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600 Inspirational Sports Leadership Quotes (2023)

1. “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” – Evander Holyfield


2. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~ Michael Jordan


3. “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


4. “Most people get excited about games, but I’ve got to be excited about practice, because that’s my classroom.”


5. “It is not what the coach knows; it is what his players have learned.”


6. “I believe in the impossible because no one else does.” —Florence Griffith Joyner


7. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.”– Lou Holtz


8. “I have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat, together, a team.”


9. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz


10. “The integrity and self-esteem gained from winning the battle against extremity are the richest treasures in my life.” — Diana Nyad


11. “To paly the game is great, to win the game is greater, but to love the game is the greatest of all.” ― Palestra Palque


12. “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


13. “Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.” – Bobby Knight


14. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky


15. “Sports is human life in microcosm.” ― Howard Cosell


16. “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” – Vernon Law


17. “If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.” – Jack Lemmon


18. “To be prepared is half the victory.” Miguel Cervantes


19. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” —Neale Donald Walsh


20. “There is another side [to ego] that can wreck a team or an organization. That is being distracted by your own importance. It can come from your insecurity in working with others. It can be the need to draw attention to yourself in the public arena. It can be a feeling that others are a threat to your own territory. These are all negative manifestations of ego, and if you are not alert to them, you get diverted and your work becomes diffused. Ego in these cases makes people insensitive to how they work with others and it ends up interfering with the real goal of any group efforts.”


21. “I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.” —Kobe Bryant


22. “On a football team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.” – Bill Belichik


23. “If an athlete wants to be perceived as a focused and relentless competitor, then he must know how to look the part before he can play it.”


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


25. A man who has no imagination has no wings


26. “Being nervous is not something you should be ashamed of. Nervous means you care, you really want to do well.” —Paula Creamer


27. “It’s what you learn after you think you know it all that really counts.” – John Wooden


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29. “The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” – Wilma Rudolph


30. “A baseball game is twice as much fun if you’re seeing it on the company’s time.” ― William Feather


31. “I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” – Nadia Comăneci


32. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky


33. “I always want to give more than I gave yesterday.” – Allyson Felix


34. “Love is playing every game as if it’s your last.” ― Michael Jordan


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


36. “Goals prepare Olympic athletes physically and mentally. Did you know that goals are used by sports psychologists in order to help athletes improve their performance?” – Paul Bailey


37. “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” – Muhammad Ali


38. “If you don’t believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you.”


39. “I’ll always be Number 1 to myself.” — Moses Malone


40. “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth


41. “They say discipline and dedication and respect are the key factors, but patience is a virtue that is absolutely essential!” —Ria Ramnarine


42. “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


43. “All it takes is one person who is committed, focused, and on a mission to spark an entire team into believing in themselves.”


44. A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.


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


46. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes


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


48. “No man can avoid being born average,but no man has to stay average.” — Satchel Paige


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


50. “You can’t let success diminish the desire to be a winner. There’s room for improvement in every sportsman.” — Lionel Messi


51. “You’ll score a lot of goals in your career but not one of them will happen without the help of a teammate.” – Abby Wambach


52. “Even while they teach, men learn.” —Seneca the Younger


53. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden


54. “You must have confidence in your competence.” – Elijah Cummings


55. “The only way to prove you are a good sport is to lose.” – Ernie Banks


56. “It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” — Seneca the Younger


57. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” Babe Ruth


58. On leading people toward their potential.


59. “I don’t have to wait for nobody, I move when I wanna move.” – Floyd Mayweather


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


61. “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”


62. “A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”


63. Hunger not for success, but for excellence. And don’t let anyone else define excellence for you.


64. “Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.” – Usain Bolt


65. “When you see a good move, look for a better one.” – Emanuel Lasker


66. “If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.”


67. “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra


68. “Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.”


69. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson


70. “If you watch a game, it’s fun; if you play it, it’s recreation; if you work at it, it’s golf.” ― Evan Esar


71. “The definition of courage is going from defeat to defeat with enthusiasm.”


