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Motivational Quotes for Athletes

By Edited Mar 22, 2014 1 2

There are tons of great motivational quotes for athletes you can use to keep your team upbeat. Some of them have been around for ages, but for good reason, since they work quite well. The new, along with the old classics, they really all have their own place in today's competitive world. No matter what the sport is, coaches and manages need to give out the rah-rah speeches, so they're players stay focused and perform better. Let's look at some of the better motivational sports quotes for athletes. Some are simply for thinking about, while others can be inspirational.

"The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right."


Edward C. Simmons


This is one of my favorite motivational sports quotes for athletes. It really does a nice job of conveying a great message that is quite relevant to today's competitive athletic world. This essentially means that you must do all things exactly right, not just almost correct. Good enough isn't good enough. Those that want to succeed and be the best they can, must make sure they always do things exactly as they are supposed to. It's one of the classic motivational quotes for athletes. It's quite inspirational.


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"You can motivate players better with kind words than you can with a whip."


Bud Wilkinson


I think this motivational quote for athletes really displays a more modern approach to coaching and mentoring in general. Once upon a time, all coaches and managers were extreme taskmasters. Most would rule with an iron fist and lash out at the first sign of weakness. In today's world of competition, it may be best to use positive reinforcement. This motivational quote for athletes really applies to virtually all sports, and all walks of life, for that matter. It is inspirational and versatile.

"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."


Author Unknown


This is a very inspirational and motivational quote for athletes and all others trying to succeed. If you want to get to the top, you will have to work hard. That pretty much summarizes this great saying. Coaches, managers, and even players may wish to use this one. It's a timeless classic that conveys a great message. I really love this inspirational saying. I think it applies to all walks of life, including sports. It's a great motivational quote for athletes.

"There are some defeats more triumphant than victories."


Michel de Montaigne


This motivational sports quote for athletes could really come in handy when your team suffers a defeat. This is all about moral victories and doing the right thing. It essentially means that you should hold your head high even if you did not come out on top. In today's ultra competitive sports world, we tend to forget about everything except wins and losses. While inspirational sayings like this seem to be fading away, they should not be. This is one of the best motivational quotes for athletes.



Hopefully you can use some of motivational quotes for athletes. Many of the inspirational sayings can be used in virtually all sports, or for that matter, all walks of life.




Dec 16, 2009 8:08am
Before a really big football game in high school, our coach posted THIS quote to the inside of all of our lockers. I always liked this one... :)

"It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat." -- Roosevelt
Dec 16, 2009 8:09am
....so, if anyone accuses me of having too long of sentences in my articles...I point them back to THAT quote...lol....

...that is essentially 2 sentences. :)
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