51 Sports Quotes About Strength From Athletes and Coaches

Strength is a crucial factor in sports and athletic ability. However, our internal strength or willpower ultimately determines the outcome. Sport is a physically demanding activity, and there are some sports that test an athlete’s mental fortitude.
In this post, we’ve gathered some of the most uplifting quotes about strength in sports from professional athletes and coaches. These are not only motivating, but they also fill us with energy.

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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. If