The 40 Most Inspirational Quotes from Athletes


40. "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

39. "If you can't outplay them, outwork them." Ben Hogan

38. "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up." Vince Lombardi

37. "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

36. "There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you." Derek Jeter

35. "If you have everything under control, you're not moving fast enough." Mario Andretti

34. "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

33. "The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." Pele

32. "Without self-discipline, success is impossible. Period." Lou Holtz

31. "Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

30. "I've never known anybody to achieve anything without overcoming adversity." Lou Holtz

29. "The more I practice, the luckier I get." Gary Player

28. "They are who they thought they were." Dennis Green

27. "If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail." Mark Spitz

26. "You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." Michael Jordan

25. "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." Mike Tyson

24. "It's not bragging if you can back it up." Muhammad Ali

23. "Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is." Vince Lombardi

22. "When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge." Terry Bradshaw

21. "Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second." William James

20. "Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play." Mike Singletary

19. "Nobody who gave his best ever regretted it." George Halas

18. "If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?" Joe Namath

17. "It ain't over 'til it's over." Yogi Berra

16. "Success is where preparation and opportunity meet." Bobby Unser

15. "You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get." Michael Phelps

14. "Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games." Babe Ruth

13. "I used to think that losing made you more hungry and determined but after my success as the Olympics and the U.S. Open I realize that winning is the best motivation." Andy Murray

12. "I never did say that you can't be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I'd trip her up." Leo Durocher

11. "Sports do not build character. They reveal it." Heywood Broun

10. "Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records." William Arthur Ward

9. "That's one thing you learn in sports. You don't give up; you fight to the finish." Louis Zamperini

8. "I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible." Michael Phelps

7. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." Muhammad Ali

6. "A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever." Mary Lou Retton

5. "Champions keep playing until they get it right." Billie Jean King

4. "It's not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters." Evander Holyfield

3. "Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." Arnold Palmer

2. "There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between." Pat Riley

1. "A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning." Pat Riley

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