Motivational Sports Sayings and Quotes

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


Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.     

Michael Jordan

Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.     

Bo Jackson

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.     

Dean Karnazes

Don't give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.     

Bear Bryant

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.     

Babe Ruth

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

You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.     

J. Askenberg

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.     

Max Lerner

My jump was imperfect, my run-in was too short and my hands were too far back at takeoff. When I manage to iron out these faults, I am sure I can improve.     

Sergei Bubka

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.     

Marilyn vos Savant

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.     

T. Alan Armstrong

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.     

Kevin Wayne Durant

A boy comes to me with a spark of interest. I feed the spark and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame and it becomes a fire. I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.     

Cus D'amato

Anyone can support a team that is winning - it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.     

Bart Starr

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.     

Arthur Ashe

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

Satchel Paige

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.     

Muhammad Ali

The pitcher has got only a ball. I've got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.     

Hank Aaron

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.     

Vince Lombardi

Competing in sports has taught me that if I'm not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.     

Ron Blomberg

The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.     

Vince Lombardi

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.     

Magic Johnson

If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat.     

Herschel Walker

Victory is in having done your best. If you've done your best, you've won.     

Bill Bowerman

The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.     

Bobby Knight

It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.     

Vince Lombardi

Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.     

Lou Brock

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.     

Eddie Robinson

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit.     

Coach Vince Lombardi