Top 39 Stoic Quotes For Athletes

Winning has always been part of athletes’ lives. They are full of passion with their favorite sports that they play almost every day. They practice and undergo rigid training, especially if there’s an upcoming tournament or match. Truly, dedication and interest are two things that they all have. Hence, if you’re one of those passionate sport-minded people, check this list of stoic quotes for athletes below.

“Show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.” -Knute Rockne

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” -Wilma Rudolph

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” -Muhammad Ali

“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.” -Paul Brown

“A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.” -Billie Jean King

 “Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything that comes in second.” -Paul Bryant“

“Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” -Vin Scully

 “You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going.”-Morgan Wootten

 “It kills me to lose. If I’m a troublemaker, and I don’t think that my temper makes me one, then it’s because I can’t stand losing. That’s the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first.” -Jackie Robinson

“A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.” -Pat Riley 

 “At a young age winning is not the most important thing… the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence.” -Arsene Wenger

“I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I Love to play.” -Boris Becker

“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

“Nothing is black-and-white, except for winning and losing, and maybe that’s why people gravitate to that so much.” -Steve Nash

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” -Grantland Rice

“We play a sport. It’s a game. At the end of the day, that’s all it is, is a game. It doesn’t make you any better or any worse than anybody else. So by winning a game, you’re no better. By losing a game, you’re no worse. I think by keeping that mentality, it really keeps things in perspective for me to treat everybody the same.” -Tim Tebow

“I never did say that you can’t be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I’d trip her up.” -Leo Durocher 

“Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.” -Kobe Bryant

“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.” -Emmitt Smith 

“No matter how much you’ve won, no matter how many games, no matter how many championships, no matter how many Super Bowls, you’re not winning now, so you stink.” -Bill Parcells

“All I cared about in tennis was winning.” -Pete Sampras

“Winning solves everything.” -Tiger Woods

“The secret to winning is constant, consistent management.” -Tom Landry

“Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result.” -Joe Torre

“The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything.” -Mia Hamm

“The critics are always right. The only way you shut them up is by winning.” -Chuck Noll

“I used to think that losing made you more hungry and determined but after my success at the Olympics and the U.S. Open I realise that winning is the biggest motivation.” -Andy Murray

“I’m a mad dog whose only concern is winning.” -Charles Barkley

“I’ve certainly had periods when I felt like life was winning and I was losing, so I think everybody can relate to that quandary — the temptation to give in, to give up, and then what It takes to keep going.” -Malcolm Gets

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.” -Arnold Palmer

“Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself.” -Roger Staubach

“I’m never tired of winning, and I’m never tired of skiing.” -Lindsey Vonn

“I just think winners win. And guys who won all the way through high school and college, the best player at every level, they have a way of making things happen and winning games.” -Tony Dungy

“I’m a pretty good winner. I’m a terrible loser. And I rub it in pretty good when I win.” -Tom Brady

 “It was never about winning medals or being famous.” -Nancy Kerrigan

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“If you’re going to play at all, you’re out to win. Baseball, board games, playing Jeopardy, I hate to lose.” -Derek Jeter

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” -Babe Ruth

“I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.” -Yogi Berra


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