36 inspirational phrases from the best athletes

36 inspirational phrases from the best athletes

36 inspirational phrases from the best athletes

Anyone who is an achiever, at any level — in sports, in business — has a very particular outlook on life, with a level of motivation that allows for the most challenging challenges to escalate. Here are some quotes from people who make (or made) a difference in sports:

Ayrton Senna

‘The important thing is to win. Everything and always. This story that the important thing is to compete is just pure demagoguery’

Michael Jordan
“I’ve failed over 9,000 opportunities in my career, lost almost 300 games, 26 times it was in my hands to win the game and I wasn’t able to. I’ve failed countless times in my life. And that’s why I became successful”

Michael Phelps
“I don’t foresee anything historic. But nothing is impossible”

Kevin Durant
“Hard work trumps talent, when talent hasn’t worked hard”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“A man can be key in a team, but a man doesn’t make a team”

Jim Courier
“Sportsmanship is when someone leaves the court and we can’t know if he won or lost, because he leaves with the same pride”

Martina Navratilova
“Whoever said ‘It doesn’t matter to win or lose’ probably lost”

Mark Spitz
“If you fail to prepare, you will be prepared to fail”

John Wooden
“Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do”

Micky Mantle
“For 18 years I hit the bat 10,000 times. I hit out 1,700 and ran 1,800 times. Now, a baseball player, on average, makes 500 successful hits in a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball well”

Jack Dempsey
“A champion is someone who stands up when he can’t.”

Emil Zatopek
“An athlete cannot run with money in their pockets. Run with hope in your heart and dreams in your head”

Sachin Tendulkar
“Success is a process. During this trip, sometimes stones are thrown at us and we turn them into goals”.

Dan Gable
“We can always motivate ourselves to go further. Write about it, dream about it. But then turn it into action. Don’t just dream”

Eric Cantona
“You can change your wife, your color in politics, your religion – but you can never, never change your favorite club”

Wayne Gretzky
“You miss 100% of the opportunities you don’t take”

Bill Shankly
“For some, football is a matter of life and death. I get very disillusioned with this attitude. I can guarantee that it is much more than that”

Vince Lombardi
“It’s not a question of getting knocked out or not, it’s a question of getting up later”

Roger Bannister
“Doctors and scientists said that running a mile in four minutes was impossible and that I would die trying. So when I got up off the track after I fell, I thought I was dead”

Derek Jeter
“There may be people more talented than us, but there’s no excuse for someone who tries harder than us”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
“Age is not a barrier. It’s a limit that we put in our mind”

Bobby Kingt
“Your biggest opponent is not the other, it’s human nature”

Ben Hogan
“If you don’t play better than them, work harder than them”

Herschel Walker
“If you train a lot, not only will you be better, but you will also be difficult to win”

Joe Namath
“If you’re not going to try your hardest, why participate?”

laird hamilton
“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears”

bo jackson
“Try to achieve big goals and don’t stop until you do”

joe frazier
“When I’m competing I have no mercy. I’m there to win”

Gary Player
“The more practical, the luckier I get”

Tom Landry
“I don’t believe in motivating the team. I believe in preparing a team to have the confidence to play a good game”

Babe Ruth
“Every shot brings me closer to the next home run”

Matt Biondi
“Persistence Can Turn Failure into an Extraordinary Victory”

Billie Jean King
“Champions play till they win”

mia hamm
“I set up a fire every day of training, then I add more gas. At the right time, I light the match”

Jesse Owens
“In the end, it’s the extra effort that separates first place from second place. it takes desire, determination, discipline and sacrifice. If we put everything together, even if we don’t win, it’s impossible to lose”

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