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I think you enjoy the game more if you don’t know the rules. Anyway you’re on the same wavelength as the referees. Jonathan Davies, 1995

If the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, it’s that girls should stick to girls’ sports, such as hot oil wrestling, foxy boxing, and such and such. Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out. George Brett, 1986

Losing is the great American sin. Jerome Holtzman

The essence of sports is that while you’re doing it, nothing else matters, but after you stop, there is a place, generally not very important, where you would put it. Roger Bannister

If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score? Vince Lombardi

An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head. Emil Zatopek

It’s like going into a nuclear war with bows and arrows. Joe Kinnear, comparing finances and resources in high-dollar and low-dollar sports teams

I thought lacrosse was what you find in la church. Robin Williams, 1982

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Officials are the only guys who can rob you and then get a police escort out of the stadium. Ron Bolton





If you screw things up in tennis, it’s 15-love. If you screw up in boxing, it’s your ass. Randall “Tex” Cobb

We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time. Vince Lombardi

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. Michael Jordan

Winners never quit and quitters never win. Vince Lombardi

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. Bobby Unser

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. Michael Jordan

I will not permit thirty men to travel four hundred miles to agitate a bag of wind. Andrew Dickson White

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words, it is war minus the shooting… there are quite enough real causes of trouble already, and we need not add to them by encouraging young men to kick each other on the shins amid the roars of infuriated spectators. George Orwell

We can’t win at home and we can’t win on the road. My problem as general manager is I can’t think of another place to play. Pat Williams

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I was called “Rembrandt” Hope in my boxing days, because I spent so much time on the canvas. Bob Hope

To dope the racer is as criminal, as sacrilegious, as trying to imitate God; it is stealing from God the privilege of the spark. Roland Barthes

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Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning, you get off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you’re in a slump. If you lose at the end, you’re choking. Gene Mauch

He has turned defensive boxing into a poetic art. Trouble is, nobody ever knocked anybody out with a poem. Eddie Shaw, referring to Herol “Bomber” Graham

It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans. Robert Lynd

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Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi

It is not up to me whether I win or lose. Ultimately, this might not be my day. And it is that philosophy towards sports, something that I really truly live by. I am emotional. I want to win. I am hungry. I am a competitor. I have that fire. But deep down, I truly enjoy the art of competing so much more than the result. Apolo Ohno

I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match. Mia Hamm

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. Babe Ruth

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. Muhammad Ali

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Fans are the only ones who really care. There are no free-agent fans. Dick Young

When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up. It’s like the Constitution, which says separate church and state. You have to separate mind and body. Bill Lee

These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it. From a Charles Barkley commercial for basketball shoes, 1993

Just give me 25 guys on the last year of their contracts; I’ll win a pennant every year. Sparky Anderson

Finish last in your league and they call you Idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you Doctor. Abe Lemons

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Sports do not build character. They reveal it. Heywood Broun

Champions keep playing until they get it right. Billie Jean King

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life. Billie Jean King

Football is football and talent is talent. But the mindset of your team makes all the difference. Robert Griffin III

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Henry David Thoreau

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In play there are two pleasures for your choosing –
The one is winning, and the other losing.
Lord Byron

People understand contests. You take a bunch of kids throwing rocks at random and people look askance, but if you go and hold a rock-throwing contest — people understand that. Don Murray

All sports are games of inches. Dick Ritger

Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through. Sport gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves. Rita Mae Brown

When it comes to sports I am not particularly interested. Generally speaking, I look upon them as dangerous and tiring activities performed by people with whom I share nothing except the right to trial by jury. Fran Lebowitz

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A good vacation for me is going to warm weather. Being able to go outside, in the sun, hit the beach, play outside sports. Being active outside. Going swimming, hanging by the pool, having a couple drinks, having a couple of your close buddies around, and just having a blast. Rob Gronkowski

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. Michael Phelps

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The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game. Michael Jordan

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. William Arthur Ward

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is. Bob Feller

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If I lose at play, I blaspheme; if my fellow loses, he blasphemes. So, God is always the loser. John Donne, 1623



American professional athletes are bilingual; they speak English and profanity. Gordie Howe, 1975

Prize fighters can sometimes read and write when they start — but they can’t when they finish. Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

We have forty-four defenses for him, but he has forty-five ways to score. Al Attles, on Nate Archibald

Sports are too much with us. Late and soon, sitting and watching — mostly watching on television — we lay waste our powers of identification and enthusiasm and, in time, attention as more and more closing rallies and crucial putts and late field goals and final playoffs and sudden deaths and world records and world championships unreel themselves ceaselessly before our half-lidded eyes. Roger Angell

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There’s three things men always talk about – women, sports, and cars. Mario Lopez

Sports teaches you to understand the meaning of a team. You need to be able to work with everybody; you don’t have to be their best friend. You can experience the fun of competition and driving toward a common goal without pushing to bond in some major way with each individual on a project. Kathleen Kennedy

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I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself. Ferdinand Porsche

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. Dan Gable

You’re playing worse every day and right now you’re playing like the middle of next week.