72. “Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.” – Jimmy Valvano


73. “Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.” Muhammad Ali


74. “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” — Vin Scully


75. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”


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


77. “If he is to become a ball player, he must learn the rules of the game. And, contrary to popular thinking, children appreciate rules.” ― Billy Graham


78. “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” Michael Jordan


79. “Many times, I had to dig deep and perform. All of that adversity helped me and drove me to want to be the best.” —Hayley Wickenheiser


80. “You learn you can do your best even when its hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage. “ — Joe Namath


81. “Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.”


82. “Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” – Frank L. Gaines


83. “Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”


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


85. “You can accomplish anything in life provided you don’t mind who gets the credit.”


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


87. “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhammad Ali


88. “It is action that creates motivation.” —Steve Backley


89. “Earn your Leadership everyday.” ~ Michael Jordan


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


91. “Winners never quit and quitters never win. Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” – Heywood Broun


92. “The ability to conquer one’s self is no doubt the most precious of all things that sports bestows.” — Olga Korbut


93. “Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much.” – Steve Nash


94. “Anyone can support a team that is winning — it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team, to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.” – Bart Starr


95. “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


96. “Our 85′ Bears team was a bunch of characters with character.”


97. “The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.” – Jackie Joyner Kersee


98. “True disputants are like true sportsmen: their whole delight is in the pursuit.” — Alexander Pope


99. “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz


100. If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it


101. “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm


102. “Leadership is more about responsibility than ability!”


103. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” — Billie Jean King, Tennis Player


104. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan


105. “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.”– Wayne Gretzky


106. “Coaching is people management – getting people to do what you want them to do and like doing it.”


107. “I don’t plan on being disappointed. We plan on being really good, and obviously, we plan on winning.” – Gregg Troy


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


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


110. “If you are afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful.” Charles Barkely


111. “A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from.”


112. “Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden


113. “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


114. “You play to win the game…Hello. You play to win the game.” — Herman Edwards


115. “Remember, once you set a goal, it’s all about how hard you’re willing to work, how much you’re willing to sacrifice and how badly you truly want it.” – J.J. Watt


116. “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” – Bear Bryant


117. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger


118. “The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”


119. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ― Michael Jordan


120. “You should never stay at the same level. Always push yourself to the next.” —Marnelli Dimzon


121. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West


122. “I would never do anything outside of the rules of play.” – Tom Brady


123. “I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.” – Arnold Palmer


124. “When people ask me now if I miss coaching UCLA basketball games, the national championships, the attention, the trophies, and everything that goes with them, I tell them this: I miss the practices.”


125. “Success is the inner satisfaction and peace of mind that come from knowing I did the best I was capable of doing for the group.”


126. “Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning.” — Kerri Walsh Jennings, Beach Volleyball Player


127. “I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you’re doing. You have to be a salesman and you have to get your players, particularly your leaders, to believe in what you’re trying to accomplish on the basketball floor.”


128. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” — Vince Lombardi, legendary Green Bay Packers coach


129. “Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.” John Wooden


130. “I just knew if it could be done, it had to be done, and I did it.” —Gertrude Ederle


131. “Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching.”


132. If something isn’t working, try something new and different. Innovate. Never give up. Never.


133. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.


134. “Being a good teammate isn’t about recognition. I do it because it makes me whole and complete.” – Dwyane Wade


135. “Comfort the challenged, and challenge the comfortable.” – Ric Charlesworth


136. “My only feeling about superstition is that it’s unlucky to be behind at the end of the game.” — Duffy Daugherty


137. “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


138. “It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.” — Willie Mays


139. “No matter what life throws at you, or how unfair you think it is, never give up. Pick yourself up and go on.” — Megan Rapinoe, Soccer Player


140. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” ― Dean Karnazes


141. “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William A. Ward


142. “Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.” – Nancy Kerrigan


143. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”


144. “If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.” —Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson


145. “The past doesn’t matter. Take today.” —Becky Sauerbrunn


146. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” – Satchel Paige


147. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”


148. On courage and fear.


149. “Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.” – Ana Monnar


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


151. “At a young age winning is not the most important thing… the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence.” – Arsene Wenger


152. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”


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


154. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is what others think of you.”


