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Posted by :Mick Spruce
Posted on :February 24, 2010
Last Modified on :February 24, 2010
Sportsmanship Quotes
"Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly."

"Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice,
perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority are the price each and
every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."
-Vince Lombardi

can’t play being mad. I go out there and have fun. It’s a game, and that’s how I am going to
treat it."
-Ken Griffey, Jr.

"A good coach will make his players see what they can be
rather than what they are."
-Ara Parashegian

"In the end, it’s extra effort that
separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with
complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and
self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow
man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?"

"Nobody will think you’re somebody if you don’t think so yourself."

-African-American proverb

"The impossible is often untried."

"The probability
that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be
-Abraham Lincoln

"Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce
uncommon results."

"Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off
your face."

"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t
accept not trying."
-Michael Jordan

"I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired
this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what
else happened."
-Wilma Rudolph

"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

"It’s not
how hard you’ve pushed along the way. It’s having something in you to finish."

"The purpose of any athletic endeavor is to challenge human limits both on and off the
playing field."

"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to
see who has the most guts."
-Steve Prefontaine

"You win some, you lose some, but you
always try again."

"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The
opportunity to play."
-Mike Singletary

"The man who can drive himself farther once the
effort gets painful is the man who will win."
-Sir Roger Bannister

"The higher the
goal, the harder the climb, but taken each day, one step at a time. The goal is accomplished, the
dream is attained, and the prizes? The wisdom and strength that are gained."
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"I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my
goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down."

"Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that
cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains."

"Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It
was here first."
-Mark Twain

"The only way you can truly control how you are seen is
being honest all the time."
-Tom Hanks

"We have all been placed on this earth to
discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else’s idea of life."

-James Van Praagh

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have
-Henry David Thoreau

"The most important decision I ever made in my career was
to live my life in sports as honestly and ethically as possible. Never having compromised my values
allows me to look back on my life with no regrets and feel satisfaction in what I was able to
-Greg LeMond

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

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

"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
-Wayne Gretzky

"Persistence can
change failure into extraordinary achievement."
-Matt Biondi

"It`s lack of faith that
makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself."
-Muhammad Ali

your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision,
hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe."

-Gail Devers

"The Spirit of Sports: The spirit of sports gives each of us who participate
an opportunity to be creative. Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the
ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way no other aspect of life can.
For many of us who struggle with `fitting in` or our identity - sports gives us our first face of
confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things!"

"The most important lesson I`ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious
winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins
all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss
than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship. I mean, it`s really tough to
shake the hand of someone who just beat you, and it`s even harder to do it with a smile. If you can
learn to do this and push through that pain, you will remember what that moment is like the next
time you win and have a better sense of how those competitors around you feel. This experience will
teach you a lot on and off the field!"
-Amy Van Dyken

"Athletic competition clearly
defines the unique power of our attitude."
-Bart Starr

"Doing your best is more important
than being the best."
-Shannon Miller

"I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one
mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you`re the one talking."

-Gordie Howe

"Sports creates a bond between contemporaries that lasts a lifetime. It also gives
your life structure, discipline and a genuine, sincere, pure fulfillment that few other areas of
endeavor provide."
-Bob Cousy

"The answers to these questions will determine your success
or failure. 1) Can people trust me to do what`s right? 2) Am I committed to doing my best? 3) Do I
care about other people and show it? If the answers to these questions are yes, there is no way you
can fail."
-Lou Holtz

"Confidence is a very fragile things."
-Joe Montana

yourself is it right or wrong and act accordingly."
-Otto Graham, Jr.

"Follow your dreams
as long as you live! Never be afraid to go out on the limb to live up to your expectations. Always
do things your way and Have Fun!"
-Picabo Street

"Never look to the ground for your next
step. Greatness belongs to those who look to the horizon."
-Bud Greenspan

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

"Competitive sports are played
mainly on a five-and-a-half inch court, the space between your ears."

"Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them."

-Brad Burden

"Victory is in the quality of competition, not the final score."

"Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in
-Robert Collier

"I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those
battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything
-Arthur Ashe

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression."


"An open mind opens doors."

"Only those who dare to fail greatly
can ever achieve greatly."
-Robert F. Kennedy

"Treat a person as he is, and he will
remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be."

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

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."

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


"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

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."

