60 Most Inspirational & Motivational Sports Quotes in History

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Here are the top 60 most motivational sports quotes in history:

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

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

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

4. “Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.” – Pat Tyson

5. “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” – Ross Perot

6. “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

7. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

8. “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” – Ted Williams

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

10. “The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” – Ken Doherty

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

12. “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.” – Mia Hamm

13. “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw

14. “Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” – Doug Williams

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

16. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Marv Levy

17. “I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry

18. “Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” – Laird Hamilton

19. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson

20. “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

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21. “If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan

22. “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

23. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James

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

25. “If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.” – M.H. Alderson

26. “Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Liane Cardes

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27. “Good is not good when better is expected.” – Vin Scully

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

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

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

31. “What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.” – Don Zimmer

32. “If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz

33.“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” – Lou Holtz

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

35. “Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” – George F. Will

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

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37. “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” – John Madden

38. “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

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

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

41. “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. ” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

42. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas

43. “Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.” – Cal Ripken Jr.

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44. “You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.” – Chris Evert

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

46. “The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.” – Eddie Reese

47. “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

48. “When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.” – Joe Frazier

49. “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.” – Mickey Mantle

50. “I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.” – Peyton Manning

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51. “Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.” – Eddie Robinson

52. “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.” – J. Askenberg

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

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

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

56. “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

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

58. “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

59. “You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave–win or lose.” – Gordie Howe

60. “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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