Great comeback quotes can help inspire you to turn your setbacks into comebacks.
Dealing with adversity is one of the most difficult and endearing lessons in sports. Use these quotes to inspire and motivate players returning from injury or setbacks in their pursuit of excellence.
While everyone loves a good comeback story, most folks don’t see all the training and work that go into one. Hopefully, these carefully selected words will serve as inspiration and motivation.
Best Comeback Quotes
1.) Turn every setback into a comeback.
2.) It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
3.) You’re never a loser until you quit trying.
4.) You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.
5.) I’m coming back. Write it down in big letters. I’m not going out like this.
6.) Never, ever give up.
7.) The mark of a great champion is the one who can get up off the mat and win.
8.) A champion is defined by the adversity he overcomes.
9.) No athlete is truly tested until they’ve started an injury in the face and come out on the other side stronger than ever.
10.) The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.
Good Comeback Quotes For Sports
11.) An injury is not just a process of recovery. It’s a process of discovery.
12.) My body could stand the crutches, but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.
Michael Jordan, on his retirement.
13.) Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.
14.) Going in, you want to play a perfect season and play throughout the whole entire season, but injuries are a part of basketball.
15.) I’ve dealt with adversity before and had injuries before. I didn’t let that slow me down. It just changed my attitude about the game.
16.) Injuries are a part of the game. Every athlete knows that.
17.) I think that’s one of the things I’ve learned through my injuries is that I need to play smarter.
18.) Injuries made people lose confidence in me, but I never lost confidence in myself.
19.) Every team deals with obstacles throughout the course of the season, and it’s as a unit that they need to be worked through. Injuries are part of the game, just like facing tough teams on the road or having one of your best players get into foul trouble.
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Injury Comeback Quotes
20.) Injuries can never be used as excuses.
21.) Injury taught me I need to learn how to face challenges.
22.) Injury, in general, teaches you to appreciate every moment. I’ve had my share of injuries throughout my career. It’s humbling. It gives you perspective. No matter how many times I’ve been hurt, I’ve learned from that injury and come back even more humble.
23.) Pain is weakness leaving the body.
24.) I had to develop the mentality and stay positive about making my comeback.
25.) I don’t know if God is a sports fan or not, but I do know this: He loves a good comeback.
26.) A comeback in gymnastics is almost impossible in itself.
27.) To persevere is important to everybody. Don’t give up. Don’t Give in. There is always an answer to everything.
28.) Injuries are our best teachers.
29.) Back before I injured my hip, I thought going to the gym was for wimps.
30.) I get Tweets every day from people telling me, hey, I’m going to overcome my injury or my illness. Cancer. Different diseases. I can beat it because Adrian Peterson showed me the determination and the willpower to be able to prosper and get through adversity whenever it comes.
Keep Pushing Quotations
40.) The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.
41.) Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
42.) I have overcome many difficult moments in my career.
43.) My family and I had to overcome a lot to get where we are today.
44.) Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue, you will change.
45.) If everything was going smoothly, you’d never build character.
46.) The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory; that’s the essence of it.
47.) Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.
48.) Be patient. Everything is coming together.
49.) Sports do not build character; they reveal it.
Inspirational Quotes For Athletes
50.) We were going to have to experiment, and we needed to develop our younger players. And a lot of the changes were because of injuries. But that’s where I give a lot of credit to the group in terms of being able to maintain things.
51.) Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
52.) Pain heals. Chicks dig scars.
53.) Don’t let an injury be the determining factor of who you are. Instead, try to use it as a learning experience.
54.) Now, I don’t take anything for granted.
55.) There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.
56.) Love is playing every game as if it’s your last.
57.) There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. And there will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.
58.) No matter how hard it is or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it.
59.) Life is not an accident.
Jay Williams, after his leg injury.
Encouraging Quotes For Sports
60.) What makes something special is not just what you have to gain but what you feel you there is to lose.
61.) It was the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.
Michael Jordan, on Tiger Woods Masters victory
62.) If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
63.) You hear about how many fourth-quarter comebacks that a guy has, and I think that means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters.
64.) It’s not about the setback; it’s about the comeback.
65.) Comeback is a good word, man.
66.) By making a comeback, I’m changing the attitude of people toward me. If I’d known that people would react so enthusiastically, I’d have done it years ago.
67.) That was a great comeback, probably one of the best that I’ve ever been involved in.
68.) I’m never going to be content with a comeback when we lose.
69.) This is our comeback year.
70.) It’s always great to see a comeback.
Short Comeback Quotes
71.) There’s no talent here. This is hard work; this is an obsession.
72.) The mental game is more about subtraction than addition.
73.) It was never easy. It’s not supposed to be easy.
Tiger Woods, on his comeback
74.) Success is not an accident; it is a choice.
75.) If you don’t fall, how are you going to know what getting up is like?
76.) If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?
77.) You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work for it.
78.) You either have a victory or an excuse. You can’t have both.
79.) Keep working when nobody is watching.
80.) Failures are expected by winners but are ignored by winners.
81.) A setback is a setup for a comeback.
82.) It’s always a comeback season for me.
