20 Motivational Quotes for Athletes

There is no set formula or calculated method for achieving success as an athlete; however, one’s ability to harness the powerful potential of the mind–particularly when training, practicing, or preparing–and subject the body to those demands can ultimately prove to be the difference. These motivational quotes for athletes are all intended to provide inspiration, but merely reading them will never translate to superior results. Let the following quotes for athletes sink in, but immerse yourself in your sport(s), your training, your preparation, your nutrition, and your overall well-being. With all of that said, here are 20 quotes for athletes.

#1 of 20 Motivational Quotes for Athletes:
“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.” – Unknown

“You can have results or you can have your excuses. You cannot have both.” – Unknown

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

#5 of 20 Motivational Quotes for Athletes:
“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” – Michael Jordan

“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

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

“Only the weak attempts to accomplish what he knows he can already achieve.” – Stella Juarez

“If there is any such thing as good luck, it is that which results from hard work and preparation.” – Unknown

#10 of 20 Motivational Quotes for Athletes:
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.” – Lynn Jennings

“I have failed many times, but I have never gone into a game expecting myself to fail.” – Michael Jordan

“How am I to know what I can achieve if I quit?” – Jason Bishop

“There are only two options regarding commitment: you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between.” – Unknown

#15 of 20 Motivational Quotes for Athletes:
“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” – Unknown

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” – Marilyn vos Savant

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“I know what I have to do, and I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I’ll come out a winner, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.” – Florence Griffith Joyner

“Quitters never win, and winners never quit.” – Unknown

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#20 of 20 Motivational Quotes for Athletes:
“The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

My Quote (Addition to 20 Motivational Quotes for Athletes):
“If your mind tells your body to stop, you will stop. Train your mind first and enslave your body to it.”

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