Sport as a Metaphor for Life Captured in These Beautiful Quotes


Sports have often been referred to as a metaphor for life. It does not matter what game you watch or play. Chances are if you are paying attention, you will find a lot of life lessons that will serve you not just in sport but also in life. This is probably one of the reasons why many successful people share a passion for sport – maybe a fan, a former athlete, or even someone who plays on his or her free time. Hearing what the best players, coaches, and other sports figures have to say can be inspiring and uplifting. So if you are in need of inspiration or just want something to motivate yourself with, here are some of the best sports quotes to live by:

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? – Joe Namath

In baseball and in business, there are three types of people. Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened. – Tommy Lasorda

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. – Michael Phelps

Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss. – Doug Williams

Champions keep playing until they get it right. – Billie Jean King

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning. – Pele

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy. – Arthur Ashe

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you. – Arnold Palmer

Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. – Mike Singletary

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it. – Ted Williams

Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. – Larry Bird

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali