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sports quotes (156)

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.
Hank Aaron   Category: Sports

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball. Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood why fans are so obsessed with them.
Hank Aaron   Category: Sports

You can't win unless you learn how to lose.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar   Category: Sports

Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.
Joe Adcock   Category: Sports

I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
Muhammad Ali   Category: Sports

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

Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
Red Auerbach   Category: Sports

Bulls do not win bull fights. People do.
Norman Ralph Augustine   Category: Sports

The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose.
Ernie Banks   Category: Sports

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
Charles Barkley   Category: Sports

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.
Charles Barkley   Category: Sports

You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black.
Charles Barkley   Category: Sports

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
Dave Barry   Category: Sports

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.
Jack Benny   Category: Sports

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.
Yogi Berra   Category: Sports

You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
Yogi Berra   Category: Sports

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
Ambrose Bierce   Category: Sports

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.
Jim Bishop   Category: Sports

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.
Hugo Black   Category: Sports

Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?
Al Boliska   Category: Sports

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy going back to pick it up.
Tommy Bolt   Category: Sports

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Erma Bombeck   Category: Sports

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
Erma Bombeck   Category: Sports

Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Jim Bouton   Category: Sports

You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.
Jim Bouton   Category: Sports

If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out.
George Brett   Category: Sports

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

You know they're not going to lose 162 consecutive games.
Harry Caray   Category: Sports

Nobody roots for Goliath.
Wilt Chamberlain   Category: Sports

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
Gilbert K. Chesterton   Category: Sports

Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.
Paul Coffey   Category: Sports

I'm a competitive person and I love the challenge of mastering new things.
Sasha Cohen   Category: Sports

Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.
Doug Collins   Category: Sports

New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.
Jimmy Connors   Category: Sports

All sports for all people.
Pierre de Coubertin   Category: Sports

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

The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.
George Deukmejian   Category: Sports

You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.
Joe DiMaggio   Category: Sports

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.
Tim Duncan   Category: Sports

You win some, lose some, and wreck some.
Dale Earnhardt   Category: Sports

He hits it long. His shoulders are impressively quick through the ball. That's where he's getting his power from. He's young and has great elasticity.
Nick Faldo   Category: Sports

I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today.
Gerald R. Ford   Category: Sports

I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
Gerald R. Ford   Category: Sports

I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.
Robert Frost   Category: Sports

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

Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
Joe Garagiola   Category: Sports

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
Joe Garagiola   Category: Sports

One thing you learned as a Cubs fan: when you bought you ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.
Joe Garagiola   Category: Sports

The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
Steve Garvey   Category: Sports

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
Frank Gifford   Category: Sports

Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.
Frank Gifford   Category: Sports

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.
Billy Graham   Category: Sports

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
Wayne Gretzky   Category: Sports

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

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore," shoot six, and write down five.
Paul Harvey   Category: Sports

The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.
Ernest Hemingway   Category: Sports

Sometimes in football you have to score goals.
Thierry Henry   Category: Sports

I'm not buddy-buddy with the players. If they need a buddy, let them buy a dog.
Whitey Herzog   Category: Sports

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don't you?
Ben Hogan   Category: Sports

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
Ben Hogan   Category: Sports

The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight.
Ben Hogan   Category: Sports

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
Herbert Hoover   Category: Sports

If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.
Bob Hope   Category: Sports

I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
Rogers Hornsby   Category: Sports

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Rogers Hornsby   Category: Sports

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.
Gordie Howe   Category: Sports

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
Phil Jackson   Category: Sports

If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
Phil Jackson   Category: Sports

Fans don't boo nobodies.
Reggie Jackson   Category: Sports

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.
William James   Category: Sports