Sports Quotes

Most popular sports quotes

Life is about timing.
Nice guys finish last.
Fans don't boo nobodies.
Nobody roots for Goliath.
All sports for all people.
Most games are lost, not won.
Sport is a preserver of health.
All sports are games of inches.
Losing is the great American sin.

losing

Sports are a microcosm of society.
Sports is human life in microcosm.
I'll let the racket do the talking.

tennis

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
Sports is the toy department of life.
The more I practice, the luckier I get.

practice

I don't know. I never smoked AstroTurf.
Bulls do not win bull fights. People do.
If horses can't eat it, I won't play on it.
A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.

practice

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

character

Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture.
Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing.
I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.
Sports do not build character.  They reveal it.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
It's kind of hard to rally around a math class.
Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.

losing

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.

famous

Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.

competition

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
Defeat is worse than death because you live with defeat.
It's like going into a nuclear war with bows and arrows.
In America, it is sport that is the opiate of the masses.
It's not whether you win or lose—but whether I win or lose.
I just keep it simple. Watch the ball and play it on merit.
It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans.
I do not in the least object to a sport because it is rough.
The battle of waterloo was won on the playing field of Eton.
Winning isn't overrated—it's your acceptance of being rated.

winning & losing

The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it's the opposition.

motivational

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
Sports figures are to the '70s what movie stars were to the '60s.
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.

baseball cricket

The ball is man's most disastrous invention, not excluding the wheel.
Fans are the only ones who really care. There are no free-agent fans.
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.

play

I have never thought where I will go, or forced any targets on myself.
The trouble with referees is that they just don't care which side wins.
Show me a good loser in professional sports and I'll show you an idiot.
What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport.
Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all?
Do you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
Every day you guys look worse and worse. And today you played like tomorrow.
The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.
At least with me, the match starts much, much earlier than the actual match.
The thing about sport, any sport, is that swearing is very much a part of it.
I...hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense.
I'm not buddy-buddy with the players. If they need a buddy, let them buy a dog.
American professional athletes are bilingual; they speak English and profanity.
It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.
I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.

winning & losing

Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.

football

A tough day at the office is even tougher when your office contains spectator seating.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.
Greek philosophers considered sport a religious and civic—in a word, moral—undertaking.
Just give me 25 guys on the last year of their contracts; I'll win a pennant every year.
How a man plays the game shows something of his character; how he loses shows all of it.
— Tribune (Camden County, Georgia)

character

I believe every era has its significance and the same holds true for players and coaches.
Giving your body a chance to exult, however you choose to do it, is the essence of sport.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.

motivational

Every individual has his own style, his own way of presenting himself on and off the field.
In play there are two pleasures for your choosing—the one is winning, and the other losing.
My only feeling about superstition is that it's unlucky to be behind at the end of the game.
We are inclined that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it.
Officials are the only guys who can rob you and then get a police escort out of the stadium.
If one man is representing India in cricket, then yes, blame that person when things go wrong.

teamwork

In the field of sports you are more or less accepted for what you do rather than what you are.
If I lose at play, I blaspheme; if my fellow loses, he blasphemes. So, God is always the loser.
If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out.
If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death.
If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you're going to have problems. You'll be dead a lot.
Every sport pretends to a literature, but people don't believe it of any other sport but their own.
Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.
Like alcohol, sports doesn't lie.  What it reveals about a person under its influence was just hiding.
The key is not the 'will to win'—everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.

practice

If you got the game, you got the game. That's why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.
Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.

motivational

Finish last in your league and they call you Idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you Doctor.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
I don't think the discus will ever attract any interest until they let us start throwing them at one another.
As a manager, you always have a gun to your head. It's a question of whether there is a bullet in the barrel.
Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.

basketball

And that is the reason why this victory is great, because different players have made contributions to the win.

teamwork

Sport is something that does not matter, but is performed as if it did.  In that contradiction lies its beauty.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
The Russians have a weapon that can wipe out 280,000 Americans. That puts them exactly ten years behind Howard Cosell.
The umpire ... is like the geyser in the bathroom; we cannot do without it, yet we notice it only when it is out of order.
Upon the fields of friendly strife
Are sown the seeds
That, upon other fields, on other days
Will bear the fruits of victory.

victory

To dope the racer is as criminal, as sacrilegious, as trying to imitate God; it is stealing from God the privilege of the spark.
October is not only a beautiful month but marks the precious yet fleeting overlap of hockey, baseball, basketball, and football.
Competition provides spice in life as well as in sports; it's only when the spice becomes the entire diet that the player gets sick.

competition

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball, and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.

baseball basketball football

If only Hitler and Mussolini could have a good game of bowls once a week at Geneva, I feel that Europe would not be as troubled as it is.
It is all very well to say that a man should play for the pure love of the game. Perhaps he ought, but to the working man it is impossible.
I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man's failures.
You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.
I always turn to the sports section first.  The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man's failures.
All a manager has to do is keep eleven players happy—the eleven in the reserves. The first team are happy because they are in the first team.
If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.

