The following quote library is provided as a service by Josephson Institute and its Pursuing Victory With Honor sportsmanship initiative. For more information on our campaign and materials, go to www.JosephsonInstitute.org/sports.
The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. – Martina Navratilova, tennis player If it is a cliché to say athletics build character as well as muscle, then I subscribe to the cliché. – Gerald Ford, 38th President Sports gives your life structure, discipline, and a pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide. – Bob Cousy, basketball player One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it. – Knute Rockne, football coach I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. – Muhammad Ali, boxer Football is like life. It teaches work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority. – Vince Lombardi, football coach World War II was a must win. – Marv Levy, football coach Dictators lead through fear; good coaches do not. – John Wooden, basketball coach A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are. – Ara Parseghian, football coach I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, missed the gamewinning shot 26 times. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan, basketball player Champions keep playing until they get it right. – Billie Jean King, tennis player You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. – Wayne Gretzky, hockey player
The only way to prove you’re a good sport is to lose. – Ernie Banks, baseball player It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser. – Harry Sheehy, athletic director If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it. – Ronnie Lott, football player The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi, football coach It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up. – Vince Lombardi, football coach The will must be stronger than the skill. – Muhammed Ali, boxer Love never fails, character never quits, and dreams do come true. – Pete Maravich, basketball player Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose. — Anonymous It’s not up to anyone else to make me give my best. – Hakeem Olajuwon, basketball player In golf and in life, it’s the follow-through that makes the difference. – Anonymous If all I’m remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I’ve done a bad job with the rest of my life. – Isiah Thomas, basketball player Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi, football coach When the game is over, it is really just beginning. – Jerry Kramer, football player When the Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game. – Grantland Rice, sportswriter The harder you work, the luckier you get. – Gary Player, golfer
The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else. – Martina Navratilova, tennis player The speed of a runaway horse counts for nothing. – Jean Cocteau, French novelist, poet, and filmmaker When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: Admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it. – Paul Bear Bryant, football coach I run on the road long before I dance under the lights. – Muhammad Ali, boxer You’ve got to be ready for the fastball. – Ted Williams, baseball player Quitters never win and winners never quit. – Anonymous If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot. – Dean Smith, basketball coach It’s never crowded along the extra mile. – Wayne Dyer, author and self-help advocate Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is...