65 Second Place Quotes On Success In Life

These second place quotes will inspire you. Second place, used when listing the most important parts of something or the most important reasons for something.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging second place quotes, second place sayings, and second place proverbs.

Best Second Place Quotes

  1. “No one remembers who came in second.” ~ Walter Hagen
  2. “There is no such thing as second place. Either you’re first or you’re nothing.” ~ Gabe Paul
  3. “Coming in second place just means you were the first person to lose.” ~ Jeff Hawkins
  4. “I didn’t lose. I got second. That’s still winning. How could I be unhappy with second place? There are a million people who would love to be in my position.” ~ Lauren Alaina

  5. “Because I came in second place, it makes me want to work harder” ~ Diana DeGarmo
  6. “Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything in second place.” ~ William C. Bryant
  7. “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?” ~ Jesse Owens
  8. “No one remembers who took second place and that will neverbe me.” ~ Enzo Ferrari

  9. “I am tired of all these golfers who are happy with second place. The only one who will like you if you come in second place is your wife and your dog. And that is only if you have a good wife and a good dog.” ~ Gary Player
  10. “My dad taught us that there’s no greater distance than that between first and second place.” ~ Janet Jackson
  11. “Second place is the first loser.” ~ Dennis Anderson
  12. “Second place is just the first place loser.” ~ Dale Earnhardt

  13. “Whatever the reason, first place was always Solo, always, always, always, and second place was usually Chewbacca, because if you weren’t the one saving the galaxy, you might as well be eight feet tall and covered with hair.” ~ Charles Yu , Always second place quotes
  14. “When you get second place, you say ‘I could have won it here, I could have won it there.’ When you win, you never say anything; it’s finished.” ~ Greg LeMond
  15. “You’re all playin’ for second place.” ~ Larry Bird
  16. “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

  17. “Second place is meaningless. You can’t always be first, but you have to believe that you should have been – that you were never beaten – that time just ran out on you.” ~ Vince Lombardi
  18. “Nobody remembers second place.” ~ John Cena
  19. “Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” ~ Vince Lombardi
  20. “I think second place is always the most difficult one. It’s not a nice feeling.” ~ Bill Vaughan

  21. “My advice would be to follow your dream. Most of my life, I was in second place before I came in first place. I hope that inspired people to never give up.” ~ Jackie Evancho
  22. “There is no doubt that man is a competitive animal and there is no place where this fact is more obvious than in the ring. There is no second place. Either you win or you lose. When they call you a champion, it’s because you don’t lose. To win takes a complete commitment of mind and body.” ~ Rocky Marciano
  23. “I put my career in second place throughout both my marriages and it suffered. I don’t regret it. You make choices. If you want a good marriage, you must pay attention to that. If you want to be independent, go ahead. You can’t have it all.” ~ Lauren Bacall
  24. “Second place is really the first loser.” ~ George Steinbrenner

  25. “I give dignity second place to expedience.” ~ Jack Vance
  26. “God will put up with a great many things in the human heart, but there is one thing that He will not put up with in it–a second place. He who offers God a second place, offers Him no place.” ~ John Ruskin
  27. “I’ll admit, right away, that I am disappointed that we did not have a major trophy to show for our efforts. We were in four and we had a good side, but when you count second place as failure, then standards are becoming fantastically high. We never celebrate second place here.” ~ Bob Paisley
  28. “I never could stand losing. Second place didn’t interest me. I had a fire in my belly.” ~ Ty Cobb

  29. “It was a death struggle every day being a Yankee you either won or you lost. There was no second place. Half of us were nuts by the end of a season.” ~ Jerry Coleman
  30. “Being Number One isn’t everything to me, but for those few hours on the court it’s way ahead of whatever’s in second place.” ~ Billie Jean King
  31. “If I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); if I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” ~ Amy Carmichael
  32. “He who offers God a second place offers Him no place.” ~ John Ruskin

  33. “I don’t like second place; I’m out there trying to win everything.” ~ Tony Gonzalez
  34. “Lustful Desire (although ’twere rather fit To some brute creature to attribute it) Shall be presented in the second place, Because it shrouds a vile deformed face Beneath love’s vizard, and assumes that name, Hiding its own fault with the other’s blame.” ~ George Wither
  35. “A racehorse that consistently runs just a second faster than another horse is worth millions of dollars more. Be willing to give that extra effort that separates the winner from the one in second place.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  36. “There is no prize in sales for second place. It’s win or nothing. The masters know this and strive for – they fight for – that winning edge.” ~ Jeffrey Gitomer

  37. “I’m hearing in youth sports where you’re not allowed to post scores of games online; everybody’s gotta get a trophy. I mean, that’s ridiculous. If you’re a winner, you’re a winner and you get a trophy. If you got second place, you don’t get anything.” ~ Carli Lloyd
  38. “Timothy’s great value was that he was always willing to go anywhere; and in his hands a message was as safe as if Paul had delivered it himself. Others might be consumed with selfish ambition; but Timothy’s one desire was to serve Paul and Jesus Christ. He is the patron saint of all those who are quite content with the second place, so long as they can serve.” ~ William Barclay
  39. “It’s always been a dream of mine, and a childhood fantasy, to play a great champion. I would much rather haven been an athlete than an actor. This is like some second place consolation prize.” ~ Mark Wahlberg
  40. “In New York, they like winners. They don’t like second place.” ~ Eli Manning

  41. “It is a maxim, that those, to whom everybody allows the second place, have an undoubted title to the first.” ~ Jonathan Swift
  42. “Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who is above, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time.” ~ Aiden Wilson Tozer , Second place love
  43. “My sophomore year I placed 2nd, and my junior and senior year – I got smart and piled up enough points between myself and second place where I didn’t have to run the mile.” ~ Bo Jackson
  44. “When I’m with a man, my work takes second place – all I really want to do is get through the day so I can rush home to be with him. That’s because my man is the most important part of my life.” ~ Linda Evans

