Sports quotes

  • Sport is how poor kids from poor countries pass through the eye of the needle to riches and recognition.
    -- A. A. Gill

    #Sports #Country #Kids

  • The gods have fled, I know. My sense is the gods have always been essentially absent. I do not believe human beings have played games or sports from the beginning merely to summon or to please or to appease the gods. If anthropologists and historians believe that, it is because they believe whatever they have been able to recover about what humankind told the gods humankind was doing. I believe we have played games, and watched games, to imitate the gods, to become godlike in our worship of eachother and, through those moments of transmutation, to know for an instant what the gods know.
    -- A. Bartlett Giamatti

    #Sports #Believe #Games

  • Major sports are major parts of society. It's not anomalous to have people who love sports come from other parts of that society.
    -- A. Bartlett Giamatti

    #Sports #People

  • You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.
    -- A. J. Kitt

    #Sports #Guy #Doe

  • Remember that sports are meant to be fun. Don't let someone make the sport unfun for you.
    -- A. J. Kitt

    #Sports #Fun #Athlete

  • Walking is the favorite sport of the good and wise.
    -- A. L. Rowse

    #Sports #Wise #Favorite Sports

  • After love, book collecting is the most exhilarating sport of all.
    -- A. S. W. Rosenbach

    #Sports #Book #Collecting

  • If I can slow it down in my mind, things will be fine.
    -- Aaron Rodgers

    #Motivational #Sports #Mind

  • It's a special honor to be one of the leaders of this football team. But I said it once, I'll say it again, no one person wins a game by themselves. Individually, it's top of the mountain, my sport, my profession. It's what you dream about as a kid.
    -- Aaron Rodgers

    #Sports #Football #Dream

  • I didn't grow up a theatre kid, going to theatre camps. I played sports, and that was my main direction. But luckily, I never had to choose between sports and theatre.
    -- Aaron Tveit

    #Sports #Growing Up #Kids

  • You always catch the wrong players.
    -- Abe Lemons

    #Sports #Player #Psychology

  • Basketball is my favorite sport, and I'm also a very passionate football fan.
    -- Abhishek Bachchan

    #Basketball #Sports #Football

  • If you trust, you will be disappointed occasionally, but if you mistrust, you will be miserable all the time.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Sports #Miserable #Mistrust

  • Let me be clear: Any new approach must ensure the integrity of the game. One of my most important responsibilities as commissioner of the NBA is to protect the integrity of professional basketball and preserve public confidence in the league and our sport. I oppose any course of action that would compromise these objectives. But I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated
    -- Adam Silver

    #Basketball #Sports #Integrity

  • Flying is more than a sport and more than a job; flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.
    -- Adolf Galland

    #Sports #Jobs #Passion

  • We're never as good as we think we are, nor as bad as we think we are.
    -- Adolph Rupp

    #Sports #Thinking

  • I wouldn't give one iota to make a trip from the cradle to the grave unless I could live in a competitive world.
    -- Adolph Rupp

    #Motivational #Sports #Giving

  • I've always envied the kind of coach who could go completely out of his mind and nobody would know the difference.
    -- Adolph Rupp

    #Leadership #Sports #Differences

  • Boxing is an all year round sport. You never know when they're going to call you, so you got to stay ready.
    -- Adrien Broner

    #Sports #Motivation #Years

  • Gambling in the mark has been the great indoor sport of the capitalists for months, and consequently food has increased by 25 to 100 per cent.
    -- Agnes Smedley

    #Sports #Gambling #Squash

  • It would indeed be a great delusion, if we stated that those sports of Nature [we find] enclosed in rocks are there by chance or by some vague creative power. Ah, that would be superficial indeed! In reality, those shells, which once were alive in water and are now dead and decomposed, were made thus by time not Nature; and what we now find as very hard, figured stone, was once soft mud and which received the impression of the shape of a shell, as I have frequently demonstrated.
    -- Agostino Scilla

    #Life #Sports #Reality

  • Sports can unite a group of people from different backgrounds, all working together to achieve a common goal. And even if they fall short, sharing that journey is an experience they'll never forget. It can teach some of the most fundamental and important human values: dedication, perseverance, hard work, and teamwork. It also teaches us how to handle our success and cope with our failure. So, perhaps the greatest glory of sport is that is teaches us so much about life itself.
    -- Ahmad Rashad

    #Teamwork #Sports #Perseverance

  • Overturning police cars is a super-intense workout. It’s probably the only sport I enjoy.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Sports #Workout #Car

  • In sports, I refused to do any interviews that were just going to become human-interest stories. Don't turn me into a tragic heroine.
    -- Aimee Mullins

    #Sports #Stories #Interviews

  • Everyone is really afraid of getting out there and not being good. That's the challenge: To be afraid and know people are staring at you and know you might not do all that well, but you do it anyway. What singles out the successful athlete from the ones who never make it past a plateau, it that successful athletes risk failure, even though they are terrified.
    -- Aimee Mullins

