93 Motivational Sports Quotes About Never Giving Up from Professional Athletes

When we decide not to give up on our path to achievement, we can reap rewards. You should never quit. There’s always a reason to push a little bit harder toward your objective. Do not turn down your dreams. You can receive the benefit of accomplishing anything if you start following and never give up in your current circumstances.

Sportsmen and women have always been a source of inspiration for all of us. Many of us appreciate them because they never give up. Sports teach us not to give up even when we lose since the next victory is always just around the corner.

In this post, we’ve gathered some very motivating quotes from world-famous athletes about not giving up on your dreams and the route you’ve traveled to get there. These are the ultimate “never give up” quotes that will inspire and uplift you.

Also See: Motivational Sports Quotes About Overcoming Obstacles

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  1. No matter the circumstances, you always try your best and you never give up, because that’s what you do when you’re chasing your dream. – Tom Brady, American football player.

  2. I think my secret is that there’s no shortcuts for hard work, determination, and having that don’t give up attitude. – Jerry Rice, former American football player.

  3. Persistent in life? I think yes. I am. I’m going to do something until I get it right. I never give up. – Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball player.

  4. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan, former American basketball player.

  5. Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. – Larry Bird, former American basketball player.

  6. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth, former baseball player.

  7. I’m not going to give up my title without a big fight tomorrow. I look forward to every minute tomorrow.”– Russell Knox, professional golfer.

  8. I’m never gonna give up. Obviously, it’s a little disappointing [loss], but you forget about it and you think about what’s ahead of you. – Mark Philippoussis, tennis player.

  9. I’m not someone that going to give up. I am sure I’m going to be in the final again. I will try my best to win it. I’m not sure, but I know I will do my best. Ons Jabeur, Tunisian tennis player.

  10. Keep working, keep trying, get involved in the convention, meet as many people as you can, and don’t ever give up.Sebastian Korda, tennis player.

  11. Never give up, always stay focused on the next step, All together. – Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer player.

  12. Never stop dreaming. Never give up when you fail. Work hard to achieve your goal. – Robert Lewandowski, Polish soccer player.

  13. As a boy, I was small, short & very skinny. Everyone said you are too small, you won’t make it but I wasn’t going to give up. For years, I spent six hours in a training session, Every single day. – Robert Lewandowski, Polish soccer player.

  14. When I was 17 years old, I was severely injured. The club gave up on me and I was left alone without a contract. But I always remembered my father’s advice to never give up. I knew I would make it possible. – Robert Lewandowski, Polish soccer player.

  15. I am very grateful for everything. Remember to never stop dreaming, work hard and don’t give up. Dreams do come true. – Robert Lewandowski, Polish soccer player.

  16. Sometimes it pays to never give up – even when you think all is lost. Pelé, Brazilian former soccer player.

  17. My challenges are big, but my shoulders are broad enough to carry the load and I have the psychological capacity to handle it. I never give up.Karim Benzema, French soccer  player.

  18. Impossible is Nothing. Never give up. Keep your hopes up because hard work pays. Karim Benzema, French soccer player.

  19. It [award] makes me really proud. I think back to when I was little. All the work I did, I never gave up. It was a childhood dream like all kids [have]. Karim Benzema, French soccer  player.

  20. There was a time when I wasn’t playing for the national team, but I didn’t give up. It’s been difficult for me and that just makes me stronger mentally. Karim Benzema, French soccer  player.

  21. One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. Karim Benzema, French soccer  player.

  22. If you have someone with a dream, if you have a motivated person with a goal and a vision, if you have someone that never gives up, who has great hope, anything can happen. – Jim Valvano, former basketball player.

  23. Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding. – Jim Valvano, former basketball player.

  24. Do not give up. The beginning is always the hardest. – David Beckham, English soccer player.

  25. My parents weren’t rich enough to help me or buy soccer boots, or bring me somewhere where I could practice football. But, I would never give up. I always follow my dreams until I find success. Sadio Mané, professional soccer player.

  26. Advice I can give to the younger person is to never give up on their dreams, to follow their intuition and when you are young some decisions can change the course of your life. Novak Djokovic, Tennis player.

