Sports Motivational Quotes

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The following are some of the best sports motivational quotes I have ever read. Often I will share these and others as appropriate in my keynote speeches to high schools, colleges, professional or Olympic teams. I hope you enjoy these and please contact me to let me know which ones are your favorite sports motivational quotes!

"If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It's in my blood." -Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, my favorite coach of all time, from my Alma Mater, The University of Alabama

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” - Vince Lombardi

“The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.”-- Vince Lombardi

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”-- Vince Lombardi

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

“It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.”-- Willie Mays

“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”-- Arthur Ashe

“Make the present good, and the past will take care of itself.”-- Knute Rockne

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

“Success is about having, excellence is about being …. being the best you can be.”-- Mike Ditka

“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.” — Lynn Jennings

"The will to win means nothing, if you haven't the will to prepare." - Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner

"I cannot have survival as my only goal. That would be too boring. My goal is to come back in my best running form. It is good for me to have that goal; it will help me." - Ludmila Engquist (this sports motivational quote from Olympic champion hurdler, Ludmila Engquist, wile facing cancer and chemotherapy)

“The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.”-- Edward C. Simmons

“You can't make a great play unless you do it first in practice.”-- Chuck Noll

“Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.” — Serena Williams, eight-time winner of the Australian Open

"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." - Steve Prefontaine

“If you want to touch the other shore badly enough, barring an impossible situation, you will. If your desire is diluted for any reason, you’ll never make it.” — Diana Nyad, swam 102.5 miles between Bahamas and Jupiter, Fla., for a world long distance record

“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.” — Wilma Rudolph, Olympic gold medalist, the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympic Games

“If you sacrifice early, you'll win late.”-- Charles Haley

“We must respect the rights and properties of our fellowman. And then learn to play the game of life, as well as the game of athletics, according to the rules of society. If you can take that and put it into practice in the community in which you live, then, to me you have won the greatest championship.” – Jesse Owens

“The Six W's: Work will win when wishing won't.”-- Todd Blackledge

“Do your absolute best to win –But if you lose –Don’t get bitter, get better!” – Al Argo

Ok, the following is one of my favorite sports motivational quotes! Stay tuned for an entire section on Paul “Bear” Bryant.

"You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat. Then you've got yourself a team."- Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, my favorite coach of all time, from my Alma Mater, The University of Alabama

I know you’ve enjoyed these sports motivational quotes – by the way, have you exercised today? I dare you to put in more effort then ever before! Do it NOW!

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