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Babe Ruth

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

Babe Ruth

“Winning isn’t everything–but wanting to win is.”

Vince Lombardi


Mae West

“The score never interested me, only the game.”

Mae West


Dave Barry

“The problem with winter sports is that — follow me closely here — they generally take place in winter.”

Dave Barry


Babe Ruth

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”

Babe Ruth

“Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys…It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.”

Paul Maurer,

The Gift – A Runner’s Story


Yogi Berra

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Yogi Berra


James Patterson

“Hello, Max,” he said quietly, searching my face. “How do you feel?”

Which was a ten on the “imbecilic question” scale of one to ten.

Why, I feel fine, Jeb,” I said brightly. “How about you?”

Any nausea? Headache?”

Yep. And it’s standing here talking to me.”

James Patterson

“I feel the need to endanger myself every so often.”

Tim Daly


Mia Hamm

“Many people say I’m the best women’s soccer player in the world. I don’t think so. And because of that, someday I just might be.”

Mia Hamm

“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.”

Vince Lombardi


Erma Bombeck

“If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

Erma Bombeck


Dave Barry

“Have you noticed that whatever sport you’re trying to learn, some earnest person is always telling you to keep your knees bent? ”

Dave Barry


Criss Jami

“If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After awhile you’ll see your rivals scrambling for second place.”

Criss Jami,

Killosophy


William Arthur Ward

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. ”

William Arthur Ward


Rodney Dangerfield

“I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.”

Rodney Dangerfield


Dave Barry

“Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.”

Dave Barry

“In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.”

Eric Liddell


Tiger Woods

“Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.”

Tiger Woods


David Halberstam

“[On writing:] “There’s a great quote by Julius Irving that went, ‘Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.'”

(One On 1, interview with Budd Mishkin; NY1, March 25, 2007.)”

David Halberstam,

Everything They Had: Sports Writing


Wayne Gretzky

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”

Wayne Gretzky


Haven Kimmel

“I later discovered that in order to be a good athlete one must care intensely what is happening with a ball, even if one doesn’t have possession of it. This was ultimately my failure: my inability to work up a passion for the location of balls.”

Haven Kimmel,

Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana


Criss Jami

“With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.”

Criss Jami,

Venus in Arms


Harry Crews

“I think all of us are looking for that which does not admit of bullshit . . . If you tell me you can bench press 450, hell, we’ll load up the bar and put you under it. Either you can do it or you can’t do it—you can’t bullshit. Ultimately, sports are just about as close to what one would call the truth as it is possible to get in this world.”

Harry Crews,

Getting Naked with Harry Crews: Interviews


Jonathan Haidt

“Sports is to war as pornography is to sex.”

Jonathan Haidt

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