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.
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.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
To me, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing.
You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?
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.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
William Arthur Ward
Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.
Just be patient. Let the game come to you. Don’t rush. Be quick, but don’t hurry.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.
The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible
Frank L. Gaines
I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.
A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.
Mary Lou Retton
The five Ss of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit, but the greatest of these is spirit.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.
I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.
Pain is only temporary but victory is forever.
Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.
Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.
When you put on that jersey, the name on the front is more important then the name on the back.
Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them
a desire, a dream, a vision.
Love is playing every game as if it’s your last.
There is no glory in practice, but without practice, there is no glory.
The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching.
You and your opponent want the same thing. The only thing that matters is who works the hardest for it.
You don’t always get what you wish for, you get what you work for.
The best athletes in the world are those who are willing to push harder then anyone else, and go through more pain then anyone else.
The score never interested me, only the game.
You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn’t enough, in the second half, you have to give what’s left.
You don’t just want to beat a team. You want to leave a lasting impression in their minds so they never want to see your face again.
Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.
I’m the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures.
Sports is human life in microcosm.
The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.
The more I practice, the luckier I get.
I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles.