Competition Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old competition quotes, competition sayings, and competition proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.     

Nancy Pearcey

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.     

Walt Disney

The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.     

Howard Cosell

You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.     

Michael Jordan

I'm not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.     

Celine Dion

Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.

Baltasar Gracian

Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they're jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.

Shannon L. Alder

Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone.     

Lance Armstrong

Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you're both engaged in the same business - you know they're doing something that you aren't.

Malcolm X

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.     

Indira Gandhi

Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.

David Sarnoff

A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition.     

James Cash Penney

No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.     

Bonnie Blair

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.

Colin Powell

Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.

Herbert Hoover

All you have to do is play better than the other guy and things go well. If you don't play better than the other players then somebody takes your place.

Bill Parcels

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.

Washington Allston

When a man can do better than everyone else in the same walk, he does not make any very painful exertions to outdo himself. The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends.     

William Hazlitt

Competition is a rude yet effective motivation.     

Toba Beta

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

George Leonard

Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity.     

Daniel Burrus

You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.     

A. J. Kitt

If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.

Barbara Cook

When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Moreover, the competition with ourselves leaves unimpaired our benevolence toward our fellow men.     

Eric Hoffer

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.


Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one.     

Bill Bradley

Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind.     

Willard Beecher

Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good someone else.

William Saroyan