200 Most Famous Sports Quotes


I’ve missed more than 9000 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

It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.

— Mark Twain

Golf is a good walk spoiled.

— Mark Twain

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

— Henry David Thoreau

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.

— Muhammad Ali

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

— Michael Jordan

Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.

— Satchel Paige

As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.

— Michael Jordan

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

— Vince Lombardi

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

— Dan Gable

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

— Rogers Hornsby

Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

— Yogi Berra

I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.

— Mike Tyson

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.

— Michael Phelps

Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.

— Vince Lombardi

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.

— Wayne Gretzky

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.

— George Orwell

I’d just as soon play tennis with the net down.

— Robert Frost

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.

— George Bernard Shaw

Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

— Vince Lombardi

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.

— Tiger Woods

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.

— Rodney Dangerfield

Adversity causes some men to break others to break records.

— William Arthur Ward

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

— William James

I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.

— Will Rogers

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.

— Mia Hamm

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.

— Erma Bombeck
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You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.

— Yogi Berra

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

— Hank Aaron

The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.

— Ernest Hemingway

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.

— Blaise Pascal

I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.

— Shaquille O’Neal

I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.

— Walt Whitman

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.

— Billy Graham

Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.

— Ted Williams

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.

— Ambrose Bierce

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?

— Jim Bouton

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.

— Gordie Howe

Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.

— Tom Landry

You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.

— Charles Barkley

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

— Heywood Broun

You win some, lose some, and wreck some.

— Dale Earnhardt

You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.

— Bobby Knight

Champions keep playing until they get it right.

— Billie Jean King

Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.

— Red Auerbach

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.

— John Leonard

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

— Mike Singletary

A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.

— Jesse Owens

Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.

— James Patrick Murray

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.

— Phil Jackson

God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.

— Eric Liddell

If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.

— Jack Lemmon

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.

— Herbert Hoover

If you drink don’t drive. Don’t even putt.

— Dean Martin

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.

— Jack Benny

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.

— Dave Barry

If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.

— Bob Hope

Golf is a game in which you yell ‘fore,’ shoot six, and write down five.

— Paul Harvey

Bobby Knight told me this: ‘There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.’ In other words a good offense wins.

— Dan Quayle

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.

— Earl Warren

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.

— Bobby Unser

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.

— William Wordsworth

I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.

— Gerald R. Ford

I won’t predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.

— Michael Phelps

You know it’s going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black.

— Charles Barkley

Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.

— Woodrow Wilson

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.

— Knute Rockne

Fans don’t boo nobodies.

— Reggie Jackson

It’s a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.

— Pete Rose

If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.

— Phil Jackson

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.

— Steve Garvey

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.

— Jim Bishop

The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.

— Martin Mull

Wrestling is ballet with violence.

— Jesse Ventura

Life is about timing.

— Carl Lewis

You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.

— Joe DiMaggio

I don’t want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.

— Rogers Hornsby

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.

— Billie Jean King

Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.

— Barry Switzer

Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.

— Paul Coffey

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.

— Hank Aaron

The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.

— Ernie Banks

Most ball games are lost, not won.

— Casey Stengel

Boxing has become America’s tragic theater.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.

— John Updike

The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight.

— Ben Hogan

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.

— Bill Veeck

The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.

— Bob Lemon

I don’t know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.

— Al McGuire

All sports for all people.

— Pierre de Coubertin

Sometimes in football you have to score goals.

— Thierry Henry

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.

— Joseph Chilton Pearce

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.

— Ben Hogan

Sports are a microcosm of society.

— Billie Jean King

If I weren’t earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.

— Charles Barkley

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.

— Frank Gifford

If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out.

— George Brett

Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.

— Joe Adcock

Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.

— Warren Spahn

I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.

— Gerald R. Ford

Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?

— Al Boliska

If you got the game, you got the game. That’s why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.

— Shaquille O’Neal

I’m a competitive person and I love the challenge of mastering new things.

— Sasha Cohen

There isn’t a flaw in his golf or his makeup. He will win more majors than Arnold Palmer and me combined. Somebody is going to dust my records. It might as well be Tiger, because he’s such a great kid.

— Jack Nicklaus

He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I’ve ever seen.

— Jack Nicklaus

He’s going to be around a long, long time, if his body holds up. That’s always a concern with a lot of players because of how much they play. A lot of guys can’t handle it. But it looks like he can.

— Jack Nicklaus

You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.

— Jim Bouton

Baseball life is a tough life on the family.

— Nolan Ryan

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.

— Sam Snead

The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.

