Top 20 Greatest Sports Quotes

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Top 20 Greatest Sports Quotes

Just as every sport has its inspirational moments, so every sport has its inspirational figures who both do and say memorable things which the sporting world will never forget. From Tiger Woods to Muhammad Ali, here's the pick of some of the best sports quotes ever said.

Just as every sport has its inspirational moments, so every sport has its inspirational figures who both do and say memorable things which the sporting world will never forget. From Tiger Woods to Muhammad Ali, here's the pick of some of the best sports quotes ever said.


The joy I get from winning a major championship doesn’t even compare to the feeling I get when a kid writes a letter saying: ‘Thank you so much. You have changed my life.'
-Tiger Woods

Some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over; it is now.
-Kenneth Wolstenholme, before and after England went 4-2 up against West Germany

An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
-Distance runner Emil Zatopek

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
-Rogers Hornsby

Doctors and scientists said breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.
-Roger Bannister breaking the 4-minute mile mark

I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six 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.
-Michael Jordan

Whoever said 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts' probably lost.
-Martina Navratilova

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses − behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
-One of many from boxing legend Muhammad Ali

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
-Billie Jean King

When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his or her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.
-Don Bradman

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.
-Steve Garvey

That's great, tell him he's Pele and get him back on.
-John Lambie, when told his concussed striker Colin McGlashan could not remember who he was

We had a good team on paper. Unfortunately, the game was played on grass.
-The indomitable Brian Clough

Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.
-Venus Williams

If you want to be the best, you have to do the things that other people aren't willing to do.
-Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps

If you're not fired with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm.
-Vince Lombardi, American football player/coach

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.
-Tennis legend Arthur Ashe

Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind.
-Athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can't tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.
-Jim Courier, Grand Slam tennis champion

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
-Swimmer Matt Biondi