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Sports: A Human Story Of Symbols And Quotations

DENZEL CHRISTOPHERContributor INovember 30, 2010

Sports: A Human Story Of Symbols And Quotations

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    Usain Bolt-World champion 100m record holderMatt King/Getty Images

    Victory or defeat in sports generates a response. Responses are a picture of the soul at a point in time. They reflect deep feelings or lack thereof. Whether you are a fan or a participant, we all have it in us.

    The post Barcelona-Real Madrid game responses since last night is a prime example. It is part of what makes us human. Here are some great sporting quotations with some symbolic pictures.

    The overall theme is an attempt to paint an expression of the human experience. I have chosen these because of what they say about the range and vitality of the human spirit, and about its major characteristics as well. Happy reading and viewing.

    Usain Bolt-Jamaican's Olympics and World 100m record champion. A human bullet.

Victory's Foundation

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    David Ramos/Getty Images

    King Basil: Sports: Motivation Quotes

    Victory becomes, to some degree, a state of mind. Knowing ourselves superior to the anxieties, troubles, and worries which obsess us, we are superior to them.

     

    From left to right, managers Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid and Pep Guardiola of Barcelona after the 5-0 spanking Real received Monday night at the Camp Nou Stadium.

Fear Not

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    Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

    Ancient Samurai saying: Sports: Motivation Quotes

    Warriors take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing, but they refuse to let fear control them.

    A chessboard where two brains go to war.

Fighting Spirit

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    Fighting spiritHannah Johnston/Getty Images

    Dwight D. Eisenhower: Sports: Motivation Quotes

    What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.

    Fencing: A game of skill and finesse.

Sweet Air Of Achievement

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    Sweet air of achievementChristopher Lee/Getty Images

    John F. Kennedy: Sports: Motivation Quotes

    Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

    Ice skating: A mixture between elegance and chemistry on ice.

Triumph Of Endurance

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    Triumph of EnduranceRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    Napoleon Bonaparte: Sports: Motivation Quotes

    Victory belongs to the most persevering.

    Cycling: A test of will.

Balance Of Experience

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    Balance of experienceHannah Johnston/Getty Images

    Malcolm Forbes: Sports: Motivation Quotes

    Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.

    A Gymnast showing artistic grace under pressure.

Living Dimensions

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    Living dimensionsFeng Li/Getty Images

    Louis Armstrong: Sports: Motivation Quotes

    What we play is life.

    Acrobats showing poise and timing.

Living Legends

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    Living legendsJeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

    Zig Ziglar: Sports: Motivation Quotes

    What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

    A boxer in a pre-fight preparation.

Destiny's Call

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    Destiny's callAndrew Redington/Getty Images

    Albert Einstein: Sports: Inspirational Quotes

    Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.

    Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov during the 2000 Brain-games World Chess Championship held in London from Oct. 8 to Nov. 4 which Kramnik won: two wins, 13 draws and no losses- to dethrone chess legend and the game's greatest player of all time, Kasparov.

Determination

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    DeterminationFernando Camino/Getty Images

    John D. Rockefeller: Sports: Inspirational Quotes

    Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim.

    A Spanish Bull-fighter (El Matador) in action. A dangerous but delightful sport.

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