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Sports quotes and quotations

Sport is imposing order on what was chaos.
Anthony Starr

What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
Arnold Palmer

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
Grantland Rice

Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.
Paul Rodriguez

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.
Bill Shankly

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
George F. Will

For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game.
Grantland Rice

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Heywood Broun

Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.
Joe Theismann

It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
John Wooden

My life is like a zombie movie! I survive game after game after game, but the football just keeps coming! The only way to stop team sports is to aim for the head.
Matt Milby

If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like.
Phyllis Diller

Not every age is fit for childish sports.
Titus Maccius Plautus

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
Wayne Gretzky

When you're in a slump, it's almost as if you look out at the field and it's one big glove.
Vance Law

I couldn't see the ball come off the club for the first 27 holes. It came off the club that fast.
Buddy Marucci

He's in the mold of a Tom Watson, in that he'll hit the ball in the trees and undaunted go it there, flail it out and make something out of it.
Gary Mccord

I'll let the racket do the talking.
John Mcenroe

Don't park in the spaces marked, "Reserved for Umpires.".
John Mcsherry

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Mario Andretti

If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
Jack Lemmon

Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity.
Daniel Burrus

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.
Jim Murray

There isn't a flaw in his golf or his makeup. He will win more majors than Arnold Palmer and me combined. Somebody is going to dust my records. It might as well be Tiger, because he's such a great kid.
Jack Nicklaus

If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.
William Shakespeare

Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.
Erma Bombeck

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
Vince Lombardi

It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.
Robert Lynd

It's amazing how much of this is mental. Everybody's in good shape. Everybody knows how to ski. Everybody has good equipment. When it really boils down to it, it's who wants it the most, and who's the most confident on his skis.
Reggie Crist

I play in the low 80s. If it's any hotter than that, I won't play.
Joe E. Lewis

If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment... quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there's going to be a life after tennis that's a lot longer than your tennis life.
Chris Evert Lloyd

I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man. I was lying to the press.
Roger Kahn

We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees.
Jason Kidd

Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
Willie Shoemaker

Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.
Yogi Berra

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.
Thomas J. Watson

Don't forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball.
Woodie Held

Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.
Roger Kahn

Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings.
George F. Will

A good hitter has timing. A good pitcher upsets timing.
Warren Spahn

Every time you go out on the ice, there are slight flaws. You can always think of something you should have done better. These are the things you must work on.
Dorothy Hamill

Whenever I feel like exercise I lie down until the feeling passes.
Robert M. Hutchins

He's as good at his age as Jack (Nicklaus) was, and look at what Jack has done in the gime of golf. That's the highest praise I can give anyone, to compare him to Jack Nicklaus.
Michael Bonallack

Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.
Paul Coffey

He's tough [Tiger Woods]. I wish I was that tough when I was his age.
John Daly

Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them.
Jimmy Demaret

They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. Golf is more complicated than that.
Gardner Dickinson

The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flagstick on top.
Pete Dye

Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball - you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that.
Nomar Garciaparra

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
A. Bartlett Giamatti

In my many years of coaching, he is the most focused in terms of the important aspects of his life and his goals. He is a giver, not a getter, and a product of two amazing parents.
Wally Goodwin

I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
Gerald R. Ford

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later.".
Joe Garagiola

Quick guys get tired; big guys don't shrink.
Marv Harshman

Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.
Ronnie Corbett

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.
Hugo L. Black

If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don't have to waste energy going back to pick it up.
Tommy Bolt

The will to win is worthless if you don't get paid for it.
Reggie Jackson

If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.
Bob Hope

I don't want to play golf. When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
Rogers Hornsby

If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.
Horace G. Hutchinson

With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can't think of anything to say to them.
Art Hill

If you're not just a little bit nervous before a match, you probably don't have the expectations of yourself that you should have.
Hale Irwin

World records are only borrowed.
Sebastian Coe

Fans don't boo nobodies.
Reggie Jackson