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28 Most Famous Sports Quotes of All Time

For sports fans, sports are the epitome of hard work work and dedication. To get to the pinnacle of their sport, even the most naturally gifted athletes have to give it their all.

Yes, we watch sports for the excitement, but even moreso, we watch it for the drama. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a team come back to win that 4th series game after being down 0-3, or a fighter getting off the canvas to score a come from behind knock-out. Sports are about those incredible moments where sheer human will and desire overcomes the odds. These are the moments we remember. Even the most naturally talented athletes have to give it their all to get to the top of their sport.

Yes, we’re watching the thrill of sports, but we’re watching it for the drama, even moreso. There’s nothing more interesting than seeing a squad come back to win the match of the 4th series after being down 0-3, or a player coming off the canvas to score a come knock-out from behind. Sports are the incredible times in which pure human will and desire overcomes the odds. These are the times that we recall.

It’s no surprise, given the nature of sports, that athletes had some inspirational and motivational stuff to say about difficult job, management, perseverance, winning, and more. Here are the top 28 sports quotes in the history of motivation:

28 Most Famous Sports Quotes of All Time

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Tim Notke

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
Babe Ruth

“The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.”
Les Brown

“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”
Michael Jordan

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Wayne Gretzky

“Today, you have 100% of your life left.”
Tom Landry

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
Michael Jordan

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”
Vince Lombardi

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
Derek Jeter

“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.”
Sandy Koufax

“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.”
Terry Bradshaw

“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”
Ben Hogan

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.”
William James

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”
Vince Lombardi

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
Mike Singletary

28 Most Famous Sports Quotes of All Time

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”
Pele

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
George Halas

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
Muhammad Ali

“Today, you have 100% of your life left.”
Tom Landry

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.”
Mary Lou Retton

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
Billie Jean King

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
Arnold Palmer

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
Fred Devito