Competition Sayings and Quotes

Competition can bring about extraordinary results since it forces us to do our best. Whether competing against someone else or simply looking to beat your last record, the added pressure of competition can create diamonds. Check out the collection of wise and insightful competition quotes below.


The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.     

Aaron Lauritsen

The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be only sustainable competitive advantage.     

Arie de Geus

Without the spur of competition we'd loaf out our life.     

Arnold Glasow

Whether it's Google or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.     

Bill Gates

Competition helps people figure it out.     

Brian Mcbride

Companies aren’t families. They’re battlefields in a civil war.     

Charles Duhigg

Winning and losing are both very temporary things. Having done one or the other, you move ahead. Gloating over a victory or sulking over a loss is a good way to stand still.     

Chuck Knox

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.     

Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.     

Confucius

If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After awhile you'll see your rivals scrambling for second place.     

Criss Jami

Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction.     

Criss Jami

The only race you have to run is with yourself.     

Dahi Tamara Koch

Creativity may well be the last legal unfair competitive advantage we can take to run over the competition.     

Dave Trott

Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.     

Dr Roopleen

Some people don't like competition because it makes them work harder, better.     

Drew Carey

Companies that solely focus on competition will ultimately. Those that focus on value creation will thrive.     

Edward de Bono

Companies that solely focus on competition will ultimately. Those that focus on value creation will thrive.     

Edward de Bono

There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.     

Elie Wiesel

I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated.     

Emmitt Smith

There is a tendency among some businesses to criticize and belittle their competitors. This is a bad procedure. Praise them. Learn from them. There are times when you can co-operate with them to their advantage and to yours! Speak well of them and they will speak well of you. You can't destroy good ideas. Take advantage of them.     

George Matthew Adams

It's nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better.     

Gianni Versace

With competition everyone has to try harder.     

Harold H. Greene

Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.     

Henry Clay

Competition whose motive is merely to compete, to drive some other fellow out, never carries very far. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.     

Henry Ford

Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition - in having put forth the best within you.     

Henry Kaiser

Number one, cash is king; number two, communicate; number three, buy or bury the competition.     

Jack Welch

Don't knock your competitors. By boosting others you will boost yourself. A little competition is a good thing and severe competition is a blessing. Thank God for competition.     

Jacob Kindleberger

If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we'll turn out all right.     

Jeff Bezos

Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition; awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.     

Jesse Owens

If you're not gonna go all the way, why go at all?     

Joe Namath

If you're not making mistakes, you're not taking risks, and that means you're not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more chances to learn and win.     

John W. Holt

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.     

John Wooden

When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating; I forget it is a competition.     

Katarina Witt

Being properly prepared is one of the biggest assets in business and in athletic competition.     

Keeth Smart

It was then I realized winning isn’t always finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing.     

Manuel Diotte

You are never a loser until you quit trying.     

Mike Ditka

When you don't make moves and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition.     

Nicki Minaj

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.     

Oprah Winfrey

An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God.     

Patti Smith

Capitalism and competition are opposites; Capitalism is premised on the accumulation of capital, but under perfect competition, all profits get competed away.     

Peter Thiel

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.     

Rabindranath Tagore

Move fast. Speed is one of your main advantages over large competitors.     

Sam Altman

Instead of playing to win, I was playing not to lose. It reminds me of the story I once heard about two friends being chased by a bear, when one turned to the other and said, "I just realized that I don't need to outrun the bear; I only need to outrun you.     

Sean Covey

Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless.     

Shannon L. Alder

A deceitful man will go as far as to trample all over a woman’s reputation and spirit, in order to prove to his ex-love that he was faithful. The irony, is he is still in love with his ex and the new woman in his life doesn’t even realize it.     

Shannon L. Alder

Believing that your competition is stronger and better than you pushes you to better yourselves.     

Simon Sinek

Opportunity doesn't make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.     

Tim Fargo

Jealousy is love in competition.     

Toba Beta

Since I became a novelist I have discovered that I am biased. Either I think a new novel is worse than mine and I don’t like it, or I suspect it is better than my novels and I don’t like it.     

Umberto Eco

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.     

Willie Nelson

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.     

Winston Churchill

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.     

Nancy Pearcey

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.     

Walt Disney

The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.     

Howard Cosell

You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.     

Michael Jordan

I'm not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.     

Celine Dion

Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.     

Baltasar Gracian

Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.     

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they're jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.     

Shannon L. Alder

Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone.     

Lance Armstrong

Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you're both engaged in the same business - you know they're doing something that you aren't.     

Malcolm X

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.     

Indira Gandhi

Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.     

David Sarnoff

A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition.     

James Cash Penney

No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.     

Bonnie Blair

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.     

Colin Powell

Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.     

Herbert Hoover

All you have to do is play better than the other guy and things go well. If you don't play better than the other players then somebody takes your place.     

Bill Parcels

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.     

Washington Allston

When a man can do better than everyone else in the same walk, he does not make any very painful exertions to outdo himself. The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends.     

William Hazlitt

Competition is a rude yet effective motivation.     

Toba Beta

Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you'll be sick.     

George Leonard

Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity.     

Daniel Burrus

You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.     

A. J. Kitt

If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.     

Barbara Cook

When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Moreover, the competition with ourselves leaves unimpaired our benevolence toward our fellow men.     

Eric Hoffer

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.     

Ovid

Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one.     

Bill Bradley

Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind.     

Willard Beecher

Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good someone else.     

William Saroyan

For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes -- not that you won or lost -- but how you played the Game.     

Grantland Rice

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave - win or lose.     

Gordie Howe

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

Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing.     

Phil Jackson

You must do everything possible to put yourself in a position to win. But if you consider second or third a failure, I feel sorry for you.     

Joe Falcon

Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.     

Nido Qubein

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.     

Babe Ruth

Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.     

Earl Campbell

It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into the practice.     

Eric Lindros

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.     

Thomas Paine

I don't care how good you play, you can find somebody who can beat you, and I don't care how bad you play, you can find somebody you can beat.     

Harvey Penick

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.     

Proverb

The Law of Win/Win says, Let's not do it your way or my way; let's do it the best way.     

Greg Anderson

Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.     

Arthur Ashe

Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.     

Gil Atkinson

Competition is what keeps me playing the psychological warfare of matching skill against skill and wit against wit.     

Lou Brock

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.     

Lou Holtz

No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it's fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it's a mutual hostility.     

Thomas Carlyle

Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.     

Charles Lamb