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I cannot for the life of me see why the umpires, the only two people on a cricket field who are not going to get grass stains on their knees, are the only two people allowed to wear dark trousers. Katharine Whitehorn

Many continentals think life is a game; the English think cricket is a game. George Mikes, How to Be an Alien, 1946

Cricket — a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented in order to give themselves some conception of eternity. Lord Mancroft

Oh God, if there be cricket in heaven, let there also be rain. Alec Douglas Home

Cricket is baseball on valium. Robin Williams

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Golf is a game in which you yell ‘fore,’ shoot six, and write down five. Paul Harvey

Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world. Babe Ruth

Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models. Bill Bradley

Apart from education, you need good health, and for that, you need to play sports. Kapil Dev

At school I pretended I had a normal life, but I felt lonely all the time and different from everyone else. I never felt like I fit in, and I wasn’t allowed to participate in after-school activities, go to sports events or parties or date boys. Many times I had to make up stories about why I couldn’t do anything with my classmates. Joyce Meyer

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There’s more to boxing than hitting. There’s not getting hit, for instance. George Foreman

I’m fanatical about sport: there seems to me something almost religious about the fact that human beings can organise play, the spirit of play. Simon Gray, 1995

Squash is boxing with racquets. Jonah Barrington

Crystallizing my feelings about the game, I find that squash is less frustrating than golf, less fickle than tennis. It is easier than badminton, cheaper than polo. It is better exercise than bowls, quicker than cricket, less boring than jogging, drier than swimming, safer than hang gliding. John Hopkins, Squash: A Joyful Game, 1980

My only feeling about superstition is that it’s unlucky to be behind at the end of the game. Duffy Daugherty

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It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling. Mark Twain

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. Hunter S. Thompson

If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score? Vince Lombardi

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To me, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing. Whatever you do in cricket and in sport, enjoy it, be positive and try to win. Ian Botham

Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. Mike Singletary

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Life is simply a cricket match, with temptation as the bowler. Author Unknown

If horses can’t eat it, I won’t play on it. Dick Allen

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever. Vince McKewin, from the movie The Replacements

Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. Author Unknown

Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won. Author Unknown

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Band members have a special bond. A great band is more than just some people working together. It’s like a highly specialized army unit, or a winning sports team. A unique combination of elements that becomes stronger together than apart. Steven Van Zandt

That’s one thing you learn in sports. You don’t give up; you fight to the finish. Louis Zamperini

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out. Rodney Dangerfield

There are only two seasons – winter and Baseball. Bill Veeck

The ball is man’s most disastrous invention, not excluding the wheel. Robert Morley, 1965

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Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. The mounting of this illusion defines the purpose and accounts for the immense wealth of American sports. It is the ceremony of innocence that the fans pay to see — not the game or the match or the bout, but the ritual portrayal of a world in which time stops and all hope remains plausible, in which everybody present can recover the blameless expectations of a child, where the forces of light always triumph over the powers of darkness. Lewis H. Lapham, Money and Class in America, 1988

One of the advantages bowling has over golf is that you seldom lose a bowling ball. Don Carter

The bowling alley is the poor man’s country club. Sanford Hansell

[T]he finish line is sometimes merely the symbol of victory. All sorts of personal triumphs take place before that point, and the outcome of the race may actually be decided long before the end. Laurence Malone

It’s not whether you win or lose — but whether I win or lose. Sandy Lyle

The Russians have a weapon that can wipe out two hundred eighty thousand Americans. That puts them exactly ten years behind Howard Cosell. Red Smith

Motor racing’s less of a sport these days than a commercial break doing 150 mph. Peter Dunne, 1992

Sport is a preserver of health. Hippocrates

It is not how big you are, it’s how big you play. Author Unknown

A tough day at the office is even tougher when your office contains spectator seating. Nik Posa

The key is not the “will to win” — everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. Bobby Knight

You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

All a manager has to do is keep eleven players happy — the eleven in the reserves. The first team are happy because they are in the first team. Rodney Marsh, 1979

The Rock knew his wrestling career was over when he looked across the ring and saw his opponent… THE PAPER. Jerry Thomas