155. “There’s no substitute for hard work. If you work hard and prepare yourself, you might get beat, but you’ll never lose.” – Nancy Lieberman


156. “In sports, players need to be reminded of their competition to become motivated to practice. The same can be applied in business.” – Gavin McGinnis


157. “Good coaching may be defined as the development of character, personality and habits of players, plus the teaching of fundamentals and team play.”


158. “A champion is simply someone who did not give up when they wanted to.” – Tom Landry


159. “To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift.” — Steve Prefontaine


160. “You should never stay at the same level. Always push yourself to the next.” — Marnelli Dimzon, Footballer


161. “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” — Michael Jordan


162. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.


163. “I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan


164. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan


165. “Close don’t count in baseball. Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.” — Frank Robinson


166. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”– Wayne Gretzky


167. “In the sports arena I would say there is nothing like training and preparation. You have to train your mind as much as your body.” — Venus Williams


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


169. “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”– Joe Paterno


170. “You make your own luck. You make it in training.” – Simone Biles


171. “Our emphasis is on execution, not winning.”


172. “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”


173. “It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you come from, if you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters.” Serena Williams


174. “Wherever I can impact the game, I will continue to work and to be the best I can be, and if that opportunity comes up, and that’s where I truly be a game-changer, that’s the step I’ll take.”


175. “If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”– Herschel Walker


176. “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street


177. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~MLK


178. “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


179. “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”


180. “The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.” — Les Brown


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


182. “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps


183. Winning is important to me but what brings me real joy is the experience of being totally engaged in whatever I’m doing


184. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi


185. “You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


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


187. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” —Andrew Carnegie


188. “What keeps me going is not winning, but the quest for reaching potential in myself as a coach and my kids as divers. It’s the pursuit of excellence.” – Ron O’Brien


189. “The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary.”


190. “Dedication requires determination and determination requires dedication. Being number one means to be both, but being both doesn’t make number one.”


191. Having a clearly defined set of principles to work with reduces conflict because it depersonalizes the criticism.


192. “I look for three things in hiring people. The first is personal integrity, the second is intelligence, the third is a high energy level. But if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.”


193. “Everybody is going to be excited to play in a Super Bowl. When you still enjoy the preparation and the work part of it, I think you ought to be still doing that. I think as soon as I stop enjoying it, if I can’t produce, if I can’t help a team, that’s when I will stop playing.” — Peyton Manning


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


195. “If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!” – Charles Barkley


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


197. “You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them.” – Satchel Paige


198. “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


199. “To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you’re a part of them and they’re a part of you.”


200. “You don’t demand respect, you earn it.”


201. “I would have thought that the knowledge that you are going to be leapt upon by half-a-dozen congratulatory, but sweaty team-mates would be inducement not to score a goal.” – Arthur Marshall


202. “My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win… channel your energy. Focus.” — Carl Lewis


203. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley


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


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


206. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” – Babe Ruth


207. “I got more bruises, grass burns and cuts in practice than in match play.” – Jonty Rhodes


208. “You can’t always be the best. You have to remember that everyone makes mistakes sometimes.” —Aly Raisman


209. “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


210. “Today, do what others won’t so tomorrow you can accomplish what others can’t.” — Simone Biles, Gymnast


211. “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”


212. “Winning solves everything.” — Tiger Woods


213. “Setbacks motivate me.” — Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Ski Racer


214. “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” Bethany Hamilton


215. “There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one.” – Mia Hamm


216. “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” —Bethany Hamilton


217. “Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything that comes in second.” – Paul Bryant


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


219. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”


220. “Great teams have players who understand their responsibilities.”


221. “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”


222. “Sports for me is when a guy walks off the court, and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.” — Jim Courier


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


224. “Life is about choices. You ask the questions and you listen to the answers. Then you listen to your heart.” — Peyton Manning


225. “A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.”


