10 quotes from top athletes to inspire you to greater heights - Tifosi Sports

10 quotes from top athletes to inspire you to greater heights

Whether it pertains to a person’s personal, professional or sports endeavours, success is rarely an overnight occurrence. Athletes, perhaps more than anyone else, know the struggles and hard work that is required to reach the peak, and quite a few have shared their own words of wisdom to inspire their peers and those that will come after them.

Here are ten quotes that will reignite your fire to aim for the highest goal.

1. Wayne Gretzky


Wayne Gretzky - On the ice playing hockey


“You will always miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Playing basketball


“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.”

3. Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton - Standing on the beach with her surfboard with waves at the back.


“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”

4. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali - Posing for a picture with his gloves on.


“It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

5. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan - On the basketball court


“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.”

6. Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith - Waiting for the football game to begin.


“For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.”

7. Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm - Kinking the ball in a football match.


“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.”

8. Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi - Swinging his tennis racket in a match.


“Remember this. Hold on to this. This is the only perfection there is, the perfection of helping others. This is the only thing we can do that has any lasting meaning. This is why we’re here.”

9. Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi - Posing for a picture in his football gear.


“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

10. Cameron Trammell

Cameron Tramell - Posing for a picture in full gear with his helmet under his arm.


“Win if you can, lose if you must, but never quit.”

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