52 Sports Quotes About Patience from Professional Athletes

Patience is of utmost importance when it comes to an athlete’s success in their choice of sports. In this post we are sharing with our readers inspiring and educating quotes about patience from professional athletes and coaches of various sports. After reading these quotes one can especially athletes can surely learn the importance of patience in sports.

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  1. I know what is within me, even if you can’t see it yet. Look me in the eyes. I have something more important than courage. I have patience. I will become what I know I am. Michael Jordan, former basketball player

  2. Summoning the patience needed for any task is where most of our effort should be focused. John Cena, American wrestler

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

  4. Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on. Conor McGregor, mixed martial artist

  5. The only way to success is through hard work and patience. Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA player

  6. For me, patience has always been the greatest virtue. We strive to be patient in all things. Especially when it is tested. Mohamed Salah, Egyptian soccer player

  7. Patience is not one of my best qualities, but I keep working on it. Tennis makes you keep working on it. Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player

  8. You have to be patient: trust the team, that they can deliver a good job. Max Verstappen, professional racing driver

  9. Patience is key, as long as you have a purpose. Rudy Ruettiger, sports motivational speaker

  10. Only those who have patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. James J. Corbett, American boxer

  11. You can’t jump from little things to big things. It just takes time and patience. Nadia Comaneci, Romanian gymnast

  12. I would like to remind you that the great goals in life are not achieved overnight, they are achieved by fighting, fighting, and learning from falls. Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player

  13. Patience is a virtue…When you’re younger you’re very impatient. You want things to happen right away overnight, which is not possible. Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player

  14. Patience, self-belief and regularity are three qualities that would take a young player to great heights. Jwala Gutta, Indian badminton player

  15. The only thing you have to have is patience and an attitude that you aren’t ever going to give up. Shawn Michaels, American wrestler

  16. Nine-tenths of discipline is having the patience to do things right. Pat Summitt, American basketball coach

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

  18. Patience is not getting too ahead of yourself, not looking at your scorecard, just doing what you’re doing, playing your game, not trying to force the issue and eliminating big mistakes. Zach Johnson, American golfer

  19. Patience is not granted, it’s earned. Gary Player, South African golfer

  20. Just because something takes a long time, I mean, you have to have patience, you have to persevere, stay with it. If something is a goal of yours to accomplish, you don’t give up on it. Dawn Staley, American basketball player

  21. There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience. Chuck Tanner, American baseball player

  22. hope, faith, patience and not being afraid of change can lead to great things — sometimes better than you could have imagined. Danica Patrick, race car driver

  23. Be kind to yourself, to your mind. Have patience with your soul, your body. And know that you don’t have to do it alone. Colin Wilson, Ice hockey player

  24. I know the road ahead will be full of patience and hard work, and I’m ready for that challenge. Brady Aiken, Baseball player

  25. Take it day-by-day, be patient and be persistent. You’re going to get through it. Joe Smith, Retired NBA player

  26. Just being athletic isn’t going to be enough for the things you’ll want to accomplish. You’ll also need to be kind, and patient, but more than anything else, you’ll need a work ethic. Johnny Damon, American baseball athlete

  27. Just hold on and be patient. It won’t be until another few days, but you will finally get a call. ‘It’s today,’ the team will tell you. Marta, Brazilian soccer player

  28. Be patient, wait for your chance. And the real big one … work like a madman. Greig Laidlaw, Rugby union player

  29. When I wouldn’t see my name on the teamsheet, my belief in myself started to dip. It did. But all my experiences in life, and the tough times I went through at Celtic and Queens Park, it taught me to be patient. Andrew Robertson, Scottish soccer player

  30. Fishing is not something that you go out there and catch it on your first cast. It’s patience. You got to understand that fish have a mind of their own. Sometimes it takes a little longer than usual to catch one. Paul George, NBA player

  31. Be patient. When you rush in, you’re not going to make a good decision. Ed Dodds, NFL executive

  32. Champions keep playing until they get it right. Billie Jean King, American tennis player

  33. In game play it was always my philosophy that patience would win out. By that, I meant patience to follow our game plan. If we believed in it, we would wear the opposition down and would eventually get to them.  John Wooden, basketball coach

  34. One aspect of team-building that often gets overlooked is the need for old-timers to have the necessary patience with newcomers. Alex Ferguson, former soccer manager

  35. It’s testing your patience and how you can continue to keep the focus out on the floor, figure out ways how you can be better for your teammates and not fall into the notion of a losing mentality.  LeBron James, NBA player

  36. just to kind of see your work and your patience finally come to fruition, it’s a blessing. Rayjon Tucker, American basketball player

  37. You got to find this balance between urgency and patience. You got to work urgently, but you got to remain patient. Steve Kerr, American basketball coach

  38. Be patient and put your head down and get to work. Chris Bosh, former NBA player

  39. The key to a comeback is to have patience and persevere, play with an intensity that is beyond our limits. Juan Antonio Pizzi, Soccer player

  40. During my journey as a professional athlete thus far, I have come face to face with obstacles and been under pressure. I have had to be patient all while still having to perform at a high level. Jamia Fields, American soccer player

  41. Patience is a virtue that is learned from hard work and adversity. Unknown

  42. Patience is the name of the game–it’s a part of life. Kirk Cousins, Football quarterback

  43. You’ve got to wait until your body allows for you to get back out there and do what you’re supposed to do – do what you can do. So, patience is the game. Marcus Peters, Football cornerback

  44. Patience is a virtue and patience pays off. Kenjon Barner, Football running back

  45. Patience is an important characteristic that enables you to negotiate a shot properly and also perform your best over an entire round. The loss of patience can be the difference between scoring well and not scoring well. David Breslow, performance coach

  46. Patience is always a good thing. Especially in a career like this, you need to ride the ups and downs; take the rough with the smooth. Scottie Scheffler, American golfer

  47. Be patient, have fun, trust your gut every day of the week. Ashleigh Barty, Australian tennis player

  48. There isn’t an athlete on this planet that enjoys wasting time and that feeling that they are falling behind. When the athlete does start back, the key is to gradually take things day by day, session by session. Rob Steckley, Canadian tennis player

  49. Nobody said life had to be fair; we are going in the right direction, but we need to have patience on a grander scale. Mik Aoki, American baseball coach

  50. The biggest attribute to a leader is patience. Billy Butler, Baseball player

  51. Patience is a virtue. Keep doing what you want to do and eventually things will happen. Arian Foster, Football running back

  52. Patience is one of the greatest lessons running has taught me. To be great at anything & accomplish it with integrity takes a long time. Allyson Felix, track and field athlete



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.

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Also See:

Motivational Sports Quotes About Persistence

Inspiring Sports Quotes About Integrity

Insightful Sports Quotes About Visualization


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