65 Sportsmanship Quotes On Success In Life

These sportsmanship quotes will inspire you. Sportsmanship is an aspiration or ethos that a sport, or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake or fair and generous behavior or treatment of others, especially in a sports contest.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging sportsmanship quotes, sportsmanship sayings, and sportsmanship proverbs.

Best Sportsmanship Quotes

  1. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ~ Michael Jordan
  2. “The most important lesson I’ve learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship.” ~ Amy Van Dyken
  3. “Good sportsmanship goes beyond the game; it starts with respect.” ~ Tommy Hilfiger
  4. “Sportsmanship is the ethical and moral dimension of sports. It is demonstrated by a number of attributes and attitudes such as fair play, respect for the rules and traditions of the sport and various traits of good character including integrity (abiding by the letter and spirit of the rules and concepts of honor); demonstrated respect for others including teammates, opponents, officials and spectators; accountability, self-control, and graciousness in victory and defeat.” ~ Michael Josephson , Sportsmanship quotes integrity
  5. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Xunzi

  6. “If character is what you do when no one is watching, then sportsmanship is that conduct with everybody watching.” ~ Bob Ley
  7. “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.” ~ Knute Rockne
  8. “Struggle and survival, losing and winning, doesn’t matter. It’s entering the race that counts. You enter, you can win, you can lose …. but it’s all about entering the race.” ~ Pam Grier
  9. “Sportsmanship is that quality of honor that desires always to be courteous, fair, and respectful, and it is interpreted in the conduct of players, spectators, coaches, and school authorities.” ~ Fielding H. Yost
  10. “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  11. “If you win through bad sportsmanship that’s no real victory.” ~ Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  12. “The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” ~ Ken Doherty
  13. “Sports is a moral undertaking because it requires of participants, and it schools spectators in the appreciation of, noble things – courage, grace under pressure, sportsmanship.” ~ George Will
  14. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ~ Michael Jordan
  15. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” ~ Vince Lombardi

  16. “Remember that sports are meant to be fun. Don’t let someone make the sport unfun for you.” ~ A. J. Kitt
  17. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ John Wooden
  18. “Competition is great for everyone. Sports can teach you so much at an early age, including camaraderie and sportsmanship. Competition aspect is something I’ve always been big on – I always wanted to compete in something. It was swimming for many years, then I moved on to basketball. I had to find a way to channel my competitive energy, so I’m lucky that basketball worked out for me.” ~ Tim Duncan
  19. “Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains.” ~ Marvin J. Ashton , Sportsmanship quotes life
  20. “Sportsmanship is making sure you have respect for the guy you’re playing across from.” ~ Warren Moon

  21. “Follow your dreams as long as you live! Never be afraid to go out on the limb to live up to your expectations. Always do things your way and Have Fun!” ~ Picabo Street
  22. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” ~ Seneca the Younger
  23. “Good sportsmanship means treating others with respect. I consider myself a pretty good sport.” ~ Tommy Hilfiger
  24. “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.” ~ Michael Jordan
  25. “When champions fail, they get back up and try again. They don’t let failure discourage them.” ~ Mary Ellen Clark

  26. “Pride makes us do things well. But it is love that makes us do them to perfection.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  27. “I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.” ~ Gordie Howe
  28. “Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.” ~ Charlie Finley
  29. “I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.” ~ Arnold Palmer
  30. “Sportsmanship, next to the Church, is the greatest teacher of morals.” ~ Herbert Hoover

  31. “I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game, that we are only as a good as our opponents, and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent.” ~ Sue Wicks
  32. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~ John Wooden
  33. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~ John Wooden
  34. “Class is striving hard to be the best at what you do while taking the needs of others into consideration” ~ Roger Staubach
  35. “Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.” ~ Fred Perry

  36. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” ~ John Wooden
  37. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” ~ Michael Jordan
  38. “For what I get paid to get into the ring, I owe it to my fans to uphold the institution of sportsmanship.” ~ Mike Tyson
  39. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Will Rogers
  40. “Life is a game like any other; we just don’t take it as seriously.” ~ Babe Ruth

  41. “On Chris Evert: Before I even met her, she stood for everything I admired in this country: poise, ability, sportsmanship, money, style.” ~ Martina Navratilova
  42. “There is no such thing as sportsmanship.” ~ Terrell Davis
  43. “Professionalism is not sportsmanship. If you don’t succeed, you won’t be in your profession for long. In our society, it’s not about good or bad. It’s about who’s on top.” ~ Chili Davis
  44. “Cycling is so hard, the suffering is so intense, that it’s absolutely cleansing. The pain is so deep and strong that a curtain descends over your brain….Once; someone asked me what pleasure I took in riding for so long. ‘PLEASURE???? I said.’ ‘I don’t understand the question.’ I didn’t do it for the pleasure; I did it for the pain.” ~ Lance Armstrong
  45. “Never buy gold, simply earn it” ~ Mary Kom

  46. “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” ~ Ronnie Lott
  47. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” ~ Mike Singletary
  48. “Sports for me is when a guy walks off the court, and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost when he carries himself with pride either way.” ~ Jim Courier
  49. “The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.” ~ Brian Tracy
  50. “It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.” ~ Mark Twain

  51. “It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.” ~ John Wooden
  52. “I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give up the idea. I’m only six feet tall, so I couldn’t play basketball. I’m only 190 pounds, so I couldn’t play football, and I have 20/20 vision, so I couldn’t be a referee.” ~ Jay Leno
  53. “The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” ~ Ernie Banks
  54. “Golf is a great way for someone to learn discipline, responsibility, and sportsmanship.?” ~ Tiger Woods
  55. “I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.” ~ Dean Smith

  56. “Good sportsmanship we hail, we sing, It’s always pleasant when you spot it. There’s only one unhappy thing: You have to lose to prove that you’ve got it.” ~ Richard Armour
  57. “If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much, and winning is not very exciting.” ~ Dick Vermeil
  58. “I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame or a professional career to practice clean living, fair play, and good sportsmanship.” ~ Major Taylor
  59. “Sportsmanship and easygoing methods are all right, but it is the prospect of a hot fight that brings out the crowds.” ~ John McGraw
  60. “We want to put sportsmanship back in the equation.” ~ Eric Hyman

  61. “Dan really came into his own pitching last year (during Legion play). He received the sportsmanship award during the regional tournament.” ~ Wade Clark Mackey
  62. “She’s learned to listen more and improve different aspects of her game. I’m most proud that she’s improved her sportsmanship, her demeanor on the field. She’s still working on leadership and that’s improving.” ~ Elaine Jones
  63. “I was pleased with both games. Our sportsmanship was outstanding.” ~ Wade Clark Mackey
  64. “That wasn’t good, that wasn’t sportsmanship. I was amazed he took that shot.” ~ Tristan Blackwood
  65. “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” ~ Muhammad Ali

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