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All athletes need motivation and constant reminders to be at their best during both practice and gameplay. Why? Because it’s so easy to relax, fall off and fall back. Even when you love what you do! Most people cannot relate to the extreme work ethic it takes to be an athlete and as we all know, a few words can go a long way.
When we hear about some of the most successful athletes and sports stars, they were also master motivators. Motivating their team to go beyond all previous limits and push themselves into new territory and high levels of performance.
We searched the web for the best inspirational sports quotes we could find to inspire athletes of all ages, to be the best they can be, on and off the court/field/gym.
Enjoy these wonderful motivational quotes for athletes!
Inspirational Sports Quotes For Athletes Who Want To Level Up
1.) “Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”
2.) “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali
3.) Today, you have 100% of your life left.- Tom Landry
4.) “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”
5.) “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”
6.) “The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.”
7.) “I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.”
8.) “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
9.) “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.”
Inspirational sports quotes for athletes looking for beast mode
10.) “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King
11.) “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” – Evander Holyfield
12.) “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer
13.) “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele
14.) “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito
15.) “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.” – Billy Bowerman
16.) “An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”
17.) “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan
18.) “There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.”
19.) “You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” – Herb Brooks
Motivational quotes for athletes from legends
20.) “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” – Bobby Knight
21.) “I don’t plan on being disappointed. We plan on being really good, and obviously, we plan on winning.” – Gregg Troy
22.) “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.” – Billie Jean King
23.) “If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!” – Charles Barkley
24.) “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice
Inspirational Sports quotes from Hall of Famers
25.) “You might not be able to outthink, out market or outspend your competition, but you can outwork them.” – Lou Holtz
26.) “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
27.) “What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith
28.) “I’ve failed over & over & over again in my life & that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
29.) “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West
30.) “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” –Larry Bird
31.) “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” –Babe Ruth
Motivational quotes for athletes about perseverance
34.) “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
35.) “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky
36.) Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi
37.) “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden
38.) “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
39.) “What keeps me going is not winning, but the quest for reaching potential in myself as a coach and my kids as divers. It’s the pursuit of excellence.” – Ron O’Brien
40.) “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.”
41.) “I think sports gave me the first place where this awkward girl could feel comfortable in my own skin. I think that’s true for a lot of women—sports gives you a part of your life where you can work at something and you look in the mirror and you like that person.” – Teri McKeever
42.) “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”
43.) “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.”
Inspirational sports quotes from winners
44.) “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 Resse
45.) “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.”
46.) “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali
47.) “Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. ”
48.) “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
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