Sports Quotes

Glimpses into Sportsman Spirit

Sports quotes, at times, may give us a glimpse of insight into the sportsman spirit. Whatever, they are always good to read at least once!

Sports quotes by author-names starting with A

Abe Lemmons:

One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't do you any good.

Andrew Dickson White:

I will not permit thirty men to travel four hundred miles to agitate a bag of wind.

Author Unknown:

Practice as if you are the worst, perform as if you are the best.

Author Unknown:

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever.

Author Unknown:

Losers quit when they're tired. Winners quit when they've won.

Author Unknown:

It is not how big you are, it's how big you play.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with B

Babe ruth:

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 wont be worth a dime.

Bill Taylor:

Players win games, teams win championships.

Blaise Pascal:

Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with C

Casey Stengel:

Most games are lost, not won.

Cool Runnings:

A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you're not enough without it, you'll never be enough with it.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with D

Dean Smith:

If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you're going to have problems. You'll be dead a lot.

Dick Ritger:

All sports are games of inches.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with E

Earl Warren:

I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man's failures.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with G

George A. Sheehan:

Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and the future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.

George Bernard Shaw :

When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it's called ferocity.

George Mikes:

Many continentals think life is a game; the English think cricket is a game.

George Orwell:

I am always amazed when I hear people saying that sport creates goodwill between nations, and that if only the common peoples of the world could meet one another at football or cricket, they would have no inclination to meet on the battlefield. Even if they didn't know from concrete examples (the 1936 Olympics, for instance) that international sporting contests lead to orgies of hatred, one could deduce it from general principles... At the international level sport is frankly mimic warfare.

George Orwell:

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.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with H

Haywood Hale Broun:

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

Howard Cosell:

Sports is the toy department of human life.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with J


They may not win, but they lose beautifully.

J.J. Bentley:

It is all very well to say that a man should play for the pure love of the game. Perhaps he ought, but to the working man it is impossible.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with L

Lord Byron:

In play there are two pleasures for your choosing -The one is winning, and the other losing.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with M

Michael Jordan:

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with P

Pierre de Coubertin:

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.


You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Robert Morley:

The ball is man's most disastrous invention, not excluding the wheel.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with S

Sandy Lyle:

It's not whether you win or lose - but whether I win or lose.

Simon Barnes:

Sport is dead when citius, altius, fortius is replaced by fixius, drugius, corruptius. We have reached the logical end of sport. Everywhere you look, you find stories of people who have taken the sport out of sport. We expect to hear the decisions on the Italian football match-fixing scandal. The football itself is a sham, going through the motions. The real action takes place on the telephone in the weeks before the game. In England, three jockeys have been suspended from riding after being accused by police of fixing races. The dominant point of this year's Tour de France is not the pedal pushing but the second significant drugs scandal in eight years: the revelation of the incontrovertible fact that professional cycling is institutionally corrupt. These three things - match-fixing, race-fixing, institutionalized drugging - come down to the same thing, and it is the greatest error in all of professional sport. The error in question is that sport is about winning. Winning at all costs. That winning is not the most important thing, but the only thing. If you sincerely believe that winning is everything, all the rest follows. If the only ethic is victory, then these things are not options. They are demanded: the least you can do... The essential fact about sport is that you don't know what happens next. No one does. We watch sport not for the victory, but for the struggle. In other words, those that seek victory at all costs are destroying sport. They are creating a spectacle in which we, the punters, have no interest. People are far less interested in track and field athletics than they once were because there has been too much drugging... Professionalism will be the death of sport; or it will, if we carry on believing in it. But at last, we are beginning to see the price of winning at all costs.

Sports quotes by author-names starting with V

Vince Lombardi:

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

Vince Lombardi:

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?

These are the sports quotes that appealed me quite a bit - in a way; they are my personal choice from amongst a host of them.

I'll keep adding more to them as and when I come across the ones that touch me deep.

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