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The 40 Most Motivational Sports Quotes

Sometimes you need a little motivation to get off the couch. Whether you play basketball, football, or you just like to run until your legs are numb, we’ve collected some of the most motivational sports quotes from some of the brightest minds, and greatest athletes.

It’s time to get moving.

Sorted Sports Quotes

Baseball Running Climbing Leadership


Michael Jordan Vince Lombardi

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take Wayne Gretzky

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. George S. Patton

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A one hour work out is only 4% of your day. No. Excuses Unknown

Each day you must choose, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Eric Mangini

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. Steve Prefontaine

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. Jules Renard

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. Babe Ruth

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination. Tommy Lasorda


I hated every moment of training, but I said “don’t quit”. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. Muhamad Ali

There are two types of pain in this world: Pain that hurts you and pain that changes you. Unknown

Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly. Shaq

No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable Socrates

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


Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Mike Tyson

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. Lance Armstrong

I believe that good things come to those who work. Wilt Chamberlain

Every passion has its destiny. Billy Mills

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

Setbacks are opportunities for major comebacks. Travis Wynn

Your biggest hurdle isn’t your opponent, it is yourself. Brandon Todd

Man cannot remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor. Alexis Carrel

If you can accept losing, you can’t win. Vince Lombardi

When you’re a team of one, you’re always captain. Unknown


Even the great get greater by doing more of it. Colleen Wainwright

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

It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit. George Sheehan

It’s no shame to fall down, but it is a shame to just stay down. Miroslav Klose


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

Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else. Vince Lombardi

Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Muhamad Ali

We don’t live in our fears, we live in our hopes. Mike Tomlin

You will never reach perfect physical fitness. You are only working towards it, or away from it. Unknownunkn

Every man is the builder of a temple called his body. Henry David Thoreau

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding. Jim Valvano


Running is a lot like life. Only 10 percent of it is exciting. 90 percent of it is slog and drudge. Dave Bedford

I have an uncompromising relationship with my goals. Diana Nyad

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