    #Softball #Sports #Motivation

  • The power of the human will to compete and the drive to excel beyond the body's normal capabilities is most beautifully demonstrated in the arena of sport.
    -- Aimee Mullins

    #Sports #Athlete #Body

  • An athlete experiences the emotions of pain and elation through triumph and defeat, through teamwork and individuality, as nothing more than a human being...that is the true glory of sport.
    -- Aimee Mullins

    #Sports #Teamwork #Pain

  • Success isn't winning every time. A lot of different factors go into every race, and you can't control all of them. Success means doing as excellent a job as you can on that particular day. The people I admire most aren't necessarily the most wonderful athletes. I admire the ones who keep coming back and doing it, time after time.
    -- Aimee Mullins

    #Softball #Sports #Jobs

  • My love for sports will never die. I love martial arts and I want to promote it in whichever way I can. I am a fighter first, then an actor.
    -- Akshay Kumar

    #Sports #Art #Actors

  • This is a hump you have to get over, and it usually comes in the first series. You get over the hump and you're on a roll.
    -- Al Arbour

    #Sports #Psychology #Firsts

  • We have forty-four defenses for him, but he has forty-five ways to score.
    -- Al Attles

    #Sports #Defense #Four

  • To the victor belong the responsibilities.
    -- Al Bernstein

    #Sports #Responsibility

  • It hurt me a great deal. It put a lot of pressure on me because I was at a young age and the writers around here and throughout the league starting comparing me to Cobb. It put a lot of pressure on me.
    -- Al Kaline

    #Sports #Hurt #League

  • One reason outfielders don't have stronger arms might be they don't practice as much as we did. Most teams today don't take outfield practice. Another reason is baseball has to compete with other sports now - basketball, football, soccer - for the better athletes that might have more skills and stronger arms.
    -- Al Kaline

    #Basketball #Soccer #Sports

  • Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Leadership #Basketball #Sports

  • Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Sports #Simple #Forget

  • You measure a player from the head up.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Motivational #Sports #Player

  • I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Sports #Country #Silly

  • I believe in a business boarding up early. If you make a mistake, you put the boards in the window of the store and say, "Hey, I made a mistake." Let me take two shots in the arm and a punch on the nose and let me get on to the next thing. I don't believe in worrying over failures. I worry about successes. This is opposite from most people. Most people zero in on their failures. I try to keep all my attention on a pyramid type philosophy rather than the averaging-down philosophy.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Leadership #Sports #Zero

  • I tell the players that they can't relive any day in their lives and that they can't relive the minutes of a game, so they should make a great effort, a Mount Everest type effort, to live up to their potential. Success is a communal type thing, and if we win, then everyone can be considered successful and we can move uptown together.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Sports #Moving #Successful

  • Do you believe in miracles?
    -- Al Michaels

    #Sports #Believe #Miracle

  • I don't think the discus will ever attract any interest until they let us start throwing them at one another.
    -- Al Oerter

    #Sports #Thinking #Throwing

  • So what if I never win my fifth gold medal; It's only one end of the string. It's competing that matters. It's proving that there is a place for guys like me in sports. It's a persona challenge to extend myself.
    -- Al Oerter

    #Leadership #Sports #Winning

  • I was foreign and Jewish, with a funny name, and was very small and hated sport, a real problem at an English prep school. So the way to get round it was to become the school joker, which I did quite effectively - I was always fooling around to make the people who would otherwise dump me in the loo laugh.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Sports #Real #School

  • I was looking at the history of the sport and I couldn't understand why there have been so many good South American drivers, especially Brazilians.
    -- Alain Prost

    #Sports #Squash #Drivers

  • When you win a race like this the feeling is very, very good. There have been times when I have been flat-out to finish sixth, but you can't see that from the outside. In 1980 I finished three or four times in seventh place. I pushed like mad, yet everyone was gathered around the winner and they were thinking that I was just trundling around. But that's motor racing. So in fact the only thing you can judge in this sport is the long term. You can judge a career or a season, but not one race.
    -- Alain Prost

    #Sports #Thinking #Winning

  • So in fact the only thing you can judge in this sport its the longterm. You can judge a career or a season, but not one race.
    -- Alain Prost

    #Sports #Race #Careers

  • When I was a kid I used to hate getting picked for team sports. It would be the fit and sporty guys over there. And me and the fat kids over here. Those kids were fat! One girl had to be cut out a hula hoop.
    -- Alan Carr

    #Funny #Girl #Sports

  • Blood is drawn! I am impressed-though my hell-spawned powers will heal it! Besides... next to giving pain my favourite sport's to feel it.
    -- Alan Grant

