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Best Inspirational Quotes By Famous Athletes

True athletes don’t only have incredible talents, but they also have a powerful spirit that is able to inspire many people across the world. Although seeing them succeed and achieve unimaginable results is already very motivating by itself, it really makes us want to push harder and work better when you hear some of their stories and know the backgrounds of their lives.

It wasn’t easy for all of them, but with self-discipline, hard work, belief and persistence, they managed to achieve what not everyone can. Therefore, we have collected some of the most powerful inspirational quotes by athletes that wrote the history.

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Let’s start!

1. Michael Jordan

“Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.”

“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.”

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'”

“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.”

“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.”

2. Muhammad Ali

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”

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“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”

3. Michael Phelps

“The more you dream the more you achieve.”

“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”

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“If you want to be the best, you have to do things that other people aren’t willing to do.”

“I can only control my own performance. If I do my best, then I can feel good at the end of the day.”

4. Lionel Messi

“If football has taught me anything, its that you can overcome anything IF, and only IF, you love something enough.”

“Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.”

“In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision.”

“I have many years to get better and better, and that has to be my ambition. The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.”

“Every year I try to grow as a player and not get stuck in a rut. I try to improve my game in every way possible. But that trait is not something I’ve worked on, it’s part of me.”

5. Harmon Killebrew

“I’m not a quitter. All my career, I went through a lot of physical adversity, injuries. It’s in my nature to be a battler.”

“Hospice is such a tremendous thing. Patients seem to reach an inner peace.”

“Life is precious and time is a key element. Let’s make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.”

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