Great inspirational quotes are those that help you work harder in order to achieve your goals.
“A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” ― Pat Riley
The joy of achieving the pinnacle of success, the despair of losing out on the gold medal or a world record by a fraction of a second―sports is indeed a field that is full of excitement. There are so many famous quotes that have captured various moments and emotions in sports.
These have been said by coaches, players, and a lot of people associated with sports. For many, sports may merely be a source of recreation, but for some people, it is a passion, or even a matter of life and death.
Good guys are a dime a dozen, but an aggressive leader is priceless.
― Red Blaik
In the end, the game comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win.
― Sam Huff
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
― Vince Lombardi
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
― Mike Singletary
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.
― Sydney Smith
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
The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.
― Vince Lombardi
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
Competing in sports has taught me that if I’m not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.
― Ron Blomberg
You can motivate players better with kind words than you can with a whip.
― Bud Wilkinson
You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.
― Arthur Ashe
Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.
― Babe Didrikson Zaharias
In sports, you simply aren’t considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
― Althea Gibson
Success is about having, excellence is about being. Success is about having money and fame, but excellence is being the best you can be.
― Mike Ditka
I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.
― Walter Payton
If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.
― Dick Vermeil
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
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
― Ferdinand Foch
In the 8th inning you can’t hear the roar of the 9th. All you can do to hold yourself together, and trust.
― Jim Abbott
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.
― Vince Lombardi
I celebrate a victory when I start walking off the field. By the time I get to the locker room, I’m done.
― Tom Osborne
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
― Billie Jean King
Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up.
― Bill Vaughn
On how to make the game more exciting – Eliminate the referees, raise the basket four feet, double the size of the basketball, limit the height of the players to 5 feet 9 inches, bring back the center jump, allow taxi drivers in for free and allow the players to carry guns.
― Al McGuire
Fans never fall asleep at our games because they’re afraid they might get hit with a pass.
― George Raveling
Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.
― Bill Shankly
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
I haven’t been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years. Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either.
― Dave Barry
Basketball is like photography, if you don’t focus, all you have is the negative.
― Dan Frisby
The game is too long, the season is too long and the players are too long.
― Jack Dolph (on basketball)
Even if you are on the right track… You’ll get run over if you just sit there!
― Will Rogers
So, whenever you feel down and out, just go through some motivational quotes for sports and feel your self-esteem soar through the roof!