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Inspirational Sports Quotes About Becoming Legendary and Mindset

Legends are made, not born. These sports quotes from the greats will show you exactly why.

Inspirational Sports Quotes About Becoming Legendary and Mindset

Looking for inspirational sports quotes for athletes by athletes about working towards your full potential?

Here is our latest collection of the best inspirational sports quotes!

Inspirational Sports Quotes About Becoming Legendary and Mindset

All athletes need motivation and constant reminders to be at their best during both practice and gameplay. Why?

Because it’s so easy to relax, fall off and fall back. Even when you love what you do!

Most people cannot relate to the extreme work ethic it takes to be an athlete and as we all know, a few words can go a long way in life.

When we hear about some of the most successful athletes and sports stars, they were also master motivators. These athletes were experts at motivating their team to go beyond all previous limits, sending them and their teammates into a new territory to achieve the highest levels of performance.

And more times than not, the team listens and responds! Jordan! Kobe! Wayne! Ray Lewis! Just to name a few, are all master motivators.

We searched the web for the best inspirational sports quotes we could find to inspire athletes of all ages, to be the best they can be, on and off the court/field/gym.

Enjoy these wonderful motivational sports quotes for athletes!

Inspirational Sports Quotes For Athletes Who Want To Level Up

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

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2.) “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali

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3.) “Today, you have 100% of your life left.” – Tom Landry

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4.) “A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” Mary Lou Retton

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

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

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

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8.) “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

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

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10.) “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

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

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

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

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

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15.) “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.” – Billy Bowerman

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

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

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

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Motivational sports quotes for athletes from legends

20.) “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” – Bobby Knight

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

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22.) “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.” – Billie Jean King

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

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24.) “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice

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Inspirational sports quotes from Hall of Fame athletes

25.) “You might not be able to outthink, out market or outspend your competition, but you can outwork them.” – Lou Holtz 

26.) “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

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

28.) “I’ve failed over & over & over again in my life & that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

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

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

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

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

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33.) “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

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

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

36.) Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi

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

38.) “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

39.) “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

40.) “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

41.) “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 

42.) “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”Dan Gable

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

Inspirational sports quotes from winners

44.) “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

45.) “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” William A. Ward

46.) “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”  Muhammad Ali

47.) “Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. ” – Venus Williams

48.) “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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49.) “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” – Pat Riley

50.) “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

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

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

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

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

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

56.) “In the end, the game comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win.” ― Sam Huff

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

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

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59.) “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” – Vince Lombardi

60.) “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

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

62.) “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

63.) “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

64.) “Show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.” – Knute Rockne

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

66.) “Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush. Be quick, but don’t hurry.” – Earl Monroe

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

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

69.) “I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.” – Yogi Berra

Inspirational sports quotes to help you develop a winning attitude

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

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

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

73.) “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

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

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

76.) “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

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

78.) “Passion first and everything will fall into place.” – Holly Holm

79.) “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

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

Other inspirational sports quotes about confidence and winning

81.) “Most talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.”– Brett Favre

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

83.) “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

84.) “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” – Hank Aaron

85.) “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

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

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

88.) “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.”– Carl Lewis

89.) “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

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

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

92.) “Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.”– Larry Bird

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

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

95.) “You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”– Mike Ditka

What motivational sports quotes stood out to you?

To achieve success in their sport, even the most talented athletes have to be at their best during both practice and gameplay.

So it’s not surprising that there are many great athletes and coaches who have produced amazing motivational quotes that we can all draw upon; whether you’re a sportsperson or not.

Hopefully, these inspirational sports quotes have motivated you to work harder towards your goals and dreams.

What quote stood out for you? Share your favorite inspirational sports quotes below.

Also, what motivational quotes for athletes would you add to the list?

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