57 Dan Gable Quotes On Success In Life

Danny Mack Gable is an American former folkstyle and freestyle wrestler and coach. Considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Gable is a two-time NCAA Division I national champion, a world gold medalist, and an Olympic gold medalist. Gable was only the third wrestler to have ever been inducted into the United World Wrestling’s Hall of Fame in the Legend category. On December 8, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump awarded Gable with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. These Dan Gable quotes will motivate you.

Best Dan Gable Quotes

  1. “Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. Give everything you got today for tomorrow may never come.” ~ Dan Gable
  2. “The 1st period is won by the best technician. The 2nd period is won by the kid in the best shape. The 3rd period is won by the kid with the biggest heart.” ~ Dan Gable
  3. “I’m a big believer in starting with high standards and raising them. We make progress only when we push ourselves to the highest level. If we don’t progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness, and poor attitude.” ~ Dan Gable
  4. “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” ~ Dan Gable
  5. “Once you’ve wrestled, everything in life is easy.” ~ Dan Gable

  6. “When I’d get tired and want to stop, I’d wonder what my next opponent was doing. I’d wonder if he was still working out. I’d tried to visualize him. When I could see him working, I’d start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I’d push myself harder.” ~ Dan Gable
  7. “If you’re afraid to fail, you’ll never succeed.” ~ Dan Gable
  8. “Raising your level of performance requires a proper mentality and meaning from within. This gives you the ability and drive to work on the things necessary to go to a higher level. When people ask me how to raise their level of performance, the first thing I ask is, How important is it to you?” ~ Dan Gable
  9. “More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride.” ~ Dan Gable
  10. “Determination is the strength needed to succeed.” ~ Dan Gable

  11. “Wrestling… what men do during boys basketball season.” ~ Dan Gable
  12. “A clean, hard-fought wrestling match is the most honest of athletic contests. There is no technological interventions, no teammates to blame, no panel of judges to bias the score. In wrestling, you compete or you quit. No alibis. I like that” ~ Dan Gable
  13. “There’s always ways of motivating yourself to higher levels. Write about it, dream about it. But after that, turn it into action. Don’t just dream.” ~ Dan Gable
  14. “Talent is everywhere, winning attitude is not.” ~ Dan Gable
  15. “I shoot, I score. He shoots, I score.” ~ Dan Gable
  16. “Always remember the pain of defeat, and never let it happen again.” ~ Dan Gable

  17. “The easiest thing to do in the world is pull the covers up over your head and go back to sleep.” ~ Dan Gable
  18. “When I lifted weights, I didn’t lift just to maintain my muscle tone. I lifted to increase what I already had, to push to a new limit. Every time I worked, I was getting a little better. I kept moving that limit back and back. Every time I walked out of the gym, I was a little better than when I walked in.” ~ Dan Gable
  19. “I vowed I wouldn’t ever let anyone destroy me again. I was going to work at it every day, so hard that I would be the toughest guy in the world. By the end of practice, I wanted to be physically tired, to know that I’d been through a workout. If I wasn’t tired, I must have cheated somehow, so I stayed a little longer.” ~ Dan Gable quotes
  20. “There is no mat space for malcontents or dissenters. One must neither celebrate insanely when he wins, nor sulk when he loses. He accepts victory professionally, humbly; he hates defeat, but makes no poor display of it.” ~ Dan Gable
  21. “You can’t ever work too much because there’s no such thing as being in too good condition. You can’t ever lift too many weights because you can’t ever get too strong. You can’t ever wrestle too much because you can always do better.” ~ Dan Gable
  22. “I never won anything by myself. I was always strong because of help that gave me extra strength to win.” ~ Dan Gable
  23. “Great wrestlers make other wrestlers great” ~ Dan Gable

