Sportsmanship Sayings and Quotes

Sports bring out our competitive nature, but winning isn’t everything. Win or lose, having good sportsmanship can go a long way. No one wants to engage with a sore loser or someone who gloats. Play at your best with the collection of wise and insightful good sportsmanship quotes below.


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

It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.     

John Wooden

Win or lose, do it fairly.     

Knute Rockne

A winner never whines.     

Paul Brown

It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.     

Harry Sheehy

A lion never roars after a kill.     

Dean Smith

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

What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.     

John Wooden

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

Ernie Banks

If you win through bad sportsmanship that's no real victory.     

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

There is no such thing as sportsmanship.     

Terrell Davis

It is better to know defeat than to know nothing at all.     

Liam D'Souza

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

Pep Guardiola

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

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

For me, being memorable is more important than winning.     

Ricki Lake