83.) Most guys would have retired. Not me.
Inspiring Comeback Sayings
84.) I’ve grown most not from victories but from setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.
85.) That’s why I made a comeback in 1988. I knew there were chances of not making it, but I didn’t want to end up at sixty years old and say I should have tried when I was thirty-eight.
86.) I wanted to show the world that it can be done. Anything is possible with the right mindset. If you believe in yourself and you sacrifice and dedicate, with the right help, you can come back.
87.) Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
88.) I’m not looking for any excuses.
89.) A successful person never loses… They either win or learn!
Motivational Comeback Quotes
90.) It is not the size of the man that matters, but the size of his heart that matters.
91.) The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.
92.) Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and responsibility to pick yourself up.
93.) Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.
94.) The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
95.) Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
96.) During my 18 years, I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at-bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
Motivating Quotations For Sports
97.) I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
98.) It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
99.) Winners are not people who never fail but people who never quit.
100.) You can never make up for a lost day.
101.) It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right, no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. You never stop trying. I’m still trying.
102.) 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.
103.) When you’re crying, your tears may be watering the seeds of your comeback.
104.) There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.
Second Chance Quotes
105.) It’s not too late for a new beginning.
106.) Nothing is cooler and more attractive than a big comeback, and that’ll be me.
107.) I’ve always felt like the underdog, and I’m comfortable with that label.
108.) I always think of the good comebacks on the car ride home.
109.) To admit you want to have a comeback means you have to admit you weren’t what you were supposed to be. You dropped below your own standard.
110.) Your setback is just a setup for your comeback.
111.) A comeback is a setback that did its homework, learned the lesson, and then moved forward.
112.) There is nothing as sweet as a comeback when you are down and out, about to lose, and out of time.
Making A Comeback
113.) Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity.
114.) My comeback was not about winning or losing; it was about the feeling of being able to compete at the top level again.
115.) To uncover your true potential, you must first find your own limits, and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
116.) He’s been to the brink and came back. I guess when you lose your pride, even for just a moment, you realize how much it means to you.
117.) Don’t expect to always be great. Disappointments, failures, and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle.
118.) Nothing is cooler and more attractive than a big comeback, and that’ll be me.
119.) I am the underdog, and I want to prove that one can follow one’s dreams despite all the flaws and setbacks.
120.) When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.
121.) I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds.
122.) You may be in a tough time, but that setback is simply a setup for a greater comeback
123.) Always try to come back to your senses when in love because that’s the moment you become almost carried away by sensuality and sentiments.
Michael Bassey Johnson
124.) I was the undersized underdog who people never gave a chance. From that, the motivation to prove people wrong just grew and grew.
125.) Persevere like a seed; even when people try to bury you, flourish.
126.) Unfortunately, I am incapable of thinking up perfectly biting, split-second retorts in any language. The French even have a word for this: l’esprit de l’escali,r; staircase wit, something you only think of on the way out.
127.) Books can teach you many nice comebacks.
128.) The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.
129.) Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.
Never Give Up Quotes
130.) Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.
131.) I was sure I’d have the perfect answer sometime tonight.
132.) No one gets a free pass from them. Look not at these trials as setbacks. Rather, look at the lessons attached for your greatest personal comeback yet. You’ve got this.
Christine E. Szymanski
133.) Kindness is the key that opens the door of favor and beautiful surprises.
Michael Bassey Johnson
134.) I love being the underdog.
135.) A great champion deals with setbacks with a comeback.
Donna de Varona
136.) Never give up on yourself. Disappointments will happen. No one gets a free pass from them. Look not at these trials as setbacks. Rather, look at the lessons attached for your greatest personal comeback yet. You’ve got this.
137.) I never expect to lose. Even when I’m the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr
138.) I am often tongue-tied with strangers and have what the philosopher Monsieur Diderot calls l’esprit de l’escalier, staircase wit: only long after a remark is made to me will my imagination supply the thing I should have said in reply.
139.) I’m always making a comeback, but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.
140.) I feel blessed to have as many comebacks as I can.
141.) You only think of the best comeback when you leave.
142.) There’s a place in me that can really relate to being the underdog.
143.) I just think, as a people in general, we should always look at ourselves as the underdog, so we should always go harder than the next person.
144.) Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise.
145.) A minor setback paves the way for a major comeback.
Bonus Comeback Quotes
146.) The tougher the setback, the better the comeback.
Bernard Osei Annang
147.) Well, any good comeback needs some true believers.
148.) I’m making the comeback of the century.
149.) Those who mastered in the art of falling have no fear of rising!
Mehmet Murat ildan
150.) I am facing a challenge; I am not facing defeat. Remember this.
151.) You’re about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
152.) That’s the greatest comeback since Lazarus.
153.) Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
Winston S. Churchill
154.) I do a movie once every four years, and they call it a comeback.
155.) Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise.
156.) America loves a good comeback story!
Laura van den Berg
157.) Today’s struggle is tomorrow’s strength; today’s setback is tomorrow’s comeback.
By Tom McGowan and Mike O’Halloran
Tom and Mike are sportswriters who live in the Twin Cities.
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