Inspirational Sports Quotes that Motivate Excellence in Athletics

Inspirational sports quotes speak to our great love of sports. As a people, we look up to athletes because we admire the physical and mental toughness it takes to be at the top of our game. The athlete represents all we aspire to in life. Being an athlete requires discipline, drive and the determination to realize a dream. We should all live life with such boldness.

Use these quotations to motivate your own greatness, whether you're a weekend warrior or an Olympian in training. If you have a favorite motivation saying to contribute, use the Contact Us link to the left.

It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.

~Hank Aaron

The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.

~Jean-Claude Killy

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

~George Halas

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear.

~Mark Twain

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~Archie Griffen

Inspirational Sports Quotes

When you're are playing for the national championship, it's not a matter of life or death. It's more important than that.

~Duffy Daugherty

The greatest efforts in sports came when the mind is as still as a glass lake.

~Timothy Gallwey


It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired - you quit when the gorilla is tired.

~Robert Strauss

The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost.

~George Shultz


The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.

~Dennis Waitley

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

~John Wooden

I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didnt have a chance to win.

~Arnold Palmer

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

Inspirational Sports Quotes

You can't win unless you learn how to lose.

~Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.

~Ray Knight



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