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.
Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
Hunter S. Thompson
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.
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.
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.
If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day.
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.
Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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.
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.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
Henry David Thoreau
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
William Arthur Ward
Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.
Golf is a good walk spoiled.
Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.
I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.
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.
Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.
Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable.
Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
George Bernard Shaw
Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
You win some, lose some, and wreck some.
You can't win unless you learn how to lose.
You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball.
James Patrick Murray
Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.
Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.
I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.
Golf is a game in which you yell "fore," shoot six, and write down five.
I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
Fans don't boo nobodies.
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.
If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
Bobby Knight told me this: 'There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.' In other words a good offense wins.
I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down.
It's a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.
If you drink don't drive. Don't even putt.
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.
The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.
I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible.
Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
Joyce Carol Oates
Life is about timing.
I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
Gerald R. Ford
If you got the game, you got the game. That's why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.
Wrestling is ballet with violence.
Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.