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“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi. Here are 45 Inspirational Athlete Quotes.

Athlete Quotes

1. “Everybody’s got plans… until they get hit.” – Mike Tyson

2. “Life is gonna throw you curve balls and it’s how you deal with them and your attitude and your work ethic.” – Kerri Strug

3. “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph

4. “Winning solves everything.” — Tiger Woods

5. “I would have thought that the knowledge that you are going to be leapt upon by half-a-dozen congratulatory, but sweaty team-mates would be inducement not to score a goal.” – Arthur Marshall

6. “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” – Jim Valvano

7. “Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.” – Tommy Lasorda

8. “I’ve never lost a game. I just ran out of time.” — Michael Jordan

9. “I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.” – Arnold Palmer

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

11. “What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” – Andre Agassi

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

Athlete Quotes

13. “I wouldn’t let the boys down, no way. If my arm came off I’d still play.” — Jack Bird

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

15. “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath

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

17. “In sports, players need to be reminded of their competition to become motivated to practice. The same can be applied in business.” – Gavin McGinnis

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

19. “Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.” – Vince Lombardi

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

21. “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe

22. “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

23. “When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.” — Paul Brown

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

Athlete Quotes

25. “Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

26. “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” – Wayne Gretzky

27. “I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.” – Serena Williams

28. “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.”— George Steinbrenner

29. “Goals prepare Olympic athletes physically and mentally. Did you know that goals are used by sports psychologists in order to help athletes improve their performance?” – Paul Bailey

30. “To me the beauty of teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” – Coach Mike Krzyzewski

31. “I mean, it’s not important what kind of pants you were; it’s how you wear them.” – Ronnie Lott

32. “No matter how much you’ve won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you’re not winning now, so you stink.” — Bill Parcells

33. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

34. “Some may have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone working harder than you do.” – John Tavares

35. “Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.” – Usain Bolt

36. “Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.” — Billie Jean King

Athlete Quotes

37. “You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place.” – James Lane Allen

38. “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer

39. “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra

40. “It ain’t over till it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

41. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi

42. “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

43. “I am no genius; I just worked hard like my other teammates, and I believe all my teammates can win the title as they work hard, too.” – Lin Dan

44. “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” — Vin Scully

45. “In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” – Tommy Lasorda

46. “So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can’t be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach.” – Michael Phelps

47. “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

48. “For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.” — Emmitt Smith


Best Athlete Quotes

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“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”– Ronnie Lott
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“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”– Herschel Walker
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“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

Ian Warmer

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Ian Warner has spent over 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete. He went on to become an All-American sprinter at Iowa State, and he represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics. Ian founded Habit Stacker and dedicated his life to helping people to develop winning habits.

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