Motivational Quotes A – F


‘Concentration is the ROOT of all the higher abilities in man.’ – Bruce Lee

‘Attention without intention is wasted energy.’ – Chris Bailey

‘I learned early in sports that to be effective – for a player to play the best he can play – is a matter of concentration and being unaware of distractions, positive or negative.’ – Tom Landry

‘Our sport is dangerous. We risk the life out there, so we need to stay calm and focused and leave all the rest out.’ – Valentino Rossi


‘If you only ever give 90% in training, then you will only ever give 90% when it matters.’ –  Michael Owen

‘The secret is not on the legs, but in the courage of going running when it rains, is windy or snows.’ – Kilian Jornet

‘The good ones do not always win, those who fight win.’ – Diego Pablo Simeone 

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

‘You can’t always control circumstances. However, you can always control your attitude, approach, and response. Your options are to complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.’ – Tony Dungy

‘Not always the tallest reach the highest, not always the fastest arrive earlier, not always the strongest are those who win the battle. But those who train the most, strive and believe in the team are the ones who will win the most times.’ – Pau Gasol

‘Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.’ – John Wooden

‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ – Wayne Gretzky

‘The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.’ – John Bingham

‘There are many people who strive every day and are not lucky enough to reach the top. The important thing is the path, to think on day to day, to think that things are going to come.‘ – Rafael Nadal

‘We all have a choice, try, or give up and get depressed, I chose to try.’ – Pablo Cimadevila

‘Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.’ – William James

‘Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.’ – Mark Twain

‘Everything can be taken from a man, except one thing: the last of human liberties: choosing one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, choosing their own path.’ – Viktor Frankl

‘What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.’ – Jane Goodall

‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is courage that counts.’ – Alicia Coutts

‘Nothing makes me more determined to succeed than someone telling me something’s impossible.’ – Jackie Chan

‘Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our attitude.’ – Viktor Frankl

‘Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.’ – Kobe Bryant

‘Nothing makes me more determined to succeed than someone telling me something’s impossible.’ – Jackie Chan


‘Life is meant to be a challenge, because challenges are what make you grow.’ – Manny Pacquiao 

‘Adversity isn’t an obstacle that we need to get around in order to resume living our life. It’s part of our life.’ – Aimee Mullins

‘It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.’ – Vince Lombardi

‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’ – T.S. Eliot

‘You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.’ – Abraham Maslow

‘The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution.’ – Seneca

‘I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way.’ – Roger Federer

‘You always recognize a great champion … [by] how they come back from a loss.’ – Georges St-Pierre

‘Adversity is the fertilizer to growth.’ – Ken Ravizza

‘The great fights with your strongest rivals are always the biggest motivation. When you win easily it’s not the same.’ – Valentino Rossi

‘Make an obstacle and opportunity, make a negative a positive.’ – Lance Armstrong

‘There is no such thing as an easy stage.’ – Vincenzo Nibali

‘Tough times don’t last, tough people do.’ – Julian Edelman

‘The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will be comfortable.’ – Conor McGregor

‘Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.’ – Alan Cohen

‘It is what you do with the rough patches that will define the athlete you’ll become.’ – Dana Vollmer

‘There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it.’
– Roger Federer

‘If you win without sacrifice you enjoy it but it’s more satisfying when you have struggled.’
– Andrés Iniesta

‘You have to go through rough patches to achieve great things.’ – Victoria Azarenka


‘The more you believe in yourself, the faster you’re going to get.’ – Adam Peaty

‘If you don’t have confidence, you will always find a way not to win.’ – Carl Lewis

‘The more matches I play, the more confident I get.’ – Maria Sharapova

‘You just have to prove to yourself that you can go out there and be the best that you can be and not prove anything to anyone.’ – Serena Williams


