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Sports Quotes

Sports quotes from popular athletes are always entertaining, but they can often be powerfully inspirational too. This collection of sports sayings and quotes come from a variety of professional athletes and coaches ranging from Michael Jordan to Marion Jones. And, of course, no sports quote collection would be complete without one from Yogi Berra!


 Winning does not always mean coming in first…real victory is in arriving at the finish line with no regrets because you know you’ve gone all out. 
- Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic champion speed skater
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 You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. 
- Wayne Gretzky, Former professional hockey player
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 I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career….I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and I missed. I have failed over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed. 
- Michael Jordan, Former professional basketball player
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 The difference between a winner and a loser is, many times, a matter of inches. If you think you can do it, most of the time you’ll do it. 
- Nancy Lieberman Cline, Former professional basketball player
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 Losing’s a great motivator. 
- Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame catcher
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 Nobody wanted me. Scouts told me to go to school, to forget baseball. Coaches said, ‘You’re never going to make it.’ I appreciated their honesty, because I think when someone tells you something you may not like, you have to use that as fuel for motivation. 
- Mike Piazza, Professional baseball player
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 Always remember that dead last is better than did not finish, which is way better than did not start. 
- Tara Parker-Pope, New York Times health columnist
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 You never really lose until you quit trying. 
- Dan D’Aurelio, Guideposts reader, Akron, Ohio
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 It’s okay to lose; just don’t lose the lesson. 
- George Lucas, Film director
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 “Be a coach, not a critic.” 
- Diane Penola, Guideposts reader, Kinnelon, New Jersey
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 Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. 
- Pat Riley, Professional basketball coach
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 I’ve never worked a day in my life. Don’t get me wrong. I work at track. If you love what you do, it’s not work. 
- Marion Jones, Olympic track athlete
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