The following quotes come from people in many fields but can all be applied to our exploits in athletics, life, and so on. I hope you find them interesting and inspiring.

"If a man does his best, what else is there?"

            - General George S. Patton (1885-1945)


"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. "

- Emile Zola (1840-1902)


"Whether you think you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."

          -Henry Ford (1863-1947)


"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. "
- Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. "
- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'. "
- Yoda ('The Empire Strikes Back')
"The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'."
- unknown
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. "
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him." (one for the coaches out their)

        -W. A. Nance


"Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again."

        -James R. Cook.


"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results."

        -Michael Jordan

"Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose."
        -Nancy Kerrigan

"One loss is good for the soul. Too many losses is not good for the coach."
        -Knute Rockne

"I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot . . . when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result."
        -Michael Jordan

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
        -Hershel Walker

"Permanent success cannot be achieved except by incessant labor, always inspired by the ideal."
        -Sarah Bernhardt

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."
        -Vince Lombardi

"The road to success is always under construction."
        -Arnold Palmer

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."
        -Vidal Sassoon

"There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything."
        -Vince Lombardi

"Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final."
        -Roger Babson

"Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts."
        -George Tilton

"The will to succeed is important, but what's even more important is the will to prepare."
        -Bobby Knight

"80% of Success is showing up."
        -Woody Allen

"The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration."
        -Babe Didrikson

"Easy Street" is a blind alley."

"The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore."
        -Dale Carnegie

"Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses . . . on your powers, instead of your problems."
        -Paul J. Meyers

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dwell in the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."
        -Pamela Vaull Starr

"Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is."
        -Zig Zaglar

"Running is a metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it"
    - Anonymous

"If you cannot win, make the one ahead of you break the record."
    - Anonymous

"I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has to get down to work."
    - Buck, Pearl

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make."
    - Edelman, Marion Wright

"Only those who do nothing make no mistakes."
    - Anonymous

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely."
    - Anonymous

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
    - Churchill, Winston

"To be nobody-but-yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
    - E. E. Cummings

"You will never find time for anything. you must make it."
    - Buxton, Charles

"When one door closes another one opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."
    - Bell, Alexander Graham

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
    - Emerson, Ralph Waldo

"Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress."
    - Montapert, Alfred A.

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
    - Rogers, Will

" Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard thing makes it impossible."
    - Lorimer, George

"Concentration is the secret of strength."
    - Emerson, Ralph Waldo

"Keep spiritually sound and be persistent. Persistence is the key. Just never stop believing in your dream."
    - Aquila, Deborah

"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work."
    - Frost, Robert

"We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough."
    - Keller, Helen

"What doesn't kill me makes me stronger."
    - Camus, Albert

"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey."
    - Miyazawa Kenji

"It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity."
    - Syrus, Publilius

"There is only one thing that makes any one athlete better than another, his heart. We all put our underwear on feet first, so we are all human."
    - James Joyce

"Any fool can run in circles, but it takes a wise man to hurdle."
    - Anonymous

"Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records."
    -William A. Ward

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."
    -Samuel Johnson

"If you are good, be better."

"If you do not consciously form good habits, you will unconsciously form bad ones."

"Faith can move mountains, doubt can create them."

"Everyone's a potential winner. Some people are disguised as losers though--Don't let their appearance fool you."

"He who stops being better stops being good."
    -Oliver Cromwell

"I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it."
    -Gale Sayers

"Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary."
    -Ray Knight

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."
    -Tommy Lasorda

"Winners make goals, losers make excuses."

"A winner solves his problems, but a loser is defeated by his."

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
    -John Wooden

"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
    -Satchel Paige

"If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it."
    -Ronnie Lott

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
    -Herschel Walker

"It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into the practice."
    -Eric Lindros

"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks."
    -Joe Paterno

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan."
    -Tom Landry

"Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time."
    -Lou Brock

"Sweat plus sacrifice equals success."
    -Charlie Finley

"The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion."
    -Jean-Claude Killy

"The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves."

"The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that's the day you start to the top."
    -O.J. Simpson

"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it as long as you really believe 100 percent."
    -Arnold Schwarzenegger

"The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost."
    -George Shultz

"Practice is 90% physical-10% mental. Championship meets are 10% physical-90% mental."

"The more I train, the more I realize I have more speed in me."
    -Leroy Burrell

"The only way to overcome is to hang in. Even I'm starting to believe that."
    -Dan O'Brien

"There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between."
    -Pat Riley

"There's no substitute for guts."
    -Paul "Bear" Bryant

"You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge."
    -Damon Runyon

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
    -Michael Jordan

"Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."

"Only those risking to go far will ever know how far they can go."

"Only a mediocre person is always at his best."