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Here are some motivational sports quotes to help you dig down and bring out the best in you. There is no other place like in the sports arena to demonstrate and experience the power of pure determination. The reason why we are so drawn to sports is because of the excitement of two people or teams facing against each other to see who has greater skill and heart.

If you play a sport, than these sports motivational quotes will mean something to you, but even if you don’t, they can still apply in everyday life because much of what is experienced in sports, is seen in life as well. Every time we set and go after a goal, a challenge will appear. If you have the mindset of an athlete, you will see these challenges as you see a more experienced opponent. They are someone you can go up against to not only see where you stand, but to also improve your game.

It’s the same with life. When challenges arise, you must use them to become stronger. This is the only way you can prepare yourself for even bigger challenges. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward. These motivational sports quotes will help remind you of that.

Feel free to add your own favorites sports quotes at the bottom of the page.

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“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

– Michael Jordan


“The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.”

– Vince Lombardi


“If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.”

– Bud Wilkinson


“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%… you make it that much easier for me to beat you.”

– Unknown


“Success is about having, excellence is about being. Success is about having money and fame, but excellence is being the best you can be.”

– Mike Ditka


“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

– Vince Lombardi


“You can’t make a great play unless you do it first in practice.”

– Chuck Noll


“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.”

– Satchel Paige


“Things that hurt, instruct.”

– Benjamin Franklin


“Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.”

– Wilt Chamberlain


“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”

– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


“When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.”

– Larry Bird


“My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.”

– Unknown


“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

– Tim Duncan


“The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So the percentage of weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.”

– Hank Aaron


“During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.”

– Mickey Mantle


“You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possible be in baseball and in life.”

– Pete Rose


“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication just like any pro sport. Especially for beach volleyball you don’t have to be tall or as fast as other sports. You just have to have the skills.”

– Misty May


“Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.”

– John Wooden


“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.”

– Eddie Robinson


“What makes a good coach? Complete dedication.”

– George Halas


“I learn teaching from teachers. I learn golf from golfers. I learn winning from coaches.”

– Harvey Penick


“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


“My responsibility is leadership, and the minute I get negative, that is going to have an influence on my team.”

– Don Shula


“In the end, the game comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win.”

– Sam Huff


“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

– Napoleon


“I have nothing in common with lazy people who blame others for their lack of success. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.”

– Kobe Bryant


“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

– Muhammad Ali


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  1. The first period is won by the best technician.
    The second period is won by the man in the best shape.
    The third period is won by the man with the best heart.

    Dan Gable

  2. You can be the best player in the world but if you dont practice or have the will to play you wont succeed!

  3. The drive or push of others is never always enough to inspire anyone.
    But when we all find our strength within, our life is in our hands

    1. Proper Preliminary Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance – 7P Principle

      – and as it relates to a skill;
      Proper Preliminary Planning and Periodic Practice Prevents Piss Poor Performance – 9P Corollary

  4. gold medal is not really made of gold..
    its made up of hardwork,,dedication and the hard-to-find alloy..GUTS

  5. The tough keep going when the going gets tough
    Hard things are put in our way not to stop us but to call out our courage and strength

    My personal fave:
    DON’T STOP BELIEVING

  6. Never ever sit and expect for anyone to make life easy or happy for you, only you can do that for yourself!

  7. It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. – Rocky Balboa

  8. goals should never be easy, they should force you to work hard even if they are uncomfortable at the time

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