"Winning isn`t always
finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing."
-Manuel Diotte

"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

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

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

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

"Concentration is the ability to think
about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary."
-Ray Knight

"A quitter
…kisses the cup.
…kisses the ground.
…runs out a grounder.

…runs through the signs.
…signs autographs.
…signs for free.
…plays for
…plays for keeps.
…keeps her/his promises.
…keeps going.
…gets it together.
…gets noticed.
…gets promoted.
…gets an
…brings his/her 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

"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."

"I think I`ve always had the shots. But in the past, I`ve suffered too many mental lapses.
Now, I`m starting to get away from that and my mental discipline and commitment to the game are much
better. I think I`m really taking a good luck at the big picture. That`s the difference between
being around for the final or watching the final from my sofa at home."

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."

"When someone tells me there is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under
my butt. My instant reaction is, I`m gonna prove you wrong."
-Picabo Street

"I`ll always
be Number 1 to myself."
-Moses Malone

"The country is full of good coaches. What it takes
to win is a bunch of interested players."
-Don Coryell, ex-San Diego Chargers

"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

"The more honor
and respect among the players, the greater the team."

"Good coaching is about
leadership and instilling respect in your players. Dictators lead through fear--good coaches do
-John Wooden

"So many coaches forget that when they take the fun out of something,
it`s just not something people want to do."
-Michelle Johnson

"In order for there to be
ups, there must be downs. Remember all your failures, so when you succeed you can look back and have
pride that you had strength enough to overcome."

"Improve your performance by
improving your attitude."

"People do not lack strength; they lack will."

-Victor Hugo

"Strive for excellence, not pefection."

"Accept challenges so
that you may feel the exhilaration of victory."

"All glory comes from daring to

"When champions fail, they get back up and try again. They don`t let
failure discourage them."
-Mary Ellen Clark

"Good coaches teach respect for the
opposition, love of competition, the value of trying your best, and how to win and lose
-Brooks Clark

"There are times when you`re tired and times when you don`t
believe in yourself. That`s when you have to stick it out and draw on the confidence that you have
deep down beneath all the doubts and worries."
-Jim Abbot

"Set your goals high, and don`t
stop till you get there."
-Bo Jackson

"Winners never quit, and quitters never win."


"Winning isn`t everything. Wanting to is."
-Catfish Hunter

"T.E.A.M. stands
for T.ogether E.veryone A.chieves M.ore."

"Some people dream of success while
others wake up and achieve it."

"Whoever said `It`s not whether you win or lose
that counts` probably lost."
-Martina Navratilova

"Physical fitness is not only one of
the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual
activity. The relationship between the soundness of the body and the activities of the mind is
subtle and complex. Much is not yet understood. But we do know what the Greeks knew: that
intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and
strong; that hardy spirits and tough minds usually inhabit sound gods."

"I believe
that coaches and athletes should realize that the athletic department field, court or diamond can be
made an extension of the classroom, a place where you and your teammates are learning more than just
how to prepare to win. The field, the court, and the diamond should be places where athletes are
constantly learning about the game in which they participate, about their coaches and teammates, and
perhaps most importantly, about themselves."
-Phillip R. Shriver, University of Miami

"Struggle and survival, losing and winning, doesn`t matter. It`s entering the race that
counts. You enter, you can win, you can lose .... but it`s all about entering the race."

-Pam Grier

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.
Never excuse yourself."
-Henry Ward Beecher

"No student ever attains eminent success by
simply doing what is required of him/her; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above
the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction."
-Charles Kendall
Adams, American Historian

"Failures are divided into two classes - those who thought and never
did, and those who did and never thought."
-John Charles Salak, American Writer

pride in yourself. Be your own person. Don`t do things because everyone else does them. Don`t be
part of the crowd. Dare to be different. Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe to be
right, even if it means standing alone!"
-Jack Lambert, NFL Linebacker

"Sportsmanship to
me is going out and playing as hard as you can within the rules."
-Bobby Bowden

"I would
rather win than have good sportsmanship."
-Allen Iverson

Sportsmanship is "making sure
you have respect for the guy your`re playing across from."
-Warren Moon

for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can`t tell whether he won or lost, when he
carries himself with pride either way."
-Jim Courier

"There is no such thing as
-Terrell Davis

"I think sportsmanship means that you should be able to go
100 miles an hour and hit someone in the face, as many times as you want to and be able to get up
and shake him in the hand and stare him in the face when you`re done with it."