‘You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.’ – Marcus Aurelius

‘He is most powerful who governs himself.’ – Seneca

‘Nothing is ours except time.’ – Seneca

‘When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.’ – Viktor Frankl

‘The best fighter is never angry.’ – Lao Tzu

‘There are things we can’t control – like the wins and losses.’
– Jim Courier

‘You can’t always control the circumstances – only how you react to those circumstances; you can always control your attitude and your effort.’ – Jennie Finch

Deliberate Practice

‘It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.’ – Eric Lindros

‘You can work really hard, but if you’re not training in the right way you’re not going to improve and get to the level that you want to.’ – Michael Chang


‘Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.’ – Lou Holtz

‘You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.’ – Jerry West

‘Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.’ – Mother Theresa

‘Joy is strength.’ – Mother Theresa

‘If there is one magic word that stands out above all the rest, it is discipline.’ – Jim Rohn

‘If you quit once, it’s so much easier to quit the second, third, fourth time.’ – Michael Chang

‘All the good stuff is on the other side of tired.’ – Andre Agassi


‘Just play, have fun, enjoy the game.’  – Michael Jordan

‘Sport in the end is for that: for people to enjoy.’ – Miguel Indurain

‘Everything I have achieved in football is due to playing football in the streets with my friends.’
– Zinedine Zidane


‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.’ – Tim Notke

‘It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.’ – Babe Ruth

‘The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.’ – Pelé

‘Make each day your masterpiece.’ – John Wooden

‘There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.’ – Derek Jeter

‘Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.’ – Arnold Palmer

‘Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.’ – Matt Biondi

‘In the dust of defeat as well as in the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.’ – Eric Liddell

‘If you train badly, you play badly. If you work like a beast in training, you play the same way.’ – Pep Guardiola

‘I will forgive players if they don’t grasp it at first – but I will not forgive them for not trying.’ – Pep Guardiola

‘You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.’
– Lionel Messi

‘Hard work does not guarantee success, but no work guarantees failure.’
– Cesc Fabregas

‘I have a need to play intensely every day, to fight every match hard.’ – Zinedine Zidane

‘I think my secret is that there’s no shortcuts for hardwork, determination and having that don’t give up attitude.’ – Jerry Rice

‘Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.’ – Jerry Rice

‘Everyone sees the glory moments, but they don’t see what happens behind the scenes.’ – Allyson Felix

‘Goals never come easy. No one gives you goals.’ – Frank Lampard

‘Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.’
– Andre Agassi


‘If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.’ – Abraham Maslow

‘The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.’
 – Jimmy Johnson

‘Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.’ – Shaquille O’Neal

‘In racing there are always things you can learn, every single day. There is always space for improvement, and I think that applies to everything in life.’ – Lewis Hamilton

‘When it comes down to it, determination has a greater impact than giftedness.’ – Kristin Armstrong

‘What makes the difference between a great player and just a normal player is dedication, work, commitment.’ – Thierry Henry


‘You cannot be afraid to fail, it is the only way to succeed. You are not going to succeed all the time, and I know that.’ – Lebron James

‘Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.’ – Bruce Lee

‘We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.’ – Abraham Maslow

‘It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.’ – Seneca

‘We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.’ – Seneca

‘Your will to win must be stronger than your fear of losing.’ – Mike Horn 

‘Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working then that’s where doubt comes in.’ – Conor McGregor

‘Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.’ – Roy T. Bennett

‘We fear the future because we are wasting today.’ – Mother Theresa

‘If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.’ – Kobe Bryant

‘I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.’ – Serena Williams

‘Never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a stepping stone to improvement. Never be overconfident because that will block your improvement.’ – Tatchakorn Yeerum


‘Flow in the living moment. — We are always in a process of becoming and NOTHING is fixed.’ – Bruce Lee

These quotes have been compiled from various sources and time periods. In compiling the quotes the author has made every reasonable effort to correctly attribute each citation to the original author. Despite all attempts made to verify the information provided, the author assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or contradictory interpretations.