Underdog Sayings and Quotes

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


The fact of being an underdog changes people in ways that we often fail to appreciate. It opens doors and creates opportunities and enlightens and permits things that might otherwise have seemed unthinkable.     

Malcolm Gladwell

The more people that learn about you, even if you're an underdog, then you can come under fire a lot and the more attention you get and the more threatening or dangerous you appear to people. And the more people try to knock you down.     

Gerard Way

If you're an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don't fit in, if you're not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero.     

Steve Guttenberg

It's always fun to be the underdog and surprise people. It certainly puts less pressure on you.     

Derek Drouin

The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.     

E. W. Howe

To be honest, it's more fun being the underdog.     

Stephen Karam

Always being an underdog, always being the player or the person nobody really knew, that always kept a chip on my shoulder.     

Paul George

Boxing is made for film - there is corruption, violence, tragedy and the chance that the underdog can catch the champion with one lucky punch.     

Asif Kapadia

The underdog is a person that's at risk, a person that has a lot of big trials you have to overcome. I mean, that was my life.     

Chris Harris Jr.

A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards set so much above his ordinary self as to make him feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog.     

Irving Babbitt

Stand up for the underdog, the 'loser.' Sometimes having the strength to show loving support for unacknowledged others turns the tides of our own lives.     

Alexandra Katehakis

People only rooted for the underdog in movies, not in middle school.     

Sean Platt & David Wright

A winning mindset can transform an underdog into a champion, conqueror, and achiever. You’re a mindset away from winning your battles!     

Assegid Habtewold

With but few exceptions, it is always the underdog who wins through sheer willpower.     

Johnny Weissmuller

Ultimately, we'll help the people we discriminate against if we try to understand more about them; genetics will lead to a world where there is a sympathy for the underdog.     

James D. Watson

The classic epic fantasy is good versus evil, underdog against power.     

Laura Anne Gilman

The outside perception and inside perception of Microsoft are so different. The view of Microsoft inside Microsoft is always kind of an underdog thing.     

Bill Gates

Well, fans always root for the underdog.     

Maria Sharapova

The underdog winning is the romantic position.     

Malcolm Gladwell

The story of Airbnb is really the underdog story in many ways.     

Joe Gebbia

There is also a natural and very, very strong empathy with the underdog, with people who have suffered, people who have been pushed around by foreigners in particular, but also by their own people.     

Lakhdar Brahimi

If you're a white person in the wrong neighborhood, you're an underdog.     

Robin Thede

It's the duty of every man to free himself. Never accept to live an underdog's life in god’s world.     

Bangambiki Habyarimana