"Gold medals don`t make champions...hard work does."

"The will to win
is not worth a nickel unless you have the will to practice."

"The greatest test
of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."

"The only thing
better than winning is losing knowing you gave your best."
-Michael Ip

"What lies behind
us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
-Ralph Waldo

"When you`re playing it as a business ... your livelihood depends on winning and losing
and so sometimes sportsmanship is lost, as in the process of billion dollar companies."

-Danny Ainge

"We can talk about the value of sportsmanship on one hand, and on the other hand,
the leading shots, highlights ... you see every night are the outrageous and unsportsmanlike, so I
think there is a double standard here. On the one hand, we complain about it, on the other hand it`s
the first thing you see every night."
-Joe Dumars

"You want me to lie and say I think
about they`re watching me and what I`m doing is going to affect them, and I`ll tell you the truth, I
don`t care!"
-Shannon Page

"I am not a role model."
-Charles Barkley

trying to define sportsmanship, I think most folks would agree, responsibility and self respect,
qualities that today seem in short supply at times. If character is what you do when no one is
watching, then perhaps sportsmanship is that conduct with everybody watching. Frankly, the sports
industry would probably survive without sportsmanship. It`s so large and so well financed, but it
would be refreshing if more parents and coaches, more administrators and more journalists, and
especially more players realized there is room to win with flare and style and even get rich and
still keep the values that first brought us here to the games."
-Bob Ley

"Winners make
goals, losers make excuses."

"There are no gains without pains."

-Benjamin Franklin

"Accept challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory."


"Champions believe in themselves even if no one else does."

together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."

"Failure will hurt but not hinder us."

"Together we stand, by ourselves
we fall flat."

"There is no such thing as a great talent without a great

"Strength Within, Pride Throughout."
-Acton-Boxboro Varsity
Girls Basketball

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising each and every time
we fail."

"Remember that sports are meant to be fun. Don`t let someone make
the sport unfun for you."
-A.J. Kitt

"We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try."

-Tom Clancy

"For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that
you won or lost — but how you played the game!"
-Grantland Rice

"Doing what is right,
fair and honorable is more important than winning or losing."
-Chick Moorman

"It does not
matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up."

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

"Success is measured by effort."

"Goals determine what you`re going to
-Julius Erving

"How a man plays the game shows something of his character; how he
loses shows it all."
-Tribune (Camden County, GA)

"Champions do not become champions when
they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The
victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character."

-T. Alan Armstrong

"Never look down on anybody unless you`re helping him up."
Reverend Jesse Jackson

"Obstacles are what we see only when we lose sight of our goals."


"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn."

-Benjamin Franklin

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."

-Michael Jordan

"One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching
-Knute K. Rockne

"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a
-Japanese Proverb

"The best way to predict your future is to create it."


"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

-Mother Teresa

"If you train hard, you`ll not only be hard, you`ll be hard to beat."

-Herschel Walker

"The minute your start talking about what you`re going to do if you lose, you
have lost."
-George Shultz

"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break
-William A. Ward

"The difference between a successful person and others is not
lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital."

"Opportunities multiply as they are seized."
-Sun Tzu

"To succeed . . . you
need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you."

-Tony Dorsett

"If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it."
-Ronnie Lott

a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with
that plan."
-Tom Landry

"It`s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice
that counts; it`s what you put into the practice."
-Eric Lindros

"It is a rough road that
leads to the heights of greatness."

"The best inspiration is not to outdo others,
but to outdo ourselves."

"Show me a guy who`s afraid to look bad, and I`ll
show you a guy you can beat every time."
-Lou Brock

"If you don`t do what`s best for your
body, you`re the one who comes up on the short end."
-Julius Erving

"Each Warrior wants
to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of
ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the
solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!"
-Pat Riley

"I always felt that
my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability."

"A winner never whines."
-Paul Brown

"Great works are performed not by strength
but by perseverance."
-Samuel Johnson

"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
-Hank Aaron

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it`s an all-time thing. You
don`t win once in a while, you don`t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the
time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
-Vince Lombardi

"The mind is the
limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it - as long
as you really believe 100 percent."
-Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Courage is the price that
life exacts for granting peace."
-Amelia Earhart

"When elephants fight, it is the grass
that suffers."
-Kikuyi Proverb



On February 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm Mick Spruce Said:
Cool list with sportsmanship quotes! LOL
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