  27. Giving up is never a question. You always try to give your best, your maximum out there, particularly when you’re playing in one of the biggest tennis tournaments.Novak Djokovic, Tennis player.

  28. When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up, and for me it’s tennis. Roger Federer, Tennis player.

  29. My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. – Björn Borg, tennis player.

  30. The time your game is most vulnerable is when you’re ahead, never let up. Rod Laver, tennis player.

  31. My parents taught me to never give up. My drive, my work ethic, will always equate to success. It’s this resilience, which makes me the player I am today. – Alexander Zverev, tennis player.

  32. As a type 1 diabetic myself, I want to encourage children with diabetes to never give up on their dreams no matter what others might say to you. – Alexander Zverev, tennis player.

  33. Never give up. Always chase after your dreams. Each and every day presents its own different challenges for all of us. Wake up and start the fight all over again. Tiger Woods, professional golfer.

  34. You never lose until you actually give up. Mike Tyson, former professional boxer.

  35. Giving up is the easiest thing in the world. That’s why so many people do it. Mike Tyson, former professional boxer.

  36. If you give up now, you’ll never know what was on the other side, the breakthrough that was about to happen. Keep pushing through the resistance.” – Tim Tebow, American football player.

  37. Never give up on anything you dream. If you truly want it, you can make it a reality. Michael Phelps, American swimmer.

  38. It was not easy, it was not fun. Never miss training, and never give up. I had no opportunity to give up on training. Listen to your coaches.  Michael Phelps, American swimmer.

  39. Never give up on something you truly wanted. If your dream is true, you can do everything to make it a reality. – Michael Phelps, American swimmer.

  40. I think that part [to become a champion] is pretty easy – it’s hard work, dedication, not giving up. – Michael Phelps, American swimmer.

  41. I want to continue the sport of swimming. I’m not going to give up until I think it’s reached where I want it to go. Michael Phelps, American swimmer.

  42. Don’t give up! Be friends with people who help you work hard. – Magic Johnson, basketball player.

  43. The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win. Kobe Bryant, basketball player.

  44. At the end of the day, anything is possible. You never give up; you always keep believing even when it looks almost impossible. Max Verstappen, racing driver.

  45. We have to make the most of it, cherish every moment, be kind to yourself and others. Don’t give up hope, don’t give up on yourself, push through it. Lewis Hamilton,  racing driver.

  46. Never give up on your dreams. Keep believing. Keep fighting. Lewis Hamilton,  racing driver.

  47. I’m not a quitter, it’s not in my genes. I don’t quit regardless of what the hell is going on. I’m gonna fight to the end and then if it doesn’t work that’s cool too. I can live with the results but I’m never going to give up or give in because of a little struggle that’s happening. Russell Westbrook, basketball player.

  48. Never give up or give in…We’re not in the position that we need to be in right now, and that’s okay. Russell Westbrook, basketball player.

  49. There will be tough times in life but you should never give up. In tough times tough people last.”– Sachin Tendulkar, cricket player.

  50. Sometimes I feel that I have really tried hard, and it just not happened and take a step back. Actually, take one more step further and success would be yours. When you think that it is time to give up. Don’t give up. – Sachin Tendulkar, cricket player.

  51. Never give up on something you meant to do.” – Sergio Ramos, soccer player.

  52. I think of myself as someone who gives everything, and I wake up every day wanting to keep growing. – Sergio Ramo, soccer player.

  53. Warriors never give up. – Marcelo Vieira, soccer player.

  54. Never Give Up. Don’t Back Down. Keep Hustling!” – Virat Kohli, cricket player.

  55. Easy is not an option. No days off. Never quit, be fearless. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work. – Usain Bolt,  Jamaican sprinter.

  56. Hard work is everything. Never give up on your dream. To be one of the best you have to keep pushing yourself. – Usain Bolt,  Jamaican sprinter.

  57. Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation. Jack Nicklaus, professional golfer.

  58. We were taught to give it everything we had until it was over. Never give less than one hundred percent. – Walter Payton, American football player.

  59. No matter what you are, what position you have in life – very high level to lowest social level, always have a goal, much strength, determination and always do everything with love and faith in god. One day you get there, somehow you get there – Ayrton Senna, motorsports racing driver.

