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The 40 Best Michael Jordan Quotes

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Michael Jordan was perhaps the best basketball player of all time. You don’t become the best without learning a few things about persistence, motivation, and success.

We’ve combed through Michael Jordan’s writing and interviews and found some of his most inspirational quotes. Share your favorite, and no matter what, keep on trying.

I’d failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.Michael Jordan

I’ve never lost a game. I just ran out of time.Michael Jordan


Everybody has talent but ability takes hard work.Michael Jordan

No brain, no gain. Stay in school.Michael Jordan

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

I can accept failure but I can’t accept not trying.Michael Jordan

Work ethics eliminates fear.Michael Jordan

The key to success is failure.Michael Jordan

People ask me if I could fly. I said, yeah.. For a little while.Michael Jordan

If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit.Michael Jordan

Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.Michael Jordan

To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.Michael Jordan

If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no short cuts in life.Michael Jordan

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.Michael Jordan

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

Make it happen.Michael Jordan

I’ve never been afraid to fail.Michael Jordan

If nobody will help you, do it alone.Michael Jordan

All I knew is that I never wanted to be average.Michael Jordan

When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.Michael Jordan

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.Michael Jordan


Some people dream of success. While others wake up and work hard at it.Michael Jordan

Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.Michael Jordan

My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.Michael Jordan

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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

I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.Michael Jordan

Even when I’m old and grey I won’t be able to play it but I’ll still love the game.Michael Jordan

There is no “I” in team but there is in win.Michael Jordan

The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.Michael Jordan

Excellence isn’t a one-week or one-year ideal. It’s a constant.Michael Jordan

You have to be un-compromised in your level of commitment to whatever you are doing, or it can disappear as fast as it appeared. Commitment cannot be compromised by rewards.Michael Jordan

I realized that I’m black but I like to be viewed as a person and this is everyone’s wish.Michael Jordan

What is love? Love is playing every game as if it’s your last.Michael Jordan

Fear is an obstacle for some people, it is an illusion to me.Michael Jordan

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them: everybody has had them.Michael Jordan

You have to rise to our level. We’re not going to drop down to yours.Michael Jordan

One of the keys to success is having the discipline to do something , even when you don’t feel like doing it.Michael Jordan

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