226. “Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t pretend that you do and, and some point, you will.” —Venus Williams


227. “Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.” – Phil Jackson


228. “The ability to conquer one’s self is no doubt the most precious of all things that sports bestows.” —Olga Korbut


229. “Don’t ever ask a player to do something he doesn’t have the ability to do. He’ll just question your ability as a coach, not his as an athlete.”


230. “Today, do what others won’t so tomorrow you can accomplish what others can’t.” — Simone Biles (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)


231. “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” – Pat Riley


232. “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


233. “I wouldn’t let the boys down, no way. If my arm came off I’d still play.” — Jack Bird


234. “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph


235. “I always try to start out with some type of goal. Then I work backward and think of what I need to do to get there and give myself smaller goals that are more immediate.” —Kristi Yamaguchi


236. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein


237. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden


238. “Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.” – Jim Valvano


239. “The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”


240. “Sport is singularly able to give us peak experience where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.” — George A. Sheehan


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


242. 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.


243. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi


244. “I am facing a challenge, I am not facing defeat. Remember this.” – Nikki Rowe


245. Don’t count the days; make the days count.


246. “I’ve never felt my job was to win basketball games – rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life.”


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


248. “Nothing else will show your true character than how you lose.” – Ken Gleed


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


250. “Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” – Casey Stengel


251. “A person has to be his own guy. You can take good ideas from a lot of people, but you also have to have some of your own.”


252. “Passion first and everything will fall into place.” —Holly Holm


253. “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” ― Paul Tournier


254. On aiming high.


255. “There is always going to be a reason why you can’t do something; your job is to constantly look for the reasons why you can achieve your dreams.” —Shannon Miller


256. “Once you give them the power to tell you you’re great, you’ve also given them the power to tell you you’re unworthy. Once you start caring about people’s opinions of you, you give up control.” —Ronda Rousey


257. “Team guts always beats individual greatness.” – Robert Zuppke


258. “You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.” Yogi Berra


259. “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” ~ Bear Bryant


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


261. “Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.” – Pat Riley


262. “You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place.” – James Lane Allen


263. “When the opportunity arises, it is too late to prepare.” ~ John Wooden


264. “The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight."


265. “If you think you’re done, you always have at least 40 percent more.” —Lauren Crandall


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


267. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” — Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame basketball player


268. “Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.” – Tommy Lasorda


269. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito


270. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” – Archie Griffin


271. “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”– Ronnie Lott


272. “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t win’ is you and you don’t have to listen.”—Jessica Ennis-Hill


273. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” Derek Jeter


274. “You can’t always be the best. You have to remember that everyone makes mistakes sometimes.” – Aly Raisman


275. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ John Wooden


276. “It never gets easier. You just get better.” – Jordan Hoechlin


277. “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


278. “There are certain basic qualities and characteristics you’ve got to have. Number one: you’ve got to have a will to win.” – Bob Richards


279. “An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.”


280. “Think training’s hard? Try losing.” Nike Ad Slogan


281. “Show class, have pride, and demonstrate character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.”


282. “For every pass I caught in a game, I caught a thousand in practice.” – Dom Hutson


283. “Nothing will work unless you do.” ~ John Wooden


284. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter


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


286. “Competitive sports are played mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears.” – Bobby Jones


287. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.”


288. “I think sports gave me the first place where this awkward girl could feel comfortable in my own skin. I think that’s true for a lot of women—sports gives you a part of your life where you can work at something and you look in the mirror and you like that person.” – Teri McKeever


289. “You can’t cry when things get a little bit hard. You’ve just got to push through and know that there’s a reason and end to the means.” — Abby Wambach, Soccer Player


290. “I’m not 23 anymore. But the defensive ends and linebackers chasing me are. If I had to chose between youth and experience, I’d take experience every time.” — Peyton Manning


291. “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” – Jim Valvano


292. “To succeed…You need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett


293. “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


294. “The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” – Tony Dungy


295. “Good players want to be coached… Great players want to be told the truth.” — Doc Rivers


296. “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” —Wilma Rudolph


297. “When you fall, get right back up. Just keep going, keep pushing it.” —Lindsey Vonn


298. “All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.”


