In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept destructive criticism. Without 100% dedication, you won't be able to do this.
- Wilson Mizner
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
- Billie Jean King
I would have thought that the knowledge that you are going to be leapt upon by half-a-dozen congratulatory, but sweaty team-mates would be inducement not to score a goal.
- Arthur Marshall
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.
- Boris Becker quote
Boxing is for men, and is about men and is men. A celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for being lost.
- Joyce Carol Oates
Games lubricate the body and the mind.
- Benjamin Franklin
Sports do not build character...They reveal it.
- John Wooden
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
The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.
- Steve Young
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
- Emil Zatopek
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that's concentration.
- Serena Williams
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
- Wayne Gretzky
Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
- Joe Theismann
You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That?s the mark of a true professional.
- Joe Paterno
You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.
- Kareem AbdulJabbar
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that?s the way to bet.
- Damon Runyon
What counts in sports is not the victory, but the magnificence of the struggle.
- Joe Paterno
Players win games, teams win championships.
- Bill Taylor
The harder I practice, the luckier I get.
- Gary Player
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
- Vince Lombardi
You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.
- Roy Campanella