African-Americans

I'm fanatical about sport: there seems to me something almost religious about the fact that human beings can organize play, the spirit of play.
Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through. Sport gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves.
As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day.
I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it's a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there.
Generally speaking, I look upon them as dangerous and tiring activities performed by people with whom I share nothing except the right to trial by jury.
I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty per cent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.
The essence of sports is that while you're doing it, nothing else matters, but after you stop, there is a place, generally not very important, where you would put it.
When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up. It's like the Constitution, which says separate church and state. You have to separate mind and body.
Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.
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.

funny

People understand contests. You take a bunch of kids throwing rocks at random and people look askance, but if you go and hold a rock-throwing contest—people understand that.
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.

defeat winning & losing

Everything about sport is derived from the hunt: there is no sport in existence that does not base itself either on the chase or on aiming, the two key elements of primeval hunting.
Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you're in a slump. If you lose at the end, you're choking.

losing

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.

teamwork

The finish line is sometimes merely the symbol of victory. All sorts of personal triumphs take place before that point, and the outcome of the race may actually be decided long before the end.

practice

There isn't a single professional sports season now that doesn't go on at least a month too long. Baseball starts in football weather, and football in baseball weather, and basketball overlaps them both.
When it comes to sports I am not particularly interested. Generally speaking, I look upon them as dangerous and tiring activities performed by people with whom I share nothing except the right to trial by jury.
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.
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.
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.

failure success

I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give it up. I'm only six feet tall, so I couldn't play basketball. I'm only 190 pounds, so I couldn't play football. And I have 20-20 vision, so I couldn't be a referee.
Most people are in a factory from nine till five. Their job may be to turn out 263 little circles. At the end of the week they're three short and somebody has a go at them. On Saturday afternoons they deserve something to go and shout about.
Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness ... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.
First there are those who are winners and know they are winners. Then there are the losers who know they are the losers. Then there are those who are not winners but don't know it. They are the ones for me. They never quit trying. They are the soul of our game.

football

A player who conjugates a verb in the first person singular cannot be part of the squad, he has to conjugate the verb in the first person plural. We. We want to conquer. We are going to conquer. Using the word "I" when you're in a group makes things complicated.

teamwork

I have never recommended anybody to go into coaching, cause if they have enough on the ball, if they do without coaching, they should do without it. If they put as much work into it and spend as much time, the rewards are going to be much better in something else.
It is a noteworthy fact that kicking and beating have played so considerable a part in the habits which necessity has imposed on mankind in past ages that the only way of preventing civilized men from beating and kicking their wives is to organize games in which they can kick and beat balls.
Radio football is football reduced to its lowest common denominator. Shorn of the game's aesthetic pleasures, or the comfort of a crowd that feels the same way as you, or the sense of security that you get when you see that your defenders and goalkeeper are more or less where they should be, all that is left is naked fear.

football

I don't believe professional athletes should be role models. I believe parents should be role models .... It's not like it was when I was growing up. My mom and my grandmother told me how it was going to be. If I didn't like it, they said, 'Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.' Parents have to take better control.
Competition in play teaches the love of the free spirit to excel by its own merit. A nation that has not forgotten how to play, a nation that fosters athletics, is a nation that is always holding up the high ideal of equal opportunity for all. Go back through history and find the nations that did not play and had no outdoor sports, and you will find nations of oppressed peoples.
Sports are too much with us. Late and soon, sitting and watching—mostly watching on television—we lay waste our powers of identification and enthusiasm and, in time, attention as more and more closing rallies and crucial putts and late field goals and final playoffs and sudden deaths and world records and world championships unreel themselves ceaselessly before our half-lidded eyes.
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 ... there are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators.
Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. The mounting of this illusion defines the purpose and accounts for the immense wealth of American sports. It is the ceremony of innocence that the fans pay to see—not the game or the match or the bout, but the ritual portrayal of a world in which time stops and all hope remains plausible, in which everybody present can recover the blameless expectations of a child, where the forces of light always triumph over the powers of darkness.
Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and the future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.