    #Sports #Pain #Blood

  • Our point isn't to make an examination of popular film but to illustrate that the yearning for a heroic adventure lies just beneath the surface of our consciousness; film, television, literature, sports, and travel are in a sense vicarious adventures.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Sports #Lying #Adventure

  • I'm opposed to any sport that reduces the coefficient of friction between me and the ground.
    -- Alan Kotok

    #Sports #Friction

  • It's basically the same, just darker. (on racing Saturday nights as opposed to Sunday afternoons, 1991
    -- Alan Kulwicki

    #Sports #Sunday #Night

  • Our success at friendship, business, sports, love--indeed, at nearly every enterprise we attempt--is largely determined by our self-image. People who have a confidence in their personal worth seem to be magnets for success and happiness.
    -- Alan Loy McGinnis

    #Confidence #Sports #Self

  • I'm delighted about the track's success in the sports world, but the frustrating thing is, I don't think I got rich on it. The labels and publishers did very cheap deals on our songs.
    -- Alan Parsons

    #Sports #Song #Thinking

  • Football's not just about scoring goals - it's about winning.
    -- Alan Shearer

    #Sports #Football #Winning

  • At times they don't like you to kick them and they feel you're not allowed to kick them.
    -- Alan Shearer

    #Sports #Like You #Kicks

  • Of course, in our grade school, in those days, there were no organized sports at all. We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess.
    -- Alan Shepard

    #Sports #School #Yards

  • On a selfish basis, I really enjoy sports and activity.
    -- Alan Thicke

    #Sports #Selfish #Enjoy

  • My priority is to turn people - especially kids - on to sports and being active so they don't even have to think about it being good for their health. If people participate for the fun of it, and believe me - it is fun, then fitness programs will be much more successful.
    -- Alan Thicke

    #Sports #Fun #Believe

  • It is interesting that Hindus, when they speak of the creation of the universe do not call it the work of God, they call it the play of God, the Vishnu lila, lila meaning play. And they look upon the whole manifestation of all the universes as a play, as a sport, as a kind of dance — lila perhaps being somewhat related to our word lilt
    -- Alan Watts

    #Sports #Play #Interesting

  • We should confine booing in sports arenas to sport. I love a good boo as much as the next football fan.
    -- Alastair Campbell

    #Sports #Football #Fans

  • I do sport at the gym a few times a week, but I hate it. Work is my only remedy. I feel so twisted and horrible in the morning, but then I go to the office and I start feeling better. Work is my Tylenol. Extra-strength.
    -- Alber Elbaz

    #Sports #Morning #Hate

  • An athlete must have a sound and trained body, and only after, indulge in sport he prefers.
    -- Albert Azaryan

    #Sports #Athlete #Sound

  • School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like Feldwebel (sergeants). I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam. What I hated most was the competitive system there, and especially sports. Because of this, I wasn't worth anything, and several times they suggested I leave.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Sports #Teacher #School

  • The time will come when public opinion will no longer tolerate amusements based on the mistreatment and killing of animals. The time will come, but when? When will we reach the point that hunting, the pleasure in killing animals for sport, will be regarded as a mental aberration?
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Sports #Animal #Hunting

  • I run in practically every single road race in my country, 5k, 10k just to promote the sport.
    -- Alberto Juantorena

    #Sports #Running #Country

  • In Cuba we use our champions to promote the sport.
    -- Alberto Juantorena

    #Sports #Champion #Cuba

  • We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport.
    -- Alberto Salazar

    #Sports #Running #Race

  • I really lack the words to compliment myself today.
    -- Alberto Tomba

    #Sports #Motivational Sports #Today

  • Oh God, if there be cricket in heaven, let there also be rain.
    -- Alec Douglas-Home

    #Sports #Rain #Heaven

  • I can't believe it. I can't believe it. Football. Bloody hell.
    -- Alex Ferguson

    #Sports #Football #Believe

  • I love The Miz. His approach to his job is second to none; it's extremely important to him that he prepares on a daily basis. I travel with him and from the moment he gets up to the moment he goes to bed it's all WWE, all sports entertainment. He keeps his body in shape and he is a true champion in the ring and out. He's a great representative of the company and I'm learning a lot from him, not only on TV but outside as well.
    -- Alex Riley

    #Sports #Jobs #Wwe

  • Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn't guarantee success, but without it you don't have a chance.
    -- Alex Rodriguez

    #Sports #Work #Sweat

  • I truly believe my job starts the minute I leave the baseball field. Going out and catching ground balls and hitting, that's a job, and that's what I've wanted to do ever since I was a kid. But when you think about leaving that field, that's when the job and the demands really start. In New York, Seattle, every city. The community, the media, business stuff. You have to stay on a narrow path.
    -- Alex Rodriguez

    #Sports #Baseball #Jobs

  • I just don't see the light. Where is the light? What am I in this for?
    -- Alex Rodriguez

