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Inspirational Athletic Quotes

This page is a collection of inspirational athletic quotes.

Keep yourself motivated or get inspired to go for your best as an athlete. We can all use a little motivation from time to time. Allow the athletes and coaches below to share some wisdom with you. Enjoy this page of inspirational athletic quotes.

Do you believe you're a starter or a benchwarmer?
Do you believe you're an all-star or an also-ran?
If the answers to these questions are the latter,
your play on the field will reflect it.
But when you've learned to shut off outside influences
and believe in yourself,
there's no telling how good a player you can be.
That's because you have the mental edge.
-Rod Carew

If you believe in yourself,
have dedication and pride and never quit,
you'll be a winner.
The price of victory is high,
but so are the rewards.
-Paul "Bear" Bryant

Perfection is not attainable,
but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
-Vince Lombardi

The 5 Ss of sports training are:
stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit;
but the greatest of these is spirit.
-Ken Doherty

Everyone has the desire to win,
but only champions have the desire to prepare.

Inspirational Athletic Quotes

Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal.
-Mike Ditka

The best feeling in the world
is walking into an athletic atmosphere and knowing
the other athletes are scared to death to compete against you.
-Matt Hurst

Athletics should reduce stress, not increase it.
-Mark Allen

I don't think I can play any other way but all out...
I enjoy the game so much because I'm putting so much into it.
-George Brett

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

There has never been a great athlete who died not knowing what pain is.
-Bill Bradley

Sports ideally teach discipline and commitment.
They challenge you and build character for everything you do in life.
-Howie Long

Inspirational Athletic Quotes

I never thought about losing,
but now that it's happened,
the only thing is to do it right.
We all have to take defeats in life.
-Muhammad Ali

I learned that the only way
you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it.
Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman,
there is no getting around it.
If you do, you'll win--if you don't, you won't.
-Bruce Jenner

We generally make too much of winning.
Let's face it, someone always has to win;
that is the nature of competition.
But the mere fact of winning doesn't make you great.
-Wilt Chamberlain

Hard work is the only way to go.
Strive to be the best you can be
and remember that when you try your best,
you can't ask any more from yourself,
and people can't ask any more from you.
-Michael Chang

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

The vision of a champion is someone
who is bent over, drenched in sweat,
at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching.
-Anson Dorrance

I remember the last season I played.
I went home after a ballgame one day,
lay down on my bed, and tears came to my eyes.
How can you explain that?
It's like crying for your mother after she's gone.
You cry because you love her.
I cried, I guess, because I loved baseball,
and I knew I had to leave it.
-Willie Mays

Inspirational Athletic Quotes

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

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

The medals don't mean anything
and the glory doesn't last.
It's all about your happiness.
The rewards are going to come,
but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.
-Jackie Joyner Kersee

Competition is the spice of sports;
but if you make spice the whole meal you'll be sick.
-George Leonard

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
-George F. Will

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