  60. Never give up; just absolutely never give up.”– Shane Warne, cricket player.

  61. I’ve always believed that you should never, ever give up and you should always keep fighting even when there’s only a slightest chance. – Michael Schumacher, former racing driver.

  62. You can just never give up in this sport. That’s one thing that this team has always prided themselves on and I’m very thankful for that. – Jimmie Johnson, professional racing driver.

  63. I never give up, so if I’d finished second I would have gone for another year, for sure. Definitely. – Nico Rosberg,  former racing driver.

  64. Yesterday was tough; I didn’t give up, I knew there would be positives and there would be opportunities. Things came to me today. I hope it can encourage people not to give up. – Valtteri Bottas, Finnish racing driver.

  65. Let me tell you something, never, ever give up your dream. – Valtteri Bottas, Finnish racing driver.

  66. Never be afraid of failure. Stay at it. You will succeed, eventually. Never give up.”– Kurt Angle, professional wrestler.

  67. Blood, sweat, and respect. First two you give, last one you earn. – Dwayne Johnson, professional wrestler.

  68. By 23 years old, I failed at achieving the biggest dream of my life. I was down, but not out. I refused to give up, got back up and pushed on.Dwayne Johnson, professional wrestler.

  69. Adapt. Overcome. Never give up.” – John Cena, professional wrestler.


Never Give Up Quotes From Women Athletes

  1. You just have faith. If you believe in yourself, you just continue to fight and never give up. – Serena Williams, tennis player.

  2. I just never give up. I fight to the end. You can’t go out and say, ‘I want a bag of never-say-die spirit.’ It’s not for sale. It has to be innate.”– Serena Williams, tennis player.

  3. Just never give up. Honestly you have to be in the fight to have a chance. It’s about trying to just chip away over and over. – Ashleigh Barty, tennis player.

  4. We never give up. No matter what the result, no matter what we’re feeling, no matter the conditions, we just never give up. – Ashleigh Barty, tennis player.

  5. I know what I’m capable of, and this doesn’t surprise me because I know that I’m a really good fighter. I never give up, even through adversity.Bianca Andreescu, tennis player.

  6. Don’t give up on your bad days. – Simone Biles, artistic gymnast.

  7. Life is full of setbacks, both on and off the court, and tennis taught me the importance of never giving up. – Maria Sharapova, tennis player.

  8. I never give up. Doesn’t matter what the score is. – Caroline Wozniacki, tennis player.

  9. Lots of ups and downs. But one thing that remained consistent was my fighting spirit and never giving up. – Caroline Wozniacki, tennis player.

  10. 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.” – Mary Kom, amateur boxer.

  11. Don’t give up as there is always a next time. – Mary Kom, amateur boxer.

  12. If I, being a mother of two, can win a medal, so can you all. Take me as an example and don’t give up. – Mary Kom, amateur boxer.

  13. She’s [an opponent] a very tough opponent. I’m trying to fight, to keep fighting until the end and never give up, – Simona Halep, tennis player.

  14. Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Victoria Azarenka,  tennis player.

  15. Never giving up makes a person unbeatable! Jwala Gutta,  badminton player.

  16. There are games I’m going to dominate and there are going to be games when I struggle. But it doesn’t mean I give up. – Mia Hamm, soccer player.

  17. Once you start caring about people’s opinions of you, you give up control. – Ronda Rousey, professional wrestler.

  18. I will never give up. On anything. – Paige VanZant, MMA.

  19. Perseverance is critical. I achieved whatever success I achieved because I was unwilling to stop.  – Nadia Comăneci, Olympic gold medalist gymnast.

  20. I think the biggest challenge for me now is just to be as open as possible, because I hope that maybe one day a little girl can hear my story and be inspired to keep going, to never give up. – Chloe Kim, American snowboarder.

  21. Never give up, you don’t know who you can inspire.” – Serena Williams, tennis player.

  22. Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you’ll never know. – Danica Patrick, race car driver.

  23. This is my motivation. Never give up and keep fighting for your dreams! Nothing is impossible. – Lindsey Vonn, alpine ski racer.

  24. Always work hard, never give up, and fight until the end because it’s never really over until the whistle blows. – Alex Morgan, soccer player.


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Also See: Uplifting Sports Quotes On Overcoming Adversity


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