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Inspire yourself with the words of champions...

Yes, what better way to feel inspired than via sports quotes and quotations:

  • These quotes from winners are truly inspirational.
  • Whether you're a fan of basketball, football (soccer?), individual or team sports - you'll find inspirational sport quotes for you.

Again, it's best if you only read a few quotations at a time - you can get too much of a good thing, you really can!...

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All of these free inspirational quotes and sayings are hand-picked (by me) - thousands of inspirational life quotes did not, ahem, make the cut! Enjoy...



Quotations on Sport - Free Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational sports quotes - what they say...

Be a sport and let me know what you think of these inspirational sports quotes - thanks.

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
-- Muhammad Ali

"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever."

-- Lance Armstrong

"People have always doubted whether I was good enough to play this game at this level. I thought I was, and I thought I could be. What other people thought was really always irrelevant to me."

-- Steve Nash        (Note: this Steve Nash is not me :-O)

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

-- Tiger Woods

"To achieve great things you have first to believe it."

-- Arsene Wenger

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

-- Michael Jordan

(You can find more basketball quotes here!)

"God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius."

-- Anna Pavlova

"The most important thing about winning is believing that you can win no matter who you are playing."

-- Lawrence Dalaglio

(I think Lawrence is also talking about visualisation: visualising yourself as a winner! And this all comes from a place called BELIEF. And where does belief come from? These recommended personal growth tools can help!)

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

-- Mario Andretti

"You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference."

-- Chris Evert

"You can always become better."

-- Tiger Woods

"A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."

-- Vince Lombardi

"To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are."

-- Muhammad Ali

"I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot. . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why. . . I succeed."

-- Michael Jordan

(If all of these inspirational sports quotes seem too much, right now, perhaps you need help with your motivation quotes! )



Inspirational sports quotes - what they still say...

MORE inspirational sports quotes (if you really insist), but first a little 'inspirational sports quote' a la YouTube...


Okay, back to the quotes...

"Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your talent, there is only one way to obtain it-work."
-- Jack Nicklaus

(More help with self-confidence here!)

"If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on."

-- Lance Armstrong

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."

-- Michael Jordan

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

-- Arnold Palmer

"Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs."

-- Mario Andretti

(Spoken like a true goal-setting hero!)

"Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence in seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control."

-- Tom Landry

"Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it."

-- Stan Smith

"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging."

-- Hank Aaron

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

-- Martina Navratilova,

"100% of the shots you don't take don't go in."

-- Wayne Gretzky

(I think 'The Great One' has pretty much summed up self-help, self improvement and personal development in one single, succinct sentence - one inspirational sports quote. Don't you agree?)

"The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur."

-- Vince Lombardi

"Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it."

-- Ted Williams

(Don't you think that this quote sums up what success is all about?)

"One day or another every athlete feels like taking it easy. He stops trying to exceed his limits, and thinks he can keep winning because of his lucky star, or the bad luck of his opponents. You must overcome this negative instinct, which affects all of us, and which is the only difference between the person who wins a race, and those who lose. This is the battle you have to fight every day of your life."

-- Jesse Owens

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

-- Mario Andretti



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