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

The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose.     

Ernie Banks

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.     

Wayne Gretzky

Champions keep playing until they get it right.     

Billie Jean King

The game ain't over 'til it's over.     

Yogi Berra

My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament I play.     

Tiger Woods

There may be people that have more talent than you, but theres no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.     

Derek Jeter

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.     

Phil Jackson

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.     

Michael Phelps

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.     

George F. Will

Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you've got a kingdom.     

Jack Lalanne

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

If you can't outplay them, outwork them.     

Ben Hogan

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.     

Alex Karras

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.     

Satchel Paige

The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.     

Les Brown

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

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.     

Michael Jordan

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.      

Heywood Broun

Play like you're in first, train like you're in second.     


The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.     

Ken Doherty