Sports Quotes

Find Competitive Sports Quotes, Sayings About Athletes & Athletic Games

"The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break." -- John Madden
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“I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures.”  — Earl Warren

“Sports is human life in microcosm.” — Howard Cosell

“Men forget everything; women remember everything. That’s why men need instant replays in sports. They’ve already forgotten what happened.” — Rita Rudner

“To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.” — Jack Handey

“Playing polo is like trying to play golf during an earthquake.” — Sylvester Stallone

“Professional wrestling’s most mysterious hold is on its audience.” — Luke Neely

“We are inclined that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it.” — John F. Kennedy

"We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time." -- Vince Lombardi
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“One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn’t do you any good.” — Abe Lemmons

“The trouble with referees is that they just don’t care which side wins.” — Tom Canterbury

“It is a noteworthy fact that kicking and beating have played so considerable a part in the habits which necessity has imposed on mankind in past ages that the only way of preventing civilized men from beating and kicking their wives is to organize games in which they can kick and beat balls.” — George Bernard Shaw

"October is not only a beautiful month but marks the precious yet fleeting overlap of hockey, baseball, basketball, and football."-- Jason Love
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“I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give it up. I’m only six feet tall, so I couldn’t play basketball. I’m only 190 pounds, so I couldn’t play football. And I have 20-20 vision, so I couldn’t be a referee.” — Jay Leno

It is all very well to say that a man should play for the pure love of the game. Perhaps he ought, but to the working man it is impossible.” — J. J. Bentley

“It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. — H. L. Mencken

"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
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“I would have thought that the knowledge that you are going to be leapt upon by half-a-dozen congratulatory, but sweaty team-mates would be inducement not to score a goal.” — Arthur Marshall

“A player who conjugates a verb in the first person singular cannot be part of the squad, he has to conjugate the verb in the first person plural. We. We want to conquer. We are going to conquer. Using the word ‘I’ when you’re in a group makes things complicated.” — Wanderley Luxemburgo

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

"I think my favorite sport in the Olympics is the one in which you make your way through the snow, you stop, you shoot a gun, and then you continue on. In most of the world, it is known as the biathlon, except in New York City, where it is known as winter." -- Michael Ventre
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“Most people are in a factory from nine till five. Their job may be to turn out 263 little circles. At the end of the week they’re three short and somebody has a go at them. On Saturday afternoons they deserve something to go and shout about.” — Rodney Marsh

“I don’t think the discus will ever attract any interest until they let us start throwing them at one another.” — Al Oerter

“Most games are lost, not won.” — Casey Stengel

"Radio football is football reduced to its lowest common denominator. Shorn of the game's aesthetic pleasures, or the comfort of a crowd that feels the same way as you, or the sense of security that you get when you see that your defenders and goalkeeper are more or less where they should be, all that is left is naked fear." -- Nick Hornby
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“Baseball and football are very different games. In a way, both of them are easy. Football is easy if you’re crazy as hell. Baseball is easy if you’ve got patience. They’d both be easier for me if I were a little more crazy – and a little more patient.” — Bo Jackson

“There isn’t a single professional sports season now that doesn’t go on at least a month too long. Baseball starts in football weather, and football in baseball weather, and basketball overlaps them both.” — James Reston

“I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles.” — Sam Snead

"I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier they wouldn't have to go so fast." -- Steven Wright
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“Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump. If you lose at the end, you’re choking.” — Gene Mauch

“He has turned defensive boxing into a poetic art. Trouble is, nobody ever knocked anybody out with a poem.” — Eddie Shaw

“It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans.” — Robert Lynd

“In play there are two pleasures for your choosing – The one is winning, and the other losing.” — Lord Byron

“Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through. Sport gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves.” — Rita Mae Brown

""All sports are games of inches." -- Dick Ritger
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“The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s the opposition.” — Nick Seitz

“When it comes to sports I am not particularly interested. Generally speaking, I look upon them as dangerous and tiring activities performed by people with whom I share nothing except the right to trial by jury.” — Fran Lebowitz

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” — George Herman “Babe” Ruth

"I thought lacrosse was what you find in la church." -- Robin Williams
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“If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot.” — Dean Smith

“Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.” — Al McGuire

“I think you enjoy the game more if you don’t know the rules. Anyway you’re on the same wavelength as the referees.” — Jonathan Davies

“If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, it’s that girls should stick to girls’ sports, such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such.” — Homer Simpson

“If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out.” — George Brett

“Losing is the great American sin.” — Jerome Holtzman

“The essence of sports is that while you’re doing it, nothing else matters, but after you stop, there is a place, generally not very important, where you would put it.” — Roger Bannister

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” — Emil Zatopek

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“If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” — Vince Lombardi

“Officials are the only guys who can rob you and then get a police escort out of the stadium.” — Ron Bolton

“If you screw things up in tennis, it’s 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it’s your ass.” — Randall “Tex” Cobb

"The more I practice, the luckier I get." -- Jerry Barber
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“Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and the future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.” — George A. Sheehan

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” — Haywood Hale Brown

“Ninety percent of the game is half mental.” — Yogi Berra

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