41 Motivational Sports Quotes About Persistence

We’re pleased to share some inspiring quotes about persistence from the world of sports in this post. These quotes serve as motivation as well as lessons on the value of persistence in an athlete’s life. Because wins and defeats are an integral part of every sport, it is crucial for athletes to remain persistent. An athlete may experience wins one day while suffering losses the next. Keeping up your practice and process at these times becomes crucial.
The following quotes underline the same idea. The mentality required for an athlete to flourish in their sport can be completely understood.

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Let’s take a quick quiz now before reading these inspiring sports quotes. Your task in this quiz is to identify the authors of the quotes we’ve provided from this post. You’ll have three choices to choose from, so think carefully! Match the words to the person who said them!


  1. Patience and persistence are two characteristics that differentiate the professional from the amateur. Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer player

  2. Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. Bill Bradley, former basketball player

  3. when things don’t go your way—or, rather, what you don’t think of as your way—there can be a variety of opportunities that may not be obvious in the moment but that through hard work, preparation, and persistence can present themselves over time and make you better. Tom Brady, NFL player

  4. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan, former basketball player

  5. Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard. Serena Williams, tennis player

  6. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses. Kobe Bryant, basketball player

  7. Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them. Conor McGregor, mixed martial artist

  8. It’s not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it’s refusing to fail. Peyton Manning, former NFL player

  9. I dreamt it, I visualized it and I practiced relentlessly to get there. Aaron Rodgers, NFL player

  10. Persistence is a talent. Billie Jean King, American tennis player

  11. With persistence and trying to get in the zone with your mind, these are some of the things that help you get to a really high level of intensity and play. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek tennis player

  12. The only way to sustain success is to always keep pushing yourself to be better. Derek Jeter, former baseball player

  13. I’ve trained my whole life to be a winner and if I know two things it’s that to be the best takes passion and persistence. Jay-Jay Okocha, Nigerian soccer player

  14. You’re never going to have ups all the time. So I think in those moments, you just have to deal with it the best that you can, which is to just keep fighting for your dreams and just stay as persistent and persevere as much as you can. Bianca Andreescu, tennis player

  15. Persistence pays off. I just know that I don’t give in. I work hard. Sometimes things don’t happen for a reason. David Beckham, former soccer player

  16. As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want. Mike Tyson, professional boxer

  17. you’re going to take on each of these challenges with persistence and discipline. You’ll find purpose in the pain and fulfillment in the struggle. Swin Cash, former basketball player

  18. you don’t break barriers without being incredibly, insanely persistent. You put in the work, make yourself qualified and then just keep banging on the door. Justine Siegal, American baseball coach

  19. There’s a lot I can’t control. I guess that’s why I’m so meticulous about the things I can — my work ethic, my persistence, my energy. Milos Raonic, Canadian tennis player

  20. Disability or not, we are all capable of being persistent in the pursuit of our goals and dreams. Vanessa Calafiore, female bodybuilder

  21. You’re not always going to be successful. There might be a couple plays that don’t work out. You keep grinding and keep working at it. Rick Dennison, American football coach

  22. How did I survive? Persistence. Persistence is the key to success. Jack McKeon, American baseball manager

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

  24. It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up. Vince Lombardi, American football coach

  25. Each time you go beyond your perceived limit, you become mentally stronger. Pat Summitt, basketball coach

  26. You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again. Pat Riley, former basketball coach

  27. Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. Matt Biondi, American swimmer

  28. Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. Marv Levy, former football coach

  29. persistence can outlast heartbreak if you simply refuse to give up. Marty Smith, sports journalist

  30. Persistence rests on confidence in your skills. Tom Tepper, volleyball coach

  31. No matter how much your up by or how much your down by, you should always keep playing. Ellen Yaffe, volleyball player

  32. My legs are just tired. And my feet are incredibly blistered. But persistence is key. You have to have that goal, then it becomes mind over matter, and you just accept the fact that you’re in pain. Beth Brewster, race runner

  33. Persistence is our game. Rick Carlisle, American basketball coach

  34. Persistence is one of the things that I call on. I also call on having a short memory. Shawn Crable, former football player

  35. no matter how bad it feels out there, how great your opponent is playing, if you can just keep believing and keep fighting, sometimes persistence gets rewarded. Robert Davis, tennis coach

  36. Persistence, That’s what it’s all about for me. If you’re relentless throughout a game, you’ll get your looks. Duncan Robinson, American basketball player

  37. We’re going to just keep persisting. We’re going to keep thinking. We’re going to keep grinding. Sam Presti, American basketball executive

  38. There is a power to both patience and persistence. Joe Torre, American baseball executive

  39. I’m still waiting for perfection. In the meantime, I’ll settle for persistence. Bo Ryan, American basketball coach

  40. I’ve got belief, and persistence is what every striker’s got to have. If you keep missing you can go hide but it’s always been part of my game to keep going. I’ve got a taste for it now. Neil Mellor, English soccer player

  41. Character never quits; and with patience and persistence; Dreams do come true. Pete Maravich, basketball player


A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

How to play?

In this quiz, you must complete the quote you’ve just read from various athletes and coaches by selecting the correct option from the options provided. The aim of this quiz is to help you recall key takeaways from the quotes. You will receive one point for selecting the correct option. Are you ready? Let’s get started.


Also See:

Uplifting Sports Quotes About Patience

Inspiring Sports Quotes About Resilience

Inspiring Sports Quotes About Integrity


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