From inspirational to the most sappy ones, from profound to the humorous ones, sports quotes have it all. These are the things quoted by famous sportsman that serve as words of wisdom, motivating and touching the lives of people across the world. Read on.
Something from the movies …
When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates…and the name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. Get that through your head. AGAIN!
― Herb Brooks, Miracle
They say, to learn the lesson of life, start playing a sport. Damn! That actually holds true. The budding of qualities like perseverance, hard work, a never-give-up attitude, winning, losing, falling down and getting up again, sportsmanship, dealing with success and more importantly with, failure―all are to be credited to sports. It’s no wonder that sports personalities always have some of the most inspiring things to tell us. These things turn into pearls of wisdom for not just sports fans, but for all of us, who’re looking for inspiration out there.
To play a game, it is important to be a good sportsman, and children learn the basics from adults they see around them. If adults and coaches serve as role models, this interaction will slowly make them realize that the real winners in sports are those who know how to persevere and behave with dignity, irrespective of whether they win or lose a game.
So many sports … so many athletes and coaches … so many breathtaking statements … they have put us in a dilemma to choose the best of sports quotes, but we’ve compiled some of these from their most euphoric speeches and interviews.
✤ In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept destructive criticism. Without 100 percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.
― Willie Mays
✤ I’ll let the racket do the talking.
― John McEnroe
✤ Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you’ll be sick.
― George Leonard
✤ The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.
― Jean Claude Killy
✤ The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.
― Ken Doherty
✤ Love is playing every game as if it’s your last.
― Michael Jordan
✤ When you’re a winner you’re always happy, but if you’re happy as a loser you’ll always be a loser.
― Mark Fidrych
✤ You don’t win the silver, you lose the gold
― Mean Jean Oakland
✤ Football doesn’t build character, it reveals character.
― Marv Levy
✤ If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?
― Vince Lombardi
✤ The only way I’d worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not on theirs.
― Tommy Lasorda
✤ We should not have to push you to work hard, you should work hard because you want to be a great player.
― Bobby Knight
✤ The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
✤ An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
― Emil Zatopek
✤ Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
― Tom Landry
✤ Champions keep playing until they get it right.
― Billie Jean King
✤ When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.
― Joe Fraziers
✤ If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.
― Bob Hope
✤ If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.
― Herschel Walker
✤ Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
― Dan Gable
✤ Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.
― Martina Navratilova
✤ In the end, the game comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win.
― Sam Huff
✤ Sport is a preserver of health.
✤ The more I practice, the luckier I get.
― Jerry Barber
✤ When you’re playing for the national championship, it’s not a matter of life or death. Its more important than that.
― Duffy Daugherty
And the best of the best …
✤ 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