10 Inspirational Sports Quotes of All Time

By Yasmeen Munira

Ever heard the saying, ‘at the end of the day, people don’t remember what you said, they remember how you made them feel’. These 10 quotes certainly proves this saying wrong. You’ll remember what these athletes have to say and you’ll most definitely remember how they make you feel.

  1. Michael Jordan (Professional Basketball Player)

“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.”

Perhaps we can learn a thing or two from NBA Legend Michael Jordan. We may know him for his major successes but we should never forget that it’s his failures that have made him an all rounded player to date.

2. Vince Lombardi (American Football Player and Head Coach of Green Bay Packers)


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

3. Dan Gable (Retired American Olympic Wrestler and Head Coach)


“Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”

His 15 gold medals are proof enough.

4. Wayne Gretzky (Professional Ice Hockey Player and Head Coach)


“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

Life is too short for you to give away any opportunity that comes your way. Grab them just like Gretzky has.

5. Muhammad Ali (Professional Boxing Legend)


“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

And a champion he is.

6. Pat Riley (Professional Basketball player and coach in NBA)


“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.”

Or in other words, giving it all you’ve got in everything you do in life.

7. Satchel Paige (Major League Baseball Player)


“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.”

8. Joe Namath (American Football Quarterback)


“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”

9. Mario Andretti (Italian American World Champion Racing Driver)


“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”

Every once in a while, it’s okay not have everything in control. It may mean you’re taking on more than you can handle but hey, you know you’re going places.

10. Peyton Manning (American Football Quarterback for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League)


“I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me piece of mind.”

You should never live your life going ‘what if’. Prepare, execute and live with no regrets.

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