Champions Sayings and Quotes

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


Champions keep playing until they get it right.     

Billie Jean King

True champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts.     

Mia Hamm

Great champions have an enormous sense of pride. The people who excel are those who are driven to show the world and prove to themselves just how good they are.     

Nancy Lopez

We knew that you don't get to be world champions without a struggle.     

Eric Cantona

There have been great champions in every generation.     

Andy Roddick

Champions all get kicked when they're down.     

Apolo Ohno

What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.     

Patty Berg

To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you've prepared mentally and physically, you don't have to worry.     

Harvey Mackay

The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.     

Mia Hamm

Once a champion, always a champion.     

Ferdinand Marcos

A true champion will fight through anything.     

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can't.     

Jack Dempsey

You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.     

James J. Corbett

If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.     

Chris Evert

To be champion requires more than simply being a strong player; one has to be a strong human being as well.     

Anatoly Karpov

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.     

Pat Riley

To be a champion you must act like one, act like a champion.     

Lou Ferrigno

Being champion is all well and good, but you can't eat a crown.     

Althea Gibson

I was born to be champion of the world.     

Roberto Duran

A champion owes everybody something. He can never pay back for all the help he got, for making him an idol.     

Jack Dempsey

The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.     

Sam Snead

The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it's the opposition.     

Nick Seitz

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.     

Muhammad Ali

Be very strong... be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion.     

Alberto Juantorena

Champions are propelled by desire, not compelled by fear.     

Denis Waitley

If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.     

Bud Wilkinson

A true champion is not judged by how much he or she is admired, but by how well they can stand at the face of adversity.     

John Cena

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.     

Alan Armstrong

To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.     

Muhammad Ali

You know what a champion is? A champion is someone who's ready when the gong rings - not just before, not just after - but when it rings.     

Jack Dempsey

Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.     

Amit Ray

To be a champion, compete; to be a great champion, compete with the best; but to be the greatest champion, compete with yourself.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

A champion is one who is remembered. A legend is one who is never forgotten.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

Amateurs quit when they are tired. Champions quit only when they have won.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

It doesn't matter how far down you fall as long as you can still look up and see the stars.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

True champions, like the sun, cannot be eclipsed for long.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

Everyone falls, the only difference is champions get up.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

Champions, like seeds, only gain strength when you bury them.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

Champions realize that defeat - and learning from it even more than from winning - is part of the path to mastery.     

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Champions are made in the dark before they are revealed in light.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

Champions have different mentality they have a stronger self belief.     

Sandeep Kakkar

To be a champion, you don't need power you need training     

Dr.P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Champions never sleep, the eternal spirit keep them alert and awake.     

Amit Ray

It is not over. Champions extend their limits and make things happen.     

Amit Ray

I need to remain humble, stay disciplined and keep training. That's how I will continue to be a champion.     

Andy Ruiz Jr.

But tomorrow is the most perpetually true champion; is the most indomitably optimistic of them all.     

Nikhil Parekh

See the champion of summer wake, little armies in field and wake.     

Edith Nesbit

Thither the fate-marked champion bent his way, by purling streams to lose the heal of day.     

Thomas Chatterton

Through the thick braked the astonished champion sees a weeping damsel bending on her knees.     

Thomas Chatterton

The champion thus desist discourteous knight, why dost thou shamefully misuse thy might.     

Thomas Chatterton

Down to the ground the champion's gauntlet flew, i dare thy fury, and i'll prove it to.     

Thomas Chatterton

The field is safely granted by their guide, this said, the champion for his armor cried.     

Torquato Tasso

Then were the people amazed and they called for the champion of champions.     

Andrew Paton Baterson

Loud sand the lunatic his song of the champions of valour until he was sighted and captured by fleet-footed keepers.     

Andrew Paton Baterson

And if she lose her champion true, tell heaven not despair.     

Henry David Thoreau

Upon his foe the other champion flew, with equal courage, and with equal ire.     

Torquato Tasso

You champions bold, with me that escaped have so many dangers, and such hard assays, whom still your God did keep, defend and save.     

Torquato Tasso

When with a clumsy, lucky clout he knocked the champion out.     

Robert William Service

Renowned champion full of wrestling art, and made for victory in every part.     

William Strode

And thou shalt rise, summon'd with champion sound , antaeus-like, more strong from underground.     

William Strode

When you color me, color me black commanding, cultivated compassionate, a champion.     

Dolores M. Johnson

While the brown ale he quaffed, loud then the champion laughed.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The champion of all necks which feel the yoke, as once she stood sublime in every land.     

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt

You would say I was a champion who knows how to defend, and she left me with the feeling - most unpleasant, I aver that the whole world would despise me is it hadn't been for her.     

Ella Willer Wilcox

With brains and honesty, some five and twenty long years as champion of all that's good.     

Ambrose Bierce

The cloistered brethren's thunderous chaunt, the errant champion's song, the shifting of the crowns and thrones, the tangle of the strong.     

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

What when a stoud unbending champion awes envy and malice to their native sty?     

John Keats

For whatever it's worth, never fall a victim of the struggle. And when it so happens remain a soldier and a champion.      

DON SANTO

I needed a Champion. So, I became one! Fulfill the requirements of your own requirements.     

Nicky Verd

Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.     

Wilma Rudolph

Inches make champions.     

Vince Lombardi

If you expect the best, you will be the best. Learn to use one of the most powerful laws in this world; change your mental habits to belief instead of disbelief. Learn to expect, not to doubt. In so doing, you bring everything into the realm of possibility.      

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Champions invariably have fervent philosophical beliefs. Philosophy, in its simplest terms, means 'the love of wisdom.'     

Zig Ziglar

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.      

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I dream, therefore I become.      

Cheryl Renee Grossman

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first then seek to win.      

Sun-tzu

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.     

Joe Paterno

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.      

Theodore Roosevelt

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.      

Robert Francis Kennedy

Winners take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them.      

Nancy Simms

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

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

Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.      

Dan Gable

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.      

William Shakespeare

Some people say I have attitude - maybe I do... but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does, that makes you a winner right there.      

Venus Williams

I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.      

Steve Jobs

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.      

Lance Armstrong

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?      

Joe Namath

I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.     

Sandy Koufax

Talent may get you on the field but it's effort & attitude that will keep you there.     

Ken Griffey Jr.

I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. I have fallen several times. Each time I get up and dust myself off .     

Serena Williams

The champion, Jess Willard, had about as much chance in this fight as a dish-faced chimpanzee in a beauty contest.     

Arthur 'Bugs' Baer

If Larry Holmes is the people's champion, then asparagus is the people's vegetable.      

Bernie Lincicome

I've been knocked down more than any heavyweight champion in history, but I consider that a compliment, because I must have got up more than any heavyweight champion.      

Floyd Patterson

Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.     

Rita Pierson

There is nothing like training and preparation. You have to train your mind as much as your body.     

Venus Williams

There's no avoiding persistence.     

Jal Tucher

Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.     

Rocky Balboa