— John Madden

I play in the low 80s. If it’s any hotter than that, I won’t play.

— Joe E. Lewis

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don’t you?

— Ben Hogan

Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.

— Doug Collins

The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie.

— George Deukmejian

You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.

— Lee Trevino

Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.

— Joe Garagiola

What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.

— Arnold Palmer

The integrity of the game is everything.

— Peter Ueberroth

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.

— Robert Wilson Lynd

Bulls do not win bull fights. People do.

— Norman Ralph Augustine

My family knew, but most of the sporting world did not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.

— Bill Toomey

There was endless action – not just football, but sailboats, tennis and other things: movement. There was endless talk – the ambassador at the head of the table laying out the prevailing wisdom, but everyone else weighing in with their opinions and taking part.

— Charles Spalding

Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.

— Grantland Rice

Nobody roots for Goliath.

— Wilt Chamberlain

I’ll let the racket do the talking.

— John McEnroe

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn’t play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.

— Hugo Black

You know they’re not going to lose 162 consecutive games.

— Harry Caray

One thing you learned as a Cubs fan: when you bought you ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.

— Joe Garagiola

Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.

— Frank Gifford

I started playing ball when I was a kid. My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.

— Kurt Russell

Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.

— Ty Cobb

What’s a good tournament for him? Winning it. He’s good enough.

— Greg Norman

Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.

— Harry Vardon

Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he’s obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders. He’s got a kind of presence.

— Nick Price

New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.

— Jimmy Connors

Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience. But once you have the fundamentals, acquiring the experience is a matter of time.

— Greg LeMond

You don’t suffer, kill yourself and take the risks I take just for money. I love bike racing.

— Greg LeMond

I went through baseball as ‘a player to be named later.’

— Joe Garagiola

I’m not buddy-buddy with the players. If they need a buddy, let them buy a dog.

— Whitey Herzog

Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture.

— Juan Antonio Samaranch

Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile.

— Christy Mathewson

Baseball is a public trust. Players turn over, owners turn over and certain commissioners turn over. But baseball goes on.

— Peter Ueberroth

Other sports play once a week but this sport is with us every day.

— Peter Ueberroth

Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.

— Roger Kahn

I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press.

— Roger Kahn

Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.

— Roger Kahn

He hits it long. His shoulders are impressively quick through the ball. That’s where he’s getting his power from. He’s young and has great elasticity.

— Nick Faldo

He hits the ball a long way and he knows how to win.

— Gary McCord

He’s got an overall flair for the game. It looks to me like he really loves what he does and he can’t wait to get up in the morning, go hit some balls and go play.

— Gary McCord

The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register.

— Bob Verdi

What’s unfortunate about buying a pitcher for $12 million is that he carries no warranty.

— Bob Verdi

He’s got everything. He’ not a great player yet because he hasn’t won any major championships, but it’s a matter of time. He’s an outstanding talent. I didn’t realize how tall he is.

— Nick Price

There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works.

— Charley Lau

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to waste energy going back to pick it up.

— Tommy Bolt

If your man is a sports enthusiast, you may have to resign yourself to his spouting off in a monotone on a prize fight, football game or pennant race.

— Marilyn Monroe

I like sports, and I enjoy playing basketball and lifting weights.

— Joel Osteen

I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense.

— H. L. Mencken

I’ve told Billy if I ever caught him cheating, I wouldn’t kill him because I love his children and they need a dad. But I would beat him up. I know where all of his sports injuries are.

— Angelina Jolie

Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.

— Mitt Romney

I liked the energy of cooking, the action, the camaraderie. I often compare the kitchen to sports and compare the chef to a coach. There are a lot of similarities to it.

— Todd English

Don’t force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It’s the child’s desire to play that matters, not the parent’s desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.

— Tiger Woods

The American people are sheep. They’re comfortable, rich, working. It’s like the Romans, they’re happy with bread and their spectator sports. The Super Bowl means more to them than any right.

— Jack Kevorkian

The problem with winter sports is that – follow me closely here – they generally take place in winter.

— Dave Barry

I used to play sports. Then I realized you can buy trophies. Now I am good at everything.

— Demetri Martin

Honestly, I don’t listen to nobody else’s music but my own. It’s kind of like sports to me. You don’t see Kobe Bryant at a LeBron James game – he just works on his own game. And that’s what I do. I only listen to me, so I can criticize and analyze and all those things.

— Lil Wayne

For truly it is to be noted, that children’s plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.

— Michel de Montaigne

Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.

— Michel de Montaigne

Growing up, if I hadn’t had sports, I don’t know where I’d be. God only knows what street corners I’d have been standing on and God only knows what I’d have been doing, but instead I played hockey and went to school and stayed out of trouble.

— Bobby Orr

I’m a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There’s others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there’s another type that’s not a visual thinker at all, and they’re the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics.

— Temple Grandin

I think that from the time you start playing sports as a child you see that your responsibility to your team is to play the best that you can play as an individual… and yet, not take anything away from being part of a team.

— Wayne Gretzky

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.

— Billie Jean King

The best kids are going to become the best. But the best thing about it is that you’re going to learn lessons in playing those sports about winning and losing and teamwork and teammates and arguments and everything else that are going to affect you positively for the rest of your life.

— Carl Lewis

I look at athletes in all sports and try to picture what kind of football player they’d be, what position they’d play and so on.

— Lou Holtz

I don’t know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports.

— Richard M. Nixon

Black people dominate sports in the United States. 20% of the population and 90% of the final four.

— Chris Rock

Even if I did have, you know, a ‘Sports Illustrated’ body, I’d still wear elegant clothes.

— Adele

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree marks an arrested development in man’s moral nature.

— Thorstein Veblen

I have never seen a wrestling match or a prize fight, and I don’t want to. When I find out a man is interested in these sports, I drop him.

— Hedy Lamarr

If you’re a sports fan you realize that when you meet somebody, like a girlfriend, they kind of have to root for your team. They don’t have a choice.

— Jimmy Fallon

Well, I’m not a big sports fan.

— Jeff Bridges

One afternoon when I was 9, my dad told me I’d be skipping school the next day. Then we drove 12 hours from Melbourne to Sydney for the Centenary Test, a once-in-a-lifetime commemorative cricket match. It was great fun – especially for a kid who was a massive sports fan.

— Hugh Jackman

But sports carried me away from being in a gang, or being associated with drugs. Sports was my way out.

— LeBron James

I enjoy sports in person.

— Shania Twain

I’m sort of like a lame, single guy in a red sports car.

— Billy Corgan

I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.

— Ferdinand Porsche

The main thing is healthy eating, exercise, which I do for special events, like if it’s Sports Illustrated, or the swim suit catalogue for Victoria’s Secret, or my own calendar that I did for the year 2000.

— Heidi Klum

I’m a mad lover of sport. You cannot say a bad word to me about sports. So I know business is involved and I know it can be cynical, and, of course, I watch it, but for me it’s pure.

— Hugh Jackman

When you look at golf films before us they’re all – garbage or satire. A lot of sports films tend to vilify the opposition. Where the opposition becomes this big angry monster, so big you can’t beat him.

— Shia LaBeouf

I live by ‘Go big or go home.’ That’s with everything. It’s like either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all. I apply that to everything. I apply that to relationships, I apply that to like sports, I apply that to everything. That’s what I live by. That’s how I like it.

— Paul Walker

When did I know I had talent? I think it started when I first started playing sports, organized sports.

— LeBron James

I was always a sports nut but I’ve lost interest now in whether one bunch of mercenaries in north London is going to beat another bunch of mercenaries from west London.

— John Cleese

I think exercise tests us in so many ways, our skills, our hearts, our ability to bounce back after setbacks. This is the inner beauty of sports and competition, and it can serve us all well as adult athletes.

— Peggy Fleming

Sports and entertainment are the only places where inner-city kids see themselves being able to succeed. Their intellectual development is something they don’t relate to.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The plays and sports of children are as salutary to them as labor and work are to grown persons.

— Samuel Richardson

I went to a football school, which meant that I went to a university that served up education and was simultaneously operating a sports franchise.

— Susan Orlean

I have long been one of those tedious people who rails against the coronation of ‘student-athletes.’ I have heard the argument that big-time athletics bring in loads of money to universities. I don’t believe the money goes anywhere other than back into the sports teams, but that’s another story.

— Susan Orlean

It’s become another dimension to who I am. I don’t think Sports Illustrated is going to be wanting me. But who cares? I’m at a different place in my life.

— Cindy Crawford

I love sports. I love animals. I love kids. I want to save the world. So how do I combine all those things? I don’t know.

— Joan Jett

Sports is human life in microcosm.

— Howard Cosell

Many of these famous sports quotes are the result of a collection from various sources; such as newspapers, magazines, bible, other speakers, write-ups, seminars, articles and websites and every effort has been made to give credit where it is due for the material contained herein.

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