Rivalry Sayings and Quotes

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

Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry.     

George Ade

There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.     

Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Rivalry of scholars advances wisdom.     

Hebrew Proverb

Life is a competition not with others, but with ourselves. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair a mistake; each day to surpass ourselves.     

David B. Haight

There is no overt rivalry among our children.     

Martin Milner

People will ignore their misfortunes and their interests when they are in competition with their pleasures.     


It is safer and wiser to cure unhealthy rivalry than to suppress it.     

Obafemi Awolowo

Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one's conquests.     

Louisa May Alcott

Mothers and daughters have that rivalry thing.     

Gretchen Wilson

It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.     

Joseph Addison

Rivalry discovers that courtesy overlooks.     

Baltasar Gracian

The only competition you will ever face is with your own ignorance.     

Bob Proctor

The only competition worthy a wise man is with himself.     

Anna Jameson

Sisters define their rivalry in terms of competition for the gold cup of parental love. It is never perceived as a cup which runneth over, rather a finite vessel from which the more one sister drinks, the less is left over for the others.     

Elizabeth Fishel

Set higher standards for your own performance than anyone else around you, and your only competition will be with yourself.     

Rick Pitino

With competition everyone has to try harder.     

Harold H Greene

You're not in competition with other women. You're in competition with everyone.     

Tina Fey

All close friendships are marked with competition. Our earliest tests are against our siblings and playmates, and some of that rivalry endures amongst friends into adulthood. Like dogs play fighting, you learn not to bite hard.     

Christopher Bollen

Rivalry causes us to overemphasize old opportunities and slavishly copy what has worked in the past.     

Peter Thiel

Rivalry is the life of trade, and the death of the trader.     

Elbert Hubbard

Rivalry doesn't help anybody.     

Peter Jackson

Life is not a competition with others. In its truest sense it is a rivalry with ourselves. We should each day seek to break the record of our yesterday. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair past follies; each day to surpass...ourselves. And this is but progress.     

William George Jordan

There is a very specific, unique brand of rivalry that exists between twins. You're always wondering who the Alpha twin is.     

Alex Hirsch

Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.     

Henry Ford

Our competition in life is solely with our old self.     

Boyd K. Packer

Rivalry and envy are Siamese twins.     

Josh Billings

Compete with yourself, not with others.     

Sophia Amoruso

Insecurity is at the heart of every rivalry.     

Beth Moore

Every one of us possesses a gene predisposing us toward rivalry, competition, and fits of envy with any past, present, or future siblings.     

Linda Sunshine

It is impossible for authors to discover beauties in one another's works; they have eyes only for spots and blemishes.     

Joseph Addison