Inspirational Sports Sayings and Quotes

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

The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose.     

Ernie Banks

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.     

Wayne Gretzky

Champions keep playing until they get it right.

Billie Jean King

The game ain't over 'til it's over.     

Yogi Berra

My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play.     

Tiger Woods

There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.     

Derek Jeter

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

Phil Jackson

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.     

Michael Phelps

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.     

George F. Will

Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you've got a kingdom.

Jack Lalanne

I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games; 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

If you can't outplay them, outwork them.

Ben Hogan

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.

Alex Karras

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.

Satchel Paige

The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.     

Les Brown

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

Muhammad Ali

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

Michael Jordan

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.      

Heywood Broun

Play like you're in first, train like you're in second.


The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.

Ken Doherty