  24. “If we don’t progress, we backslide into bad habits, laziness and poor attitude.” ~ Dan Gable
  25. “I can take anyone down at anytime; they can’t take me down; no one can ride or turn me; I can control anyone.” ~ Dan Gable
  26. “The obvious goals were there- State Champion, NCAA Champion, Olympic Champion. To get there I had to set an everyday goal which was to push myself to exhaustion or, in other words, to work so hard in practice that someone would have to carry me off the mat.” ~ Dan Gable
  27. “If you want to train and work hard 3 months out of the year, well, then, UNI is a great place to go. If you want to bust your tail 6 months out of the year, you should be very happy at ISU. But if you want to train and develop into a champion 12 months out of the year, then Iowa is the place for you.” ~ Dan Gable
  28. “My advice to young wrestlers is that your surroundings really make a difference. You want to put yourself in good, positive surroundings.” ~ Dan Gable

  29. “We, as a wrestling community, better remember it is more than one individual that makes a winner.” ~ Dan Gable
  30. “Wrestlers are a little more dedicated than, and are different from, the other people, which may be strange.” ~ Dan Gable
  31. “A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to my mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world.” ~ Dan Gable
  32. “My valleys are higher than most people’s peaks. I stay at that level.” ~ Dan Gable
  33. “All I worried about was what Owings was doing to me, instead of what I was doing to him. When you start worrying about that stuff, you’re going down the wrong path.” ~ Dan Gable
  34. “If you are afraid to fail, you will never succeed.” ~ Dan Gable

  35. “Wrestling is the only sport I’ve ever competed in that puts you totally in a situation of constant motion without breaks. I could play football or baseball, swim — but there’s always some kind of situation that would break my thoughts, break my concentration.” ~ Dan Gable
  36. “Wrestling has been a way of life with me day in and day out. I won’t get too far away from it. I might walk through the wrestling room once a week. I could go every day if I wanted. But just walkthrough, make sure it’s still there.” ~ Dan Gable
  37. “My mind’s never gone very far away from what I wanted to accomplish.” ~ Dan Gable
  38. “Greatness in the mat is achieved through training that makes you push to survive.” ~ Dan Gable
  39. “But we’ve got to work. We can’t just live on reputations at all – by any means.” ~ Dan Gable

  40. “Right out of high school I never had the fear of getting beat, which is how most people lose.” ~ Dan Gable
  41. “I’m delighted to be back in coaching. Our goal is to put Iowa wrestling back on top, and I want to do everything I can to make it happen.” ~ Dan Gable
  42. “My coaches were great. My mom and dad. My dad never missed a wrestling meet.” ~ Dan Gable
  43. “I’ve never changed my life since I was 4 and went to the YMCA with a gym bag. I still have that philosophy. In fact, I still have that gym bag.” ~ Dan Gable
  44. “There’s nothing like success.” ~ Dan Gable
  45. “More endearingly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride.” ~ Dan Gable
  46. “But after that, turn it into action. Don’t just dream.” ~ Dan Gable

  47. “My wrestling and family go together. It’s always been that way, from day one with my mom and dad, my sister, my wife, four daughters, grandsons, son-in-law.” ~ Dan Gable
  48. “I don’t think college wrestling is in danger of extinction by any means. But I am concerned if one program drops.” ~ Dan Gable
  49. “The bells are a very good investment. They never break if they are maintained. I can teach the kids the basics. They may play bells for only one year, but many of them go on to play at local churches.” ~ Dan Gable
  50. “I’ve been a fanatic about working out all my life.” ~ Dan Gable

  51. “If you’re going to stay in the Olympics, you’ve got to be entertaining and get sponsorship.” ~ Dan Gable
  52. “There is no mat space for malcontents or dissenters.” ~ Dan Gable
  53. “You don’t really measure the year until the whole year is done. I’m sure there are some concerned people, including the coaches right now.” ~ Dan Gable
  54. “Many of those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom have come through the wrestling ranks. We need to honor them and win this decision to have wrestling – the world’s oldest sport – remain a part of the most prestigious athletic competition in the world, the Olympics.” ~ Dan Gable
  55. “I went to college. I had a double major in biology and physical education, but my major was wrestling.” ~ Dan Gable
  56. “When my wrestlers got their hands raised, I jumped for joy.” ~ Dan Gable
  57. “Freedom across the world is a result of many individuals working together.” ~ Dan Gable

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