What are some motivational quotes for athletes?


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One good motivational quote for athletes is from baseball legend Babe Ruth: "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” Experts say motivational quotes can inspire athletes and actually improve performance on the playing field.

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The Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence at The University of North Texas compiled a good a list of motivational quotes on their website, broken down into ten categories.

Among them is this good quote about motivation from boxer Muhammed Ali: “Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.”

Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vernon Law had this to say about overcoming adversity: "Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward."

College basketball coach Bobby Knight emphasizes that the real opponent in any sport is the game itself: "You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball."

NFL coach Chuck Noll has a good variation on the famous quote from sportswriter Grantland Rice, "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game." Noll extends the advice to coaches: "A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning."

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