Sports are laden with emotion. We’ve watched sportsmen make history, achieve the impossible and rise as infinite champions.  But it’s not only the plays that have left us breathless, but the motivational speeches, adages and cites of wisdom that have left marks on our hearts. These athletes have set an explemary foundation for how to inspire and most of all, how to lead. We’ve listed our favorite sports quotes of all time; comment and tell us yours!


“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

-Lance Armstrong

Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.

-Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“It’s not the disability that defines you; it’s how you deal with the challenges the disability presents you with. We have an obligation to the abilities we DO have, not the disability.”

-Jim Abbott

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”

-Vince Lombardi

It’s not the will to win that matters — everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.

-Paul “Bear” Bryant

You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.

-Homer Rice

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.

-Knute Rockne

“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


“Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.”

-Eddie Robinson

“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”

-Mario Andretti

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