Sports

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks

“When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.” – Bill Shoemaker

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.” – Bruce Jenner

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” – Mary Lou Retton

“Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.” – Pat Tyson

“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” – Ross Perot

“You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.” – Larry Brown

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” – Ted Williams

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” – Knute Rockne

“The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” – Ken Doherty

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” – Emil Zatopek

“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.” – Mia Hamm

“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” – Doug Williams

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Marv Levy

“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” – Tom Landry

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” – Laird Hamilton

“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.” – Sandy Koufax

“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Liane Cardes

“Good is not good when better is expected.” – Vin Scully

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

“You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.” – Herb Brooks

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” – Mark Spitz

“How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.” – Lou Holtz

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi

“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” – George F. Will

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young

“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” – Arthur Ashe

“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.”
– Andre Agassi

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele

“It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.”
– Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

“Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.”
– Brett Favre

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. ” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.”
– Cal Ripken Jr.

“You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.”
– Chris Evert

“When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.” – Paul Brown

“The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.” – Eddie Reese

“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger