Sports quotes

Sports quotes by topic: Spotrs features, Workout and sports, Women and sports, Cycling and sports, Failures and sports, Life and sports, Winning and sports, Team and sports, Politics and sports, Society and sports, Swimming and sports, People and sports, Attitude to sports, Money and sports, Motivation and sports, Champions, ect.

Spotrs features

Sport consists in delegating to the body some of the strongest virtues of the soul. (Jean Giraudoux)

Sport used to have spirit. (Raymond Walden)

Great sport begins where it stopped being healthy long ago. (Bertolt Brecht)

Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences. (Kobe Bryant)

I don’t think there are many larger lessons to be found in sports. (Gregg Easterbrook)

That’s one thing you learn in sports. You don’t give up; you fight to the finish. (Louis Zamperini)

Sport is like cockfighting. Except that today hens fight too. (Erhard Blanck)

Sport measures human worth in millimeters and hundredths of a second. (Bernard Arcand)

Sport does not believe in words, only in deeds. (Alexander Yakushev)

Sports is like rock ‘n’ roll. Both are dominant cultural forces, both speak an international language, and both are all about emotions. (Phil Knight)

The nice thing about sport is that you can also watch. (Stefan Wittlin)

Sports is the only entertainment where, no matter how many times you go back, you never know the ending. (Neil Simon)

There is so much hypocrisy in sports. (Dennis Rodman)

Workout and sports

We all like to win, but how many like to train? (Mark Spitz)

If you want to be the best, you have to be willing to do things other people aren’t willing to do. (Michael Phelps)

Don’t dream of winning. Train for it! (Mo Farah)

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)

To keep winning, I have to keep improving. (Craig Alexander)

That which is not exercised is destroyed. (Peter Lesgaft)

Today I will do what others don’t, so that tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. (Jerry Rice)

In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up. (Rich Froning Jr.)

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it. (Knute Rockne)

The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone who is not a champion. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us. (Serena Williams)

Quotes about workout

Women and sports

The wife is the best training camp. (Otto Rehagel)

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)

There’s nothing masculine about being competitive. There’s nothing masculine about trying to be the best at everything you do, nor is there anything wrong with it. I don’t know why a female athlete has to defend her femininity just because she chooses to play sports. (Rebecca Lobo)

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)

Beautiful women are like soccer. You’re looking forward to a nice weekend and you’re bound to be disappointed. (Francesco Toti)

Woman hunting is an exciting sport. Trouble starts as soon as you catch one. (Gabriel Timmory)

We all know that girls who compete in sports perform better in school, are physically healthier and have a stronger self-esteem. (Louise Slaughter)

Cycling and sports

Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling. (Jean de Gribaldy)

Good morale in cycling comes from good legs. (Sean Yates)

If you were to do all that with a dog, the animal welfare organization would step in, but we’re just racers. (Rolf Järmann)

Professional cycling is an organized crime. (Floyd Landis)

Cycling is a sport of amazing athletes. Its been a privilege and a honor for me to be in this sport and to have a chance to race at the highest level. (Robin Farina)

It doesn’t matter if you’re sprinting for an Olympic gold medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you’re missing the essence of the sport. (Scott Martin)

Cycling is not for good boys in clean T-shirts! It’s for real men. And these men accept and appreciate him exactly as he is: harsh, difficult and courageous … we fall. And we break.And we break ribs and collarbones … (Viktor Kapitonov)

Quotes about cycling

Failures and sports

Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed. (LeBron James)

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. (Michael Jordan)

Nothing sucks more than 2nd place. (Eric Meijer)

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)

You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment! (Aly Raisman)

Many times, I had to dig deep and perform. All of that adversity helped me and drove me to want to be the best. (Hayley Wickenheiser)

Life and sports

A sporting life is an empty heroic life. (Jean Giraudoux)

Sporting competition is a parable that perfectly illustrates the great race of life. (Claude Lelouch)

Sport is a complete escape from life. (Francois Hertel)

For me, sport is an escape from reality. (Tamás Széchy)

My life consists of training, religion, sleep and meals. (Khabib Nurmagomedov)

Sport is self-transcendence. Sport is a school of life. (Aimé Jacquet)

Sports life is very short. (Sergei Bubka)

Sport is to everyday life as the sacred is to the profane. (Peter Sloterdijk)

It’s too bad that one has to conceive of sports as being the only arena where risks are, for all of life is risk exercise. That’s the only way to live more freely, and more interestingly. (William Sloane Coffin)

Physical education prolongs life by five years, but these five years must be spent in the gym! (Mikhail Zhvanetsky)

Winning and sports

Winning solves everything. (Tiger Woods)

Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won. (Billy Bowerman)

The winner is not the one who is stronger, but the one who is ready to go to the end. (Fedor Emelianenko)

Winning is a habit leadership is calmly maintaining that habit against all odds. (Amit Ray)

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning. (Pele)

Success isn’t owned, it’s leased. And rent is due every day. (J.J. Watt)

Moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. (Martina Navratilova)

The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t win’ is you and you don’t have to listen. (Jessica Ennis-Hill)

I don’t know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports. (Richard M. Nixon)

Team and sports

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story. (Casey Stengel)

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. (Babe Ruth)

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. (Mia Hamm)

A team is shaped by the handwriting of the coach. Sometimes he writes indistinctly. (Martina Wichor)

Individual performances are not the most important. We win and we lose as a team. (Zinedine Zidane)

You’ll score a lot of goals in your career but not one of them will happen without the help of a teammate. (Abby Wambach)

In football, everything is complicated by the presence of the opposing team. (Jean Paul Sartre)

Politics and sports

The thing I love about politics and sports is that there is an end goal — winning — and there are indeed winners and losers. (James Carville)

In sport, you win a big tournament or a big race for yourself. In politics, you achieve your goal for others. (Francois Bayrou)

I try to stay away from politics, but I am quite aware of the events taking place in the world. (Maria Sharapova)

Compared to politics, I think sports is funnier, because it’s inconsequential. And politics can be real important and all that. The more pointless something is, the funnier it is, you know? (Norm MacDonald)

It’s the same in international sport as in politics: there are more officials than active people. (Wolfgang J. Reus)

Political columnists and sports pundits are rewarded for being overconfident. (Daniel Kahneman)

Society and sports

Sports are a microcosm of society. (Billie Jean King)

Football is the ballet of the masses. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. (George F. Will)

Sport is an important aspect of mass manipulation. (Monique Corriveau)

Sport amuses the masses, eats their minds and dumbs them down. (Thomas Bernhard)

The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand. (Howard Cosell)

If the sportsman has such a place in our media, it is because he is the perfect symbol of our aimless societies, whose motto could be all that for that. (Laurent Sourisseau)

Swimming and sports

Swimming is one of the hardest sports. (Stephanie Rice)

The reason swimming is one of the hardest sports is because you have to be in the pool by yourself every day, making that sacrifice. There’s no time to do anything else. (Chad le Clos)

When I swim I feel like no one is able to stop me. (Mark Spitz)

No one ever watched competitive swimming. (Peter O’Toole)

Swimming is probably the ultimate of burnout sports. It’s ironic because millions of people who swim as their regular exercise love the meditation aspect of it; you don’t wind up with any orthopedic injuries. But when you swim at a world class level for hours and hours – the loneness of the long distance runner. (Diana Nyad)

Quotes about swimming

People and sports

Sports not only build better athletes but also better people. (Julie Foudy)

I think that every single person should play sports. (Donovan Bailey)

The most successful achievers in sports are people that are really driven and have that spirit of hunger. (Rei Kawakubo)

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man’s moral nature. (Thorstein Veblen)

Sports do not build character. They reveal it. (Heywood Broun)

In sport, man regains his rights. He regains discipline, the only sweet freedom. (Pierre Drieu La Rochelle)

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. (William James)

Attitude to sports

O sport , you are the world! (Pierre de Coubertin)

Because I just like sports, I like athletics and I like competition. (Trishelle Cannatella)

I am really passionate about sports in general — especially water sports. (Enrique Iglesias)

My favorite sport: the siesta. (Yves Mirande)

Sport is a waste of time for a waste of energy. Below the sport is a change only to its spectator. (Marina Tsvetaeva)

I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense. (H.L. Mencken)

Sports are the opium of the people… Sports spectacles, football and hockey make fools out of us. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

Money and sports

I think money in general hurts all sports. (Will McDonough)

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

I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. (Shaquille O’Neal)

Money was never the motivation. It never should be in sports. (Katarina Witt)

Don’t sell yourself short because without that you can’t go far in life because after sports the only thing you know is sports and you can’t do anything else with that. (Bo Jackson)

Motivation and sports

You’ve got to be confident when you’re competing. You’ve got to be a beast. (Gabby Douglas)

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)

You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours. (Herb Brooks)

Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too. (Pat Tyson)

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. (Wayne Gretzky)


A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t. (Jack Dempsey)

Champions keep playing until they get it right. (Billie Jean King)

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning. (Pat Riley)

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. (Wayne Gretzky)

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. (Muhammad Ali)

Business and sports

Professional sports is a business. (Lynn Swann)

I mean, sports are big, big, big business. (Phil Lesh)

What used to be a sports movement is now a money machine. (Willy Meurer)

Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. (Lewis H. Lapham)

We wanted Nike to be the world’s best sports and fitness company. Once you say that, you have a focus. You don’t end up making wing tips or sponsoring the next Rolling Stones world tour. (Phil Knight)

Self improvement and sports

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

The ability to conquer one’s self is no doubt the most precious of all things that sports bestows. (Olga Korbut)

Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential. (Liane Cardes)

Breaking records is the fixed idea of ​​a true sportsman, and there is a kind of usurpation by the body of this Christian spiritual vocation: to surpass oneself. (François Mauriac)

Mind and sports

The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Sport is becoming a favorite subject of reflection and will soon become the only method of thinking. (Vasily Klyuchevsky)

Behind every kick in a ball, there must be an idea. (Dennis Berghamp)

Football is popular because stupidity is popular. (Jorge Luis Borges)

Olympic Games

Taking part is more important than winning. (Pierre de Coubertin)

Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture. (Juan Antonio Samaranch)

All the world championships combined are not worth the Olympics. (Aleksandr Karelin)

The Olympic Games must not be an end in itself, they must be a means of creating a vast programme of physical education and sports competitions for all young people. (Avery Brundage)

The Olympic Games are held under the sign of the five brass knuckles. (Werner Schneyder)

War and sports

Sports is like a war without the killing. (Ted Turner)

Acceptable Dialectical Negation of War: Sport. (Manfred Hinrich)

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. (George Orwell)

Pleasure and sports

Sport develops the molecule of pleasure. (Jose Garcia)

You have to learn to enjoy a competition. (Katarina Witt)

There is nothing better than the feeling you get when you greet the audience after a victory. (Maria Sharapova)

To me, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing. Whatever you do in cricket and in sport, enjoy it, be positive and try to win. (Ian Botham)


Sports don’t define us; it is not what we live for. (Michael Wilbon)

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

I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant. (Kobe Bryant)

The cross of a top athlete has to be wide — because of the advertising space. (Oliver Hassencamp)

Awards and sports

In sport, only talent and money make the medals. (Michel H.A. Patin)

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

A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever. (Mary Lou Retton)

Emotions and sports

Sport is all about thrills. (John Dion)

I’m not going to change and get the emotions out of my game. It’s important to have emotions in sport. If you don’t have emotions, it’s like you don’t really care. Because if you care about something, you’re always going to be emotional. Doesn’t matter if it’s sports or personal life. (Alexander Zverev)

Time and sports

In fitness, the body only eats free time… (Elmar Kupke)

There’s something about beautiful moments in sports that alters our experience of time. And I’d say the same thing about poetry and gardening. Gardening slows me down. I want to stop and observe everything. (Ross Gay)

Game and sports

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

You’re playing a game, whether it’s Little League or Game 7 of the World Series. It’s impossible to do well unless you’re having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there’s pressure. But I just look at it as fun. (Derek Jeter)

Age and sports

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

In sports… you play from the time you’re eight years old, and then you’re done forever. (Joe Montana)

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn’t play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again. (Hugo Black)

Running and sports

Every race proves a new opportunity to educate myself about what it means to be a runner and what it means to run. (Jill Grunenwald)

Even if we train for a specific race, running is a lifelong sport. (Alberto Salazar)

When I started, I didn’t expect to compete. I liked to run, that’s all. (Stéphane Diagana)

Quotes about running

Mountaineering and sports

Mountaineering is more than sport. It’s a passion. (Herman Buhl)

The sensory side cannot be excluded. Of course, one can say of a mountaineer that he prepares like any other athlete. But for him, getting ready also means establishing a relationship with the mountain, soaking it up. (Jean-Christophe Lafaille)

Quotes about mountaineering

Men and sports

Men practice stress as if it were a sport. (Madeleine Ferron)

If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game or pennant race. (Marilyn Monroe)

Concentration and sports

It’s important to spend 90 minutes thinking about the next game with full concentration. (Lothar Matthäus)

I learned early in sports that to be effective — for a player to play the best he can play — is a matter of concentration and being unaware of distractions, positive or negative. (Tom Landry)

Love and sports

Love is a sport. Especially if one of them doesn’t want to. (Jean-Yanne)

Making love is like going to the gym. A sport like any other. Except that we are two. (Aurore Guitry)

I wonder why everything has become so sporty these days when it comes to sexuality. (Hildegard Knef)

Losing weight and sports

Sport is a very bad idea: it makes you fat when you stop! (Michele Bernier)

Paradox: The more you lose weight while running, the heavier your legs become. (Gerhard Uhlenbruck)

Quotes about losing weight

Snowboarding and sports

There are no rules in snowboarding. (Amy Purdy)

I wouldn’t even call snowboarding a sport. For me it’s just a way of life. (Travis Rice)

Quotes about snowboarding


A rabid sports fan is one that boos a TV set. (Jimmy Cannon)

If the English have invented many sports, it is because, as soon as they feel overtaken in one of them by a foreign nation, they invent another. (Peter Ustinov)

Among the topics of sports quotes, I would highlight winning, team, champions, motivation, workout, emotions.

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