Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions
are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire,
a dream, a vision. Muhammad Ali American Boxer and three times World Heavyweight
Doctors and scientists said that 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 After becoming first person to break four-minute
When I step onto the court, I don't have to think about anything.
If I have a problem off the court, I find that after I play,
my mind is clearer and I can come up with a better solution.
It's like therapy. It relaxes me and allows me to solve problems. Michael Jordan American basketball player.
My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell
myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed.
If you run your race, you'll win....Channel your energy. Focus. Carl Lewis American athlete and winner 9 Olympic gold
My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's
why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give
back. If it works, it works. Tiger Woods American golfer, one of most successful
of all time.
Some people believe football is a matter of life and death.
I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it
is much, much more important than that. Bill Shankly English soccer manager.
Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,'
probably lost. Martina Navratilova American tennis player.
Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial,
hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. Vince Lombardi American football coach.
Champions keep playing until they get it right. Billy Jean King American tennis player.
I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's
accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures. Earl Warren Chief Justice of the United States.
Football is all very well a good game for rough girls, but not
for delicate boys. Oscar Wilde Irish writer.
I'll let the racket do the talking. John McEnroe American tennis player.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Roy Keane Irish soccer player and English football
When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget
it is a competition. Katarina Witt German figure skater.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.
I beat people up. Muhammad Ali American boxer.
Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele.
I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be
like a soccer player, but how to be like a man. Pele Brazilian soccer player, considered possibly
Golf is a good walk spoiled. Mark Twain
Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an
even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for
the purpose. Winston Churchill
If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation.
If you work at it, it's golf. Bob Hope
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Muhammad Ali American boxer.
The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented
cricket to give them some idea of eternity. George Bernard Shaw
I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent
postures. Oscar Wilde Irish writer.
I am a winner. I just didn't win today. Greg Norman Australian golf champion.
People don't win because they're physically stronger. It's because
they're stronger between the ears. Alex Shaffer American alpine skier.
You work your whole life to try to be the best you can, even
if it's for only one day or one week. Lindsay Davenport American tennis champion.
I never ran 1000 miles. I could never have done that. I ran
one mile 1000 times. Stu Mittleman American ultra-distance runner.
If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them,
they've won. Mia Hamm American World Cup Soccer champion.
Football is a mistake. It combines two of the worst things about
American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings. George Will American journalist and author.
Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like
anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll
have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. Vincent Lombardi American NFL football coach.
I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money.
I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. Shaquille O'Neal American basketball player.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You
may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world,
but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime. Babe Ruth American baseball great.
Men forget everything; women remember everything. That's why
men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten
what happened. Rita Rudner
To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no
choreography, and the dancers hit each other. Jack Handey
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the
fight in the dog! Archie Griffin American football player and two time Heisman
Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques
and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals,
acquiring the experience is a matter of time. Greg LeMond American champion cyclist and three times
winner of Tour de France.
If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's
that girls should stick to girls' sports, such as hot oil wrestling,
foxy boxing, and such and such. Homer Simpson
You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose
again, and then losing becomes a habit. Joe Paterno American football coach.
If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you
have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve
your performance, or just finish the race it's up to you. Dave Scott American tri-athlete and six-time Ironman
There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either
IN or you're OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between. Pat Riley NBA Basketball Coach.
Cricket is basically baseball on valium. Robin Williams
It ain't over 'til it's over. Yogi Berra American baseball player.
I'll always be Number 1 to myself! Moses Malone American basketball player.
Sport is a preserver of health. Hippocrates Greek 'father of medicine'.
The difference between a successful person and others is not
a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack
of will. Vince Lombardi American football coach.
This is really a lovely horse, I once rode her mother. Ted Walsh Irish horse racing commentator.
You have to have the mentality of executing your game when you
don't feel like there's a lot of hope. I think the best feeling
is when somebody pushes you to the limit and you dig down a
little bit extra. By the same token, you also need a little
luck. Sometimes they come together. Andre Agassi American tennis champion.
You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others.
That's the mark of a true professional. Joe Paterno American football coach.
If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it. Ronnie Lott American professional NFL player.
Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being
good at them! Jimmy Demaret American golfer.
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can
do for your teammates. Magic Johnson American NBA basketball star.
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. George Orwell The Sporting Spirit.
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain
confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're
in control. Tom Landry American football player and coach.
Football doesn't build character, it reveals character! Marv Levy American NFL football coach.
If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to
beat. Herschel Walker American NFL football player.
Sometimes you're the pigeon, and sometimes you're the statue. Bernie Bickerstaff American NBA basketball coach.
To succeed...You need to find something to hold on to, something
to motivate you, something to inspire you. Tony Dorsett American NFL football player.
I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything
like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the
game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to
hate your enemies. Will Rogers American actor.
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 America baseball player.
The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players
to break. John Madden American broadcaster, football coach and
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. Vince Lombardi American football coach.
One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't
do you any good. Abe Lemons American basketball coach.
Most games are lost, not won! Casey Stengel American baseball player and manager.
It's not whether you win or lose - but whether I win or lose! Sandy Lyle Scottish golfer.
A lifetime of training for just ten seconds! Jesse Owens American Olympic sprinting gold medalist.
I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles. Sam Snead American golfer.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run
with hope in his heart and dreams in his head. Emil Zatopek Czechoslovakian runner and winner four
Olympic gold medals.
If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? Vince Lombardi American NFL Coach.
Football's a difficult business and aren't they prima donnas.
But it's a wonderful game. Queen Elizabeth II To English soccer's Premier League Chairman
Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming
a better player. Mia Hamm American female soccer star.
My mind is my biggest asset. I expect to win every tournament
I play. Tiger Woods American golf champion.
It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world
is when one is playing golf. Robert Lynd Irish Writer.
The more I practice, the luckier I get. Gary Player South African golfer, generally regarded
as one of the greatest players.
If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who
comes up on the short end. Julius Erving American basketball player.
So you wish to conquer in the Olympic games, my friend? And
I too, by the Gods, and a fine thing it would be. But first
mark the conditions and the consequences, and then set to work.
You will have to put yourself under discipline; to eat by rule,
to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed
hour whether you like it or no, in cold and heat; to abstain
from cold drinks and from wine at your will; in a word, to give
yourself over to the trainer as to a physician. Then in the
conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist
or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust, or to
be severely thrashed, and, after all these things, to be defeated. Epictetus Greek Stoic philosopher.
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner
ended. George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright.