Classic, Inspiring Sports Quotes, Quotations, and Sayings

Inspiring sports quotes really can make a difference: Often, in sports, it takes a little encouragement to help us push through physical exhaustion, or a difficult situation in a game. Sometimes, a quote can help us focus intently, to muster the extra effort to press on. We have gathered what we think are some of the most inspiring sports quotes and sayings ever spoken, by some of the greatest coaches that have ever lived, and some of the most talented athletes ever to play their sports. Hopefully, you can find an inspiring quote here that strikes a chord with you, or whoever you're coaching, and helps you to become champions in whatever your sport.

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Inspiring Mike Ditka Quote on Never Quitting:

"You're never a loser until you quit trying."
~ Mike Ditka
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Bear Bryant Quote on Working Hard in Preparation:

"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
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Satchel Paige Quote on Never Giving Up:

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way."
~ Satchel Paige
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Great Quote on Commitment in Sports:

"There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between."
~ Pat Riley
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Great Abilities Quote for Sports and Life, from the Great John Wooden:

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
~ John Wooden
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Great Quote on Not Letting Fear Keep You From Trying, from Babe Ruth:

"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
~ Babe Ruth
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Great Quote for Sports on Attitude and Heart, Especially for Small Athletes:

"It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters."
~ Evander Holyfield
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Lance Armstrong Quote on Pushing Through Pain:

"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
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Quote on Defeat and Learning from It:

"I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat."
~ Tom Landry
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Joe Namath Quote on Total Commitment in Sports and in Life:

"If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?"
~ Joe Namath
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Classic Tommy Lasorda Quote on Possibilities Through Determination:

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."

~ Tommy Lasorda

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Possibly the Most Famous Inspiring Sports Quote of All Time - Taking Chances:

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
~ Wayne Gretzky
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