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 coming back from injury or setbacks in their pursuit of excellence.
While everyone loves a good comeback story, what most folks don’t see is all the training and works that goes 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 stared an injury in the face and came 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, 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.
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 that 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 Quotes
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.
— Tom McGowan & Mike O’Halloran
Tom and Mike are sportswriters who live in the Twin Cities.
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