Motivational Quotes for Athletes

Motivational Quotes for Athletes

More and more professional athletes have asked me to create a blog post on motivational quotes for athletes. Some people dedicated to extreme training often need a motivational boost. Most people agree that powerful motivational quotes can contribute to more intense motivation and consequently in better results. Few months ago I was training for Ironman. For this purpose I made an awesome list of motivational quotes for athletes to use. I’d love to share this list with you because I know how much it can help us in training. If you want a list of more than 100 motivational quotes for athletes you should download “1001 Quotes – By Anders Hasselstrøm” for free.


Motivational Quotes for Athletes


Best List of Motivational Quotes for Athletes

1. 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 – Mia Hamm

2. Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter – Stephen King

3. I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done – David Goggins

4. Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser – Vince Lombardi

5. 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

6. Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts – Dan Gable

7. Adversity causes some men to break and others to break records – William Ward

8. I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match – Mia Hamm

9. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run – Babe Ruth

10. Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority – Vince Lombardi

11. Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else – Vince Lombardi

12. Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong – Unknown

13. When you put on that jersey, the name on the front is more important then the name on the back – Miracle

14. Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game – Babe Ruth

15. Love is playing every game as if it’s your last – Michael Jordan

16. You don’t just want to beat a team. You want to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see your face again – Mia Hamm

17. The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching – Anson Dorrance

18. I’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up – Vince Lombardi

19. Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding – Jim Valvano

20. A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t – Jack Dempsey

21. It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters – Evander Holyfield

22. 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


Most Powerful and Motivational Quotes for Athletes


Need more inspiration?

Motivational quotes for athletes is one way of boosting your motivation before an important game or extreme training. Motivational quotes for athletes works better and have a stronger impact when combined with other sources of motivation. I always watch the most inspirational youtube videos before I have to perform. Combining the motivational quotes for athletes and the inspirational youtube videos is the most awesome mix to boost motivation. I sincerely hope you can use this in your training.


The floor is yours…

What do you do before an important match? Do you listen to inspirational songs? Do you watch motivational movies? Leave a comment below and let’s become more motivated together.


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  • Robert

    Hi Anders – I really like those quotes, especially #3: I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done – David Goggins I would have needed them years ago when I was a cyclist ;-)

  • Anders Hasselstrøm

    Hey Robert. Always a pleasure having you around :o) Did you bike a lot back in the days?