These best motivational quotes for athletes are for those who are at any stage in their pursuit to achieve their fitness or career goals.
You cannot achieve anything great without being motivated. Whether it is your next game, your career, or your fitness goals, these inspirational sports quotes from great people, including athletes, will inspire you to make it big. Live by these quotes, and you will be able to make a huge difference in your achievements.
Share these motivational quotes for athletes with friends and loved ones. You may never know the difference these quotes can make in the lives of others too.
Sports Motivational Quotes
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.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
Billie Jean King
When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
Inspirational sports quotes
If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?
You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Frank L. Gaines
Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.
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.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.
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.
I’ve missed more than 9,000 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.
It doesn’t matter what your background is and where you come from, if you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters.
There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.
A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.
I’ve never aspired to be a leader. I have only focused on doing things that I felt were important.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.
Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.
Boos don’t block dunks.
I just come do what I’ve got to do, play my game. And I don’t worry if anybody likes it.
If it is easy, then you are doing it wrong.
The most valuable player is the one that makes the most players valuable.
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.
The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.
I think luck falls on not just the brave but also the ones who believe they belong there.
Motivational Quotes for Athletes
You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.
If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
The five S’s of sports training are stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.
The knowledge that everything good can be taken away at any second is what makes me work so hard.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
Quotes About Motivation
When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
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.
Be the hardest working person you can be. That’s how you separate yourself from the competition.
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
There’s always a point where you get knocked down. But I draw on what I’ve learned on the track: If you work hard, things will work out.
Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.
The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.
If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.
Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Good is not good when better is expected.
Best Inspirational Quotes for Athletes
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
George Halas – Read about the Chicago Bears Franchise.
Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.
Make each day your masterpiece.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.
Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.
There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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