Some well-known motivational sports quotes
"Winning isn't everything,
it's the only thing."
Football coach Vince Lombardi
"If we pursue perfection,
which we can't achieve, we
will touch excellence."
"Show me a good loser,
and I'll show you a loser."
"You have to prove yourself
to yourself every day."
Baseball manager Joe Torre
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
"The more difficult the
victory, the greater the happiness in winning."
Soccer great Pele
"Don't mistake activity
coach John Wooden
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
"Nice guys finish last."
Baseball manager Leo Durocher
"Confidence comes from demonstrated ability."
"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."
Basketball Hall of Famer
"Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first
step to succeeding."
N.C. State coach Jim Valvano
"Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on."
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
"A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist."
"A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever."
Gymnast Mary Lou Retton
"A champion is someone who gets up when he can't."
"Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time."
Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock
"Just win, baby,"
"Formula for success? Dress British and think Yiddish."
Celtics Hall of Famer Red Auerbach
"It's not what you tell your players that counts. It's what they hear."
"It ain't over till it's over."
Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra
"Just keep going. Everybody
gets better if they keep at it."
Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams
"You're never a loser
until you quit trying."
NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka
"To uncover your true
potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them."
Olympic skier Picabo Street
"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it."
Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne
"You can't win them all — but you can try."
"Football doesn't build character, it reveals character."
NFL coach Marv Levy
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda
"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 can believe it, the mind can achieve it."
NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott
"Champions keep playing until they get it right."
Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King
"Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds."
Celtics Hall of Famer Larry Bird.
"I've learned that something constructive comes from
Cowboys Hall of Fame
coach Tom Landry
"If you fail to prepare,
you're prepared to fail."
Swimmer Mark Spitz,
channeling Ben Franklin
"Your biggest opponent
isn't the other guy.
It's human nature."
Hall of Fame basketball
coach Bobby Knight
"What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it,
learn from it, forget it."
North Carolina basketball
coach Dean Smith