Sports Motivational Quotes

A collection of our favorite motivational quotes from the worlds leading sportsmen, coaches and foremost thinkers!

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone."
- Percy Cerutty

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

- John Wooden (basketball coach)

"If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price."

- Bud Wilkinson (american football player / coach)


“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 (tennis player)

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

- Robert the Bruce


"Spirit; has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle."
- Unknown


"A good beginning makes a good end."
- English Proverb


"Bad excuses are worse than none."
- Thomas Fuller


"Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts."
- George F Tilton


“When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up.”

- Winston Churchill


“Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.”

- Wilt Chamberlain

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

- Tim Duncan

“Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.”

- John Wooden (basketball coach)

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

- Napoleon (little guy, big plans)

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
- Herschel Walker


"If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win."
- Carl Lewis (athlete)

“We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”

- Vince Lombardi

"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
- Babe Ruth (baseball player)

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
- Beverly Sills (opera star)


“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

- Muhammad Ali (boxer)

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

- Emil Zatopek

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.”

- Ella Fitzgerald


“Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit.”

- Unknown

"The pain of disipline is far less than the pain of regret"
- Sarah Bombell (synchronised swimmer)


“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”

- Tommy Lasorda

"You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all."
- J. Askenberg

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
- T.S. Eliot (Poet)

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."
- Japanese proverb

"To begin, begin."
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga

“If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.”

- Dick Vermeil

"Restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure."
- Thomas Alva Edison

"Inspiration cannot be willed, though it can be wooed."
- Anthony Storr

"Nothing will work unless you do."
- John Wooden (basketball coach)

"Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible."
- Frank L. Gaines


"Sweet is Pleasure after Pain"
- Dirigo Rowing


"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible then they seem improbable and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."

- Christopher Reeve (Superman!)

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