’s top athletes on the subjects of teamwork, training, tenacity, failure, sportsmanship, fear and more. These hard-working athletes have seen it all, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Their insights can empower a player’s game and inspire their outlook on sports and life in general.
Let’s get started with our Top 30 Inspirational Sports Quotes.
- Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.
- What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
- 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.
- You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.
- Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.
- Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.
- The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
- Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.
- Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.
- For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.
- I’m not the next anyone, I’m the first Maria Sharapova.
- One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
- Team spirit means you are willing to sacrifice personal considerations for the welfare of all. That defines a team player.
- It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.
- Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.
- The more I practice, the luckier I get.
- Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.
- Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
- Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.
- 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.
- If I ever get bored with golf, I’m going to start over and play left-handed.
- You’re never a loser until you quit trying.
- Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I’m going to complete every pass.
- Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.
We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
- The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
- The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
- Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
- It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
- Find a mentor and be a mentor. Give back. And when people tell you not to believe in your dreams, and they say ‘Why?’, say ‘Why not?’
- 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.
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