Sportsmanship Sayings and Quotes

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

Sportsmanship, next to the Church, is the greatest teacher of morals.     

Herbert Hoover

Sportsmanship is making sure you have respect for the guy you're playing across from.     

Warren Moon

If you spend a lot of time on sportsmanship, you're going to spend a lot of time losing.     

Glenn Dobbs

There is value in any experience that exercises those ethical restraints collectively called sportsmanship.     

Aldo Leopold

Thats the beauty of sport. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry     

Pep Guardiola

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.     

Vince Lombardi

Don't praise your own good shots. Leave that function to your partner who, if a good sport, will not be slow in performing it.     

Harry Vardon

No matter if you win or lose, the most important thing in life is to enjoy what you have.     

Dong Dong

Win or lose, I'll feel good about myself. That's what is important.     

Mary Docter

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.     

Lyndon B. Johnson

I would prefer even to lose with honor than to win by cheating.     


Sometimes you lose. Nothing you can do but admit it.     

Sarah Dessen

Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.     

George Meredith

Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.     

Bum Phillips

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

For me, being memorable is more important than winning.     

Ricki Lake

What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what's thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going.     

Patrick Swayze

Losing is no disgrace if you've given your best.     

Jim Palmer

Winning is about heart, not just legs. It's got to be in the right place.     

Lance Armstrong

The determination to win is the better part of winning.     

Daisaku Ikeda