Inspirational Sports Sayings and Quotes

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

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

Dan Gable

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.     

George Halas

Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost.     

Martina Navratilova

It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.     

Evander Holyfield

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.     

Lou Holtz

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.     

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.     

Arnold Palmer

If you ever dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize.     

Muhammad Ali

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.     

Tim Duncan

The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.     


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

Paul Bear Bryant

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

Herschel Walker

If you don't practice, you don't deserve to win.     

Andre Agassi

Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.     

Mike Singletary

The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made.     

Tim Duncan

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.     

Vince Lombardi

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.     

Knute Rockne

It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.     

Vince Lombardi

If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.     

Mark Spitz

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

Muhammad Ali

You might not be able to outthink, outmarket or outspend your competition, but you can outwork them.     

Lou Holtz

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

Joe Namath

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.     

Mia Hamm

An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.     

Emil Zatopek

If you have everything under control, you're not moving fast enough.     

Mario Andretti

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.     

Michael Jordan

To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.     

Sugar Ray Robinson

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

Dean Karnazes

A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.     

Mary Lou Retton

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.     

Ronnie Lott