The 40 Most Inspirational Quotes from Athletes

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40. "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


39. "If you can't outplay them, outwork them." Ben Hogan


38. "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up." Vince Lombardi


37. "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


36. "There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you." Derek Jeter


35. "If you have everything under control, you're not moving fast enough." Mario Andretti


34. "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


33. "The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." Pele


32. "Without self-discipline, success is impossible. Period." Lou Holtz


31. "Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden


30. "I've never known anybody to achieve anything without overcoming adversity." Lou Holtz


29. "The more I practice, the luckier I get." Gary Player


28. "They are who they thought they were." Dennis Green


27. "If you fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail." Mark Spitz


26. "You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." Michael Jordan


25. "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." Mike Tyson


24. "It's not bragging if you can back it up." Muhammad Ali


23. "Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is." Vince Lombardi


22. "When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge." Terry Bradshaw


21. "Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second." William James


20. "Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play." Mike Singletary


19. "Nobody who gave his best ever regretted it." George Halas


18. "If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?" Joe Namath


17. "It ain't over 'til it's over." Yogi Berra


16. "Success is where preparation and opportunity meet." Bobby Unser


15. "You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get." Michael Phelps


14. "Yesterday's home runs don't win today's games." Babe Ruth


13. "I used to think that losing made you more hungry and determined but after my success as the Olympics and the U.S. Open I realize that winning is the best motivation." Andy Murray


12. "I never did say that you can't be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I'd trip her up." Leo Durocher


11. "Sports do not build character. They reveal it." Heywood Broun


10. "Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records." William Arthur Ward


9. "That's one thing you learn in sports. You don't give up; you fight to the finish." Louis Zamperini


8. "I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible." Michael Phelps


7. "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


6. "A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever." Mary Lou Retton


5. "Champions keep playing until they get it right." Billie Jean King


4. "It's not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters." Evander Holyfield


3. "Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." Arnold Palmer


2. "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


1. "A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning." Pat Riley

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