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15 Inspirational Quotes From Professional Athletes

Everybody seems to have a quote they love, or draw upon for strength or motivation. You know the type, words strung together so perfectly that they awaken one’s soul.

 Kristin Armstrong world-champion cyclist with quote overlay 

Whether you’re an athlete or just pushing through your daily grind, these 15 quotes will make you want to be the best version of yourself. 

Kristin Armstrong

“Everyone else can sleep in but you need to continue to give it everything if you want to end up on the top step…”

Michael Jordan

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

Paul “Bear” Bryant

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

Muhammad Ali

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

Michael Phelps

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.” 


“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”

Picabo Street 

“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.”

Evander Holyfield

“It is not the size of man, but the size of his heart that matters.”

Jerry Rice

“Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”

Larry Bird

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”

Charles Barkley

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful.” 

Related: 13 Things You Should Tell Yourself Every Day

Yogi Berra

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” 

Babe Ruth

“It’s hard to beat the person who never gives up.”

Mia Hamm

“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the  match.”

Wayne Gretzky

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

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