    #Sports #Light

  • I kept thinking my father would come back, But he never did.
    -- Alex Rodriguez

    #Sports #Father #Thinking

  • People don't win because they're physically stronger. It's because they're stronger between the ears.
    -- Alex Shaffer

    #Softball #Sports #Motivation

  • I did everything - I did newscasts, I did sports, I did dramas.
    -- Alex Trebek

    #Sports #Drama

  • I am the person you'll see everyday training when everyone else has gone home. I live for the one moment of glory when I save that goal or sink that 3-point shot and score the winning basket. I am the sport, I am the glory, nothing can change that. I am an athlete, no one can forget that.
    -- Alexa Wilkinson

    #Sports #Home #Athlete

  • If we set out with... a scrupulous regard to the Constitution, the government will acquire a spirit and a tone productive of permanent blessings to the community. If on the contrary,... the Constitution is slighted, or explained away, upon every frivolous pretext, the future of government will be feeble, distracted and arbitrary. The rights of the subjects will be the sport of every party vicissitude. There will be no settled rule of conduct, but everything will fluctuate with the alternate prevalency of contending factions.
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Sports #Party #Blessing

  • Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.
    -- Alexander Hume

    #Sports #Bears #Unchristian

  • My heart lies in music and acting, however, my inspiration comes from adrenaline rush I get from sports... and life.
    -- Alexander Ludwig

    #Sports #Lying #Inspiration

  • A sport, a struggle for results and a fight for prizes. I think that the discussion about "chess is science or chess is art" is already inappropriate. The purpose of modern chess is to reach a result.
    -- Alexander Morozevich

    #Sports #Art #Struggle

  • Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust, Yet cry, if man's unhappy, God's unjust.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Sports #Men #Unhappy

  • I never really did sports growing up. Maybe that's why they intrigue me. The technology that goes into that clothing is steps ahead, so it's always been something I look towards.
    -- Alexander Wang

    #Sports #Growing Up #Technology

  • I wear sports clothes because I feel comfortable in them.
    -- Alexander Wang

    #Sports #Clothes #Feels

  • A woman can beat any man; it's difficult to imagine another kind of sport where a woman can beat a man. That's why I like chess.
    -- Alexandra Kosteniuk

    #Sports #Men #Chess

  • See, I respect boxing because it has given me so much and that's why I will never allow anyone to mistreat the sport of boxing if I can help it.
    -- Alexis Arguello

    #Sports #Boxing #Helping

  • Aside from a handful of guys boxing is missing the good trainers, that's why our sport is so in the air now because we don't have people who have the capability to not only train fighters but also train and create decent respectable citizens of the world.
    -- Alexis Arguello

    #Sports #Air #People

  • I actually love pressure. I loved playing sport at school in front of a crowd; I love being on stage in front of a big audience. I buzz off that.
    -- Alfie Allen

    #Sports #School #Love Is

  • Have you never, when waves were breaking, watched children at sport on the beach, With their little feet tempting the foam-fringe, till with stronger and further reach Than they dreamed of, a billow comes bursting, how they turn and scamper and screech!
    -- Alfred Austin

    #Inspirational #Sports #Beach

  • Some observers compare elections in some countries with sports events, where people are but spectators. Moreover, elections must not be mere interludes for pushing a lever and then retreating to passivity, for democracy demands committed participation in the daily workings of society.
    -- Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

    #Sports #Country #People

  • It was probably right after I made my comeback - after retiring post-2008 Olympics - when I finally felt more at ease with my body. Being away from the sport helped put things in perspective.
    -- Alicia Sacramone

    #Sports #Perspective #Ease

  • I literally tried every sport and was miserable. Soccer couldn't hold my attention. I couldn't figure skate. I'm afraid to swim. So I did dance for five years. It came a time where I was getting a little bit bored with it.
    -- Alicia Sacramone

    #Soccer #Sports #Years

  • Every sport pretends to a literature, but people don't believe it of any other sport but their own.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Sports #Believe #People

  • No myth dies harder, and none is more regularly debunked by the facts, than the one about international sports contributing to international friendship.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Sports #Facts #Myth

  • I'd rather have more heart than talent any day.
    -- Allen Iverson

    #Softball #Sports #Motivation

  • We talkin' bout practice?
    -- Allen Iverson

    #Sports #Practice

  • We talkin' about practice?
    -- Allen Iverson

    #Sports #Practice #Funniest Sports

  • I've been in Philadelphia 10 years, man. I knew it was going to be a challenge, mentally. I always thought life would come to an end if I ever left Philadelphia. And I feel like a newborn. Being in Denver it's just a better situation for me. And I'm just happy that I feel like I got an opportunity where I can win basketball games here.
    -- Allen Iverson

    #Basketball #Sports #Men