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Top 50 Inspirational Sports Quotes

Posted by Upper Hand | Nov 16, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Whether it's pushing your athletes to take it to the next level on the next drill, motivating your staff to impact a young player, or preparing yourself for the day ahead of you - sometimes words of wisdom from the greats can really speak to us. Here's a list of 50 of our favorite inspirational sports quotes to help drive you and your team to the next win!



1. "My attitude is that if you push me towards a weakness, I will turn that weakness into a strength" - Michael Jordan


2. "Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made." - Gabby Douglas


3. "You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation." - Homer Rice


4. "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." - Fred Devito


5. "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." - Tim Notke


6. "If you only ever give 90% in training then you will only ever give 90% when it matters." - Michael Owen


7. "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." - Muhammad Ali


8. "Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing it." - Jesse Owens


9. "What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose." - Andre Agassi


10. "Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." - John Wooden


11. "One thing about championship teams is that they're resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity." - Nick Saban


12. "Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up." - Rocky Balboa


13. "I think team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed." - LeBron James


14. "I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated." - Emmitt Smith


15. "One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team." - Kareem Abdul-Jabaar


16. "The man who has no imagination has no wings" - Muhammad Ali


17. "Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way." - Satchel Paige


18. "You just can't beat the person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth


19. "Success is where preperation and opportunity meet." - Bobby Unser


20. "Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billie Jean King


21. "In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened." - Tommy Lasorda


22. "Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you." - Bethany Hamilton


23. "You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get." - Michael Phelps


24. "If at first you don't succeed - try doing what your coach told you to do the first time." - Unknown


25. "The road to success runs uphill." - Willie Davis


26. "Each of us has a firw in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit." - Mary Lou Retton


27. "Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second." - William James


28. "Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden


29. "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


30. "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a determination" - Usain Bolt


31. "Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time." - Lou Brock


32. "You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, & when you reach your limits, that is real joy." - Arthur Ashe


33. "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." - Michael Jordan


34. "If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion." - Mia Hamm


35. "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


36. "If you want to be the best, you have to do the things that other people aren't willing to do." - Michael Phelps


37. "The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pele


38. "There's no better feeling than stepping out on the field and stunning them all by doing what non of them thought you could do." - Ashlyn Harris


39. "Driven by the moral imperative of paying the price to be great." - Vince Lombardi


40. "It never get easier, you just get better." - Unknown


41. "The strength of the team is each individual member... the strength of each member is the team." - Phil Jackson


42. "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


43. "You have good days, you have bad days. But the main thing is to grow mentally." - Floyd Mayweather Jr.


44. "A team isn't a bunch of kids out to win. A team is something you belong to, something you feel, something you have to earn." - Gordon Bombay


45. "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


46. "Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." - Arnold Palmer


47. "Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." - Matt Biondi


48. "Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what other can't." - Jerry Rice


49. "We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline & effort." - Mark Spitz


50. Lastly - Our Upper Hand favorite! "Driven by the moral imperative of paying the price to be great." - Vince Lombardi


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