As we look back on an emotional sports history, memories of the most encouraging, brave and genuine sportsmen start to flood the scene.
Emotion in athletics is like sand in the desert, but that's not what has us craving the next motivational statement, the next enthusiastic leader.
It's the euphoric speeches that have us enamored, the breathtaking statements that somehow get us riled up and excited for what we now believe is possible.
With just several syllables, many sports icons have cemented their legacies and left a framework for how to lead.
Let's look back on the 50 most inspirational sports quotes history.
Grab a tissue and several punching bags, it's about to get feisty in here.
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.
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.
Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
Football doesn't build character, it reveals character.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind.
Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.
Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your own two ears.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.
What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.
A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.
The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
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.
Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.
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.
Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
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.
Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave–win or lose.
Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.
I put the team on my back doh.
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If you have everything under control, you're not moving fast enough.
Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.
It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Your biggest opponent isn't the other guy. It's human nature.
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.
Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
It ain't over till it's over.
I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
You're never a loser until you quit trying.
It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.
Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.