quotations about sports

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Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

JOHN WOODEN, attributed, What I Know about Baseball is What I Know about Life


The more the love for sport, the more it loves us back. The more effort we put into it every day, the more we will learn and achieve.

JAYANTI JHA, "Live a gameful life of beauty", The Statesman, July 31, 2017


I've never lost a game; I just ran out of time.

BOBBY LAYNE, attributed, Impartial Judgment


Sports are a most excellent device with which to test a man's character.

OLAUS MAGNUS, attributed, Day's Collacon


Remind yourself why playing sports is a valuable experience for them: it's an emotional rehearsal for other things your kids will go through.

EILEEN HOENIGMAN MEYER, "How to Help Your Kids Deal When Their Team Is Getting Crushed", PopSugar, July 24, 2017


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 you've got it.

RICHARD ARMOUR, "Good Sportsmanship"


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After serious matters, let us indulge in a season of sport.

HORACE, attributed, Day's Collacon


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Guys care about sports teams. I'm not talking about simply rooting; I'm talking about a relationship that guys develop, a commitment to a sport team that guys take way more seriously than, for example, wedding vows.

DAVE BARRY, Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys


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Apparently he was convinced that exercise on the wooden horse and flying rings would cure my scholarly stoop, and make a kind of grenadier of me. If so, he was in error, for I remain more or less Bible-backed to this day, and am often mistaken for a Talmudist. All that the Y.M.C.A.'s horse and rings really accomplished was to fill me with an ineradicable distaste, not only for Christian endeavor in all its forms, but also for every variety of calisthenics, so that I still begrudge the trifling exertion needed to climb in and out of a bathtub.

H. L. MENCKEN, Heathen Days: Mencken's Autobiography: 1890-1936


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After a season of sport, the mind is prepared to resume its studies with increased vigor.

PHAEDRUS, attributed, Day's Collacon


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Sometimes, we forget that sports are just sports. It's not brain surgery. It's not a war where people fight for something so ferociously that they risk their own life. It's not science and the fight to cure cancer. Yet, Ray Allen deciding to sign a contract to play basketball with a rival team has filled so many people with an irrational hate and fury they do things like freeze him out from a reunion to celebrate a title he was crucial in helping them win. It causes a fan base in Oklahoma City to lose their minds. Sweet little old ladies, young children, fathers, mothers, lawyers, doctors, etc. wearing cupcake shirts, making homemade signs, yelling and screaming vitriol even burning his jersey to berate, bully and express their anger for Kevin Durant for simply choosing to leave his employer for another employer which he had every right to do. It is completely and utterly mindbogglingly flabbergasting to me.

KAYTE CHRISTENSEN, "Sometimes We Forget Sports Are Just Sports", CBS Sacramento, July 30, 2017


Sports are loved by so many of us, and we need to appreciate that everyone has a story to tell about the games we love. Yes, women too.

DOUG GLANVILLE, "Who Gets to Call the Game?", New York Times, July 29, 2017


Yet the glory of the sports pages
Is but the worship of false idols and tempts him not

BILLY BRAGG, "God's Footballer"


Welcome to the wonderful world of sports
Ev'ryone looks great in a pair of shorts
If you're having fun when you run
if you give it all when you get the ball
you're welcome to the wonderful world of sports

THE REAL GROUP, "The Wonderful World of Sports"


For some individuals, playing sports is the most meaningful aspect of their life, and sometimes I wonder who we are as providers to take that away from them with all the positive aspects sports can provide athletes.

TYLER C. DUFFIELD, "Is Football Worth Gambling With High School And College Players' Brains?", Forbes, July 26, 2017


For me not playing sports is like other people not breathing. I just love it. I love being on a team.

ALLYSON DESROSIERS, "La Salle's Desrosiers combines academics and perseverance to set example", Providence Journal, July 29, 2017


Playing sports is an all-for-one and one-for-all tradition.

RICK RENDELL, "The Fletcher family held a sports legacy at Wayland High School", Metro West Daily News, July 8, 2017


Having fun while playing sports is harder than it seems from the sofa. This is as true for amateur athletes as it is for professionals but certainly moreso when one's livelihood is on the line. Every athlete feels the frustration of failure. If those failures pile up, the sport stops being fun. That predicament only multiplies when every performance is also an audition.

LTG8, "Phils Just Wanna Have Fun: Phillies 10, Marlins 3", The Good Phight, July 19, 2017


The essential value of spectator sports lies in their capacity to illustrate, in a dramatic way, the process of human goal-achievement. They do this by making the process shorter, simpler, and more visually exciting than it is in daily life--and by giving us heroes to admire.

THOMAS A. BOWDEN, Santa Monica Daily Press, February 5, 2007


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You always know it's not going to be like this forever. That's just -- it's part of playing sports. You're always going to have down cycles. Unfortunately we go through those times. You don't ever want to go through them, trust me, it doesn't feel good, but it's just part of playing sport, and especially in our sport, longevity is just huge here. You've got a career that could literally span -- for me, 30 years on the regular Tour. There's no other profession really like that, that you can play at a high level for that long. No, you're going to have periods like that. You can't win every tournament.

TIGER WOODS, interview, December 9, 2004


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