  45. “I led by three or four feet, with Biggy (John Biglow) surging closer on each stroke. I hated him in those last few seconds; he was the only reason my guts were being strewn over the water like an oil slick … I pressed one last time, and looked at the finish-line flagman. In that instant the flag jumped down and then up. The up stroke, identifying the second place finisher, was for me. John Biglow was the victor. I stared into the green-brown water watching my bloody soul drop through the depths, slowly rocking back and forth, occasionally glinting in the light, and then finally disappearing.” ~ Brad Alan Lewis
  46. “The more desires you have, the more misery you will create for yourself. Misery is a consequence of desiring – and you go on desiring. In fact, you think that if your desires are fulfilled your miseries will disappear. In the first place they are never fulfilled; in the second place, if they are fulfilled, nothing is fulfilled by their fulfillment. You remain as empty as you have always been – or even more, because up to now you were occupied with a certain desire; now even that is fulfilled. A deep deep emptiness comes to you.” ~ Rajneesh
  47. “Those whose life is long still strive for gain, and for all mortals all things take second place to money.” ~ Sophocles
  48. “Anger does not come easy to me. It is something I have to encourage, like a greyhound in second place.” ~ Joe Dunthorne

  49. “In the first place, then, men should guard against the beginning of change, and in the second place they should not rely upon the political devices of which I have already spoken invented only to deceive the people, for they are proved by experience to be useless.” ~ Aristotle
  50. “Flattery pleases very generally. In the first place, the flatterer may think what he says to be true; but, in the second place, whether he thinks so or not, he certainly thinks those whom he flatters of consequence enough to be flattered.” ~ Samuel Johnson
  51. “Neither should men study war with a view to the enslavement of those who do not deserve to be enslaved; but first of all they should provide against their own enslavement, and in the second place obtain empire for the good of the governed, and not for the sake of exercising a general despotism, and in the third place they should seek to be masters only over those who deserve to be slaves.” ~ Aristotle
  52. “It may be laid down as a general rule, that no woman who hath any great pretensions to admiration is ever well pleased in a company where she perceives herself to fill only the second place.” ~ Henry Fielding

  53. “It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not ladylike — in the second place, folks don’t like to have someone around knowin’ more than they do. It aggravates them. Your not gonna change any of them by talkin’ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn there’s nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language.” ~ Harper Lee
  54. “As important as the father is in the life of a child, even he must take second place to mother during the first three years of life…. Consequently, mothers actually have more to do with producing a predisposition toward homosexuality than fathers. Two kinds of mothers are particularly harmful – smother mothers and dominating mothers.” ~ Tim LaHaye
  55. “There is no blacklist. In the first place, in the entertainment business, money talks, bullshit walks. So Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins won’t be blacklisted because they are bankable stars. In the second place, if you are a woman, the only things you’re going to be blacklisted for in Hollywood are body fat and aging.” ~ Janeane Garofalo
  56. “It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not ladylike–in the second place, folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin’ more than they do.” ~ Harper Lee

  57. “I felt like – like I don’t know what. Like this wasn’t real. Like I was in some Goth version of a bad sitcom. Instead of being the A/V dweeb about to ask the head cheerleader to the prom, I was the finished-second-place werewolf about to ask the vampire’s wife to shack up and procreate. Nice. – Jacob” ~ Stephenie Meyer
  58. “I love feeling loved. I don’t love knowing that I will always come in second place. I love the fact that at least sometimes when I am in my home, I’m not alone. I don’t love the fact that it’s not always. I love not having to answer to him. I don’t love that he doesn’t answer to me. I love the way I feel when I am with him. I don’t love the way I feel when I’m not.” ~ Jodi Picoult
  59. “The Mosaic religion had been a Father religion; Christianity became a Son religion. The old God, the Father, took second place; Christ, the Son, stood in His stead, just as in those dark times every son had longed to do.” ~ Sigmund Freud
  60. “I did everything I could do and tried as hard as I could. In light of how I putted, I guess second place will do.” ~ Cristie Kerr

  61. “Without undervaluing any other human agency, it may be safely affirmed that the Common School, improved and energized, as it can easily be, may become the most effective and benignant of all the forces of civilization. Two reasons sustain this position. In the first place, there is a universality in its operation, which can be affirmed of no other institution whatever… And, in the second place, the materials upon which it operates are so pliant and ductile as to be susceptible of assuming a greater variety of forms than any other earthly work of the Creator.” ~ Horace Mann
  62. “From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second place of air and light, I set down the following record with its mixture of fact and truths and memories of truths and its direction toward the Third Place, where the starting point is myth.” ~ Janet Frame
  63. “Stan Slaughter is the thoroughbred of the environmental educators I’ve hired. Second place is not even close.” ~ Mike Patton

  64. “I think there are very few invisible musical instrument players out there who can claim the chops and sheer perseverance of Björn Türoque, the world’s perennial second-place air guitar champion. Whoever this Dan Crane might be, he’s captured the mad, seductive spirit of the arbitrary skill contest perfectly, and rocks it hard into the hot Finnish night. There is no number of umlauts that do this Jekyll and Hyde of air-rocking justice.” ~ John Hodgman
  65. “I don’t believe in democracy. In the second place, neither did our white forefathers. I believe, as they did, in a republican authoritarian republic with a limited electorate – just like the one the writers of our Constitution meant this country to be. When these white Christian patriots sat down to write the Declaration of Independence, there were no black citizens for them to worry about.” ~ George Lincoln Rockwell

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