Basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, or soccer—playing sports requires understanding the importance of competition, taking risks, and always working to do your best. Let YourDictionary's collection of sports quotes provide the motivation you need to take your game to the next level.
Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it's not the fish they are after.unknown
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice; in practice there is.yogi berra
Cricket is an ancient pastime; it ripened sweetly, it has endured nobly.thomas Moult
I think football would become an even better game if someone could invent a ball that kicks back.Eric Morecambe
I guess the one thing I really learned from participating in sports was to just never say "no", never stop trying, and to always believe that you can do better than the next fellow. I tried to follow this throughout my life, but I always tried to be respectful about it.bruce bennett
American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party.Sue Lawley
Soccer is one of those sports that pulls in a universal audience in terms of demographics.Tanc Sade
The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.Tom Brady
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.Michael Jordan
The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.Michael Jordan
I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.Michael Jordan
Although some people undoubtedly play just for the thrill of the game, the greatest athletes in history are well known for their competitive nature. Nobody understood competition quite like Vince Lombardi, who led the Green Bay Packers to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, as well as two Super Bowl victories. "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?" he said.
Recognizing the value of taking risks is another common theme found in popular sports quotes. After 20 years in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky holds 60 NHL records and is referred to as both "The Great One" and "the greatest hockey player ever" by sports writers, announcers, coaches, and fans alike. He often attributed his success to his risk taking nature. "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take," Gretzky said.
No matter what sport you love, being a successful athlete requires giving every practice and every game 100%. Michael Jordan spent 15 seasons playing in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, winning a reputation as the greatest basketball player of all time thanks to his commitment to continually testing his limits. "The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can't let yourself be beat because of your lack of effort," he said.