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Quotations: Sportsmanship

But rules cannot substitute for character.
Alan Greenspan, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board (b. 1926)

Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.
Joe Paterno, college football coach

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova, tennis player

If it is a clichť to say athletics build character as well as muscle, then I subscribe to the clichť.
Gerald Ford, 38th President

Sports gives your life structure, discipline, and a pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide.
Bob Cousy, basketball player

One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it.
Knute Rockne, football coach

I never thought about losing, but now that itís happened, the only thing is to do it right.
Muhammad Ali, boxer

Football is like life. It teaches work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority.
Vince Lombardi, football coach

World War II was a must win.
World War II was a must win.

Dictators lead through fear; good coaches do not.
John Wooden, basketball coach

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
Ara Parseghian, football coach

Iíve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, missed the game-winning shot 26 times. Iíve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan, basketball player

Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King, tennis player

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky, hockey player

The only way to prove youíre a good sport is to lose.
Ernie Banks, baseball player

It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.
Harry Sheehy, athletic director

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.
Ronnie Lott, football player

The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi, football coach

It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.
Vince Lombardi, football coach

The will must be stronger than the skill.
Muhammed Ali, boxer

Love never fails, character never quits, and dreams do come true.
Pete Maravich, basketball player

Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose.

Itís not up to anyone else to make me give my best.
Hakeem Olajuwon, basketball player

In golf and in life, itís the follow-through that makes the difference.

If all Iím remembered for is being a good basketball player, then Iíve done a bad job with the rest of my life.
Isiah Thomas, basketball player

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Vince Lombardi, football coach

When the game is over, it is really just beginning.
Jerry Kramer, football player

When the Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game.
Grantland Rice, sportswriter

Always imitate the behavior of the winner when you lose.

He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
Lao-tzu, Chinese founder of Taoism (fl. 6th century B.C., possibly apocryphal)

Win or lose, do it fairly.
Knute Rockne, American football player and coach (1888-1931)