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Success/Sports-Related Quotations

"I am in power. I will not surrender. I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be victorious."

"Set goals and work together with effort, enthusiasm and persistence to reach those goals."
---Matt Georgi

"You may get skinned knees and elbows, but it's worth it if you score a spectacular goal."
---Mia Hamm

"A true champion is someone who wants to make a difference, who never gives up, and who gives everything she has no matter what the circumstances are. A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams."
---Dot Richardson

"The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle."

"I came, I saw, I conquered."
---Julius Caesar

"The way I figure it, real athletes want to win and will do what is necessary to win-at all levels. They will find the money, make the time commitment, seek out the best coaches, the best sports information and put it all together. They will not just be satisfied with being on the….team. They will not be satisfied to attend a world championship returning without injury, and they will not accept that the money and the time is not there. They will accept the problems and challenges, study them, and find a solution."
---Patrick Hickey

"Only gods and saints run around unafraid. And liars. This is a game. Somebody has to win. Somebody has to lose. And there is so much real in that."

"In order to win you need to define your goal(s); that is conceiving. Once you've done this you must believe…and then you will achieve."

Conceive Believe Achieve

---Jim Tweed, Asst. football coach at Lakewood HS, Lakewood, New Jersey

"Always hustle; never quit!"
---Detroit Lakes Laker volleyball team

"Losers look what they are going through. Winners looks where they are going to."

"A person who cannot face a defeat can never win."

"United, united, united we stand. United we never shall fall. United, united, united we stand. United we stand one and all."
---Judas Priest

"To play is in the mind. To win is in the heart."
---Jennifer McCombs

"Each of us is affected by what happens to the other. Just as our movements interact on the field, so our lives interact to a cetain degree. This is what is so great about being a member of a team."
---Eric Lund

"Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates."
---Magic Johnson

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."
---Japanese Proverb

"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

"If I had said, 'I don't stand a chance,' one thing is clear: I wouldn't have."
---Chuck Norris

"Look at success at any level of sports and you'll often see the same dedication of the mastery of so-called 'little things'."

"A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team."

"You dream, you believe, you train, you achieve."
---Mark Dixon

"Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss."
---Doug Williams

"I play to win. Even when common sense should tell me I no longer have a chance. Even when I have been playing at my worst and all the breaks have been going against me. I approach each new day, and each new game as a glorious opportunity to get going again."

"If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome."
---Michael Jordan

"Success is that old ABC--ability, breaks, courage."
---Charles Luckman

"The important thing to recognize it that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins and the losses. Success have many fathers, failures have none."
---Philip Caldwell

"It is amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit."
---Mount Union women's basketball team, Division III National Runners-Up

"I'm not afraid to fail because I will not allow myself to fail."
---Finish Line calendar

"Winning isn't always finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing."
---Manuel Diotte

"Sports are not an extracurricular activity. Sports are an academic discipline."
---America Sports

"A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever."
---Mary Lou Retton

"Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy."
---Mike Ditka

"Not all are blessed with great ability, but with teamwork and perseverance, all can accomplish great things."
---M.D. Boyer

"You win the race only after you cross the finish line, regardless of what place."

"Perseverance is a great element of success."
---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Ain't nothing better, we beat the odds together."
---Shania Twain, "You're Still the One"

"The will to prepare, the guts to risk, and the desire to be best...these are the trademarks of a champion."

"1 goal, 10 assists."
---Adidas commercial on USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team

"You may not be the winner, but there is a winner inside you."

"In the battle of life, it is not the critic who counts; nor the one who points out how the strong person stumbled, or where the doer of a deed could have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends oneself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
---Theodore Roosevelt

"The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made."
---Tim Duncan

"If you meet a team with desire, you better be able to match that desire or you will lose."

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious."
---Vince Lombardi

"A quitter never...
        ...kisses the cup.
        ...kisses the ground.
        ...runs out a grounder.
        ...runs through the signs.
        ...signs autographs.
        ...signs for free.
        ...plays for free.
        ...plays for keeps.
        ...keeps her promises.
        ...keeps going.
        ...gets going.
        ...gets it together.
        ...gets noticed.
        ...gets promoted.
        ...gets an A.
        ...brings his A game.
        ...has game.
        ...has fun.
        ...has to work hard.
        ...works a little more.
        ...reaches a little deeper.
        ...reaches the finish line.
---Spike, Finish Line magazine

"True champions are team players."
---Alan Cohen

"Every day the word 'gift' is used to define talent, ability, and performance. Being gifted has an even deeper meaning, a meaning that isn't always measured in points per game or win/loss records--it's measured by heart, effort, and desire."
---Alan Cohen

"I see beauty and elegance in every female athlete. I don't think being an athlete is unfeminine."
---Jackie Joyner-Kersee

"Talent is the gift plus the passion--a desire to succeed so intense that no force on earth can stop it."
---Neil Simon

"The most important lesson you can learn from winning is that you can."
---Dave Weinbaum

"Being a winner doesn't have anything to do with a win-lost record."
---Country magazine

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
---Special Olympics Oath

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have late minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
---Muhammed Ali

"I've never been afraid to fail."
---Michael Jordan

"I have never stolen a ball, scored a goal, or won a game alone."
---Kristin Lilley, Adidas commercial

"It's always too early to quit."
---Norman Vincent Pearle

"Being focused is great. Being passionate about something can be even better. But if you're so intense that you're stressed out and preoccupied with one aspect of life to the exclusion of everything else, you're missing out."
---Life's Playbook for Success by GTE Academic All-America Hall of Famers

"In the contest between talent and hard work as to which is the more important element of success, there's no comparison. A mediocre talent with lots of hard work will go farther than a stellar talent who just coasts."
---Dave Joyner

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