299. “I’ve been a Colt for almost all of my adult life, but I guess in life, and in sports, we all know nothing lasts forever. Times change, circumstances change, and that’s the reality of playing in the NFL.” — Peyton Manning


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


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


302. To succeed, the new Bulls will have to … expand their minds and embrace a vision in which the group imperative takes precedence over individual glory, and success comes from being awake, aware, and in tune with others.


303. “As the leader, part of the job is to be visible and willing to communicate with everyone.”


304. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali


305. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six 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.” —Michael Jordan


306. “I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me peace of mind.” —Peyton Manning


307. “You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally, they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant


308. “Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Dan Reeves


309. “What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith


310. “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” ~ Derek Jeter


311. 7 Metrics to Improve Hiring and Recruiting


312. “I believe in the impossible because no one else does.” – Florence Griffith Joyner


313. “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky


314. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth


315. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” —Simone Biles


316. “There’s no stronger thing in life than knowing who you are, and that you believe you can do things.


317. “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer


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


319. “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.”– Lou Brock


320. “Sport is part of every man and woman’s heritage and its absence can never be compensated for.” — Pierre de Coubertin


321. “We old athletes carry the disfigurements and markings of contests remembered only by us and no one else. Nothing is more lost than a forgotten game.” – Pat Conroy


322. “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.”— George Steinbrenner


323. Always respect your competition. To disrespect your competition is to disrespect yourself.


324. “I won’t get upset at you about a mistake. I’ll get upset at you for the next mistake that comes from still thinking about the last mistake.” – Doc Rivers


325. “A well-adjusted person is one who can play golf and bridge as if they were games.” ― Evan Esar


326. “In sports, it is not the strongest, who wins, but the most practical and skillful” — Sunday Adelaja


327. “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” – Larry Bird


328. “If you only ever give 90% in training then you will only ever give 90% when it matters.”


329. “Anyone who waits for someone else to make a change automatically becomes a follower.” — Peyton Manning


330. “Get the Buy In, Coach the Mind, The Rest then Follows.”


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


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


333. “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


334. “No matter how much you’ve won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you’re not winning now, so you stink.” — Bill Parcells


335. “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”– Picabo Street


336. “The interesting thing about coaching is that you have to trouble the comfortable, and comfort the troubled.”


337. “Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.” – Vince Lombardo


338. “The [best] coaches… know that the job is to win… know that they must be decisive, that they must phase people through their organizations, and at the same time they are sensitive to the feelings, loyalties, and emotions that people have toward one another. If you don’t have these feelings, I do not know how you can lead anyone. I have spent many sleepless nights trying to figure out how I was going to phase out certain players for whom I had strong feelings, but that was my job. I wasn’t hired to do anything but win.”


339. “Let me tell you what winning means…. you’re willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.”


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


341. “Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.”


342. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”


343. “I enjoy winning and very much dislike losing – but I did not allow either of them to obsess me. I was a silent loser, believing that if you won you said little, and if you lost you said even less.”


344. “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.” – Lance Armstrong


345. “If we were supposed to talk more than we listen we would have two mouths and one ear.”


346. It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.


347. “The best athletes in the world are those who are willing to push harder then anyone else, and go through more pain then anyone else.” ― Ashley M.L.


348. “If you want to be the best, you have to do the things that other people aren’t willing to do.” — Michael Phelps


349. “A champion is someone who does not settle for that day’s practice, that day’s competition, that day’s performance. They are always striving to be better. They don’t live in the past.” – Briana Scurry


350. “Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.” ~ Larry Bird


351. “You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.” — A. J. Kitt


352. “That’s one thing you learn in sports. You don’t give up; you fight to the finish.” ― Louis Zamperini


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


354. “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer


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


356. This isn’t all about ‘I love you,’ and ‘Let’s hold hands and skip.’ It’s also about ‘Get your rear in gear.’ ‘What the hell are you doing?’ and ‘Why aren’t you in class?’


357. “Winning is a habit leadership is calmly maintaining that habit against all odds.” – Amit Ray


358. On persistence.


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


360. “I want my team to be more detached from the wins and losses and be more focused on doing the little things well. When you focus on getting the win, it can suffocate you, especially during the playoffs when the pressure gets thick.”


361. “Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.”


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


363. “Life is gonna throw you curve balls and it’s how you deal with them and your attitude and your work ethic.” – Kerri Strug


364. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~MLK


365. When I understand that a glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.


366. “If you have something critical to sat to a player, preface it by saying something positive. That way when you get to the criticism, at least you know he’ll be listening.”


367. “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” – Serena Williams


368. “You’re playing a game, whether it’s Little League or Game 7 of the World Series. It’s impossible to do well unless you’re having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there’s pressure. But I just look at it as fun.” —Derek Jeter


369. It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up


370. “Never underestimate the heart of a champion!” – Doc Rivers


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


372. “One of my own favorite quotes is, ‘Say something positive, and you’ll see something positive,” said PCA Founder Jim Thompson (@JimThompson18). “The more people we can get to read, heed and share these quotes, the more joy and inspiration we’ll all bring to the 40 million youth playing sports in the U.S.”


373. “Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.” – Vince Lombardi


374. “Nobody who gave his best ever regretted it.” – George Halas


375. “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


376. On failure as an opportunity.


377. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”— Vince Lombardi


378. “So many players enter the game with the same approximate skills. The difference is not aptitude but attitude.” — Dave Winfield


379. “We make too much of winning. The mere fact of winning doesn’t make you great.” — Wilt Chamberlain


380. “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


381. “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles


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


383. “All problems are leadership problems and what does that mean? The beautiful thing about that is that means leadership is the solution.”


384. “Sport, at its best, at its most human, is able to inspire an innocence and joy that is unique to each of us.” — Richard J. Corman


385. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” – George Halas


386. “Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


387. “I am no genius; I just worked hard like my other teammates, and I believe all my teammates can win the title as they work hard, too.” – Lin Dan


388. “When you don’t give up, you cannot fail.” – Adrian Peterson


389. “Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.” Vince Lombardi


390. “Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we’.”


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


392. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke


393. “Victory or defeat is not determined at the moment of crisis, but rather in the long and unspectacular period of preparation.”


394. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” —Vince Lombardi


395. “Losing teaches you how to win, winning teaches you how not to lose.” – Matshona Dhliwayo


396. “Each person holds so much power within themselves. Sometimes they just need a little nudge — direction, support, coaching.” — Pete Carroll


397. “Don’t tell me how rocky the sea is, just bring the ship in.” – Lou Holtz


398. “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


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


400. “Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.” – Pele


401. “You’ve got to remember what your priorities are. When you’re playing, what you do on the field is the most important thing.“ — Peyton Manning


402. “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath


403. “Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”– Ted Williams


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


405. “I’d say handling people is the most important thing you can do as a coach. I’ve found every time I’ve gotten into trouble with a player, it’s because I wasn’t talking to him enough.”


406. “I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time.” ― Michael Jordan


407. “When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.” — Paul Brown


408. “I have to leave the games now if the announcer says something I don’t agree with. I’m thinking, ‘Peyton, it is not healthy to be all worked up before a game.’” — Peyton Manning


409. “Erase the word ‘failure’ from your vocabulary. No case is ever truly closed, and no challenge is ever over.” – Mary Lou Retton


410. “Somebody gives you an opportunity, say yes to it. So what if you fail? you won’t know if you fail or succeed unless you try.” —Ann Meyers


411. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi


412. “Some medals are pinned to your soul, not to your jacket.”— Gino Bartali


413. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong


414. “Sports creates complicated men, proud enough to refuse to admit their mistakes, but humble enough always to put their team first.” — Fredrik Backman


415. “Always work hard, never give up, and fight until the end because it’s never really over until the whistle blows.” —Alex Morgan


416. “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe


417. “Every team requires unity. A team has to move as one unit, one force, with each person understanding and assisting the roles of his or her teammates. If your team doesn’t do this, whatever the reason, it goes down in defeat. You win or lose as a team, as a family.”


418. “Setbacks motivate me.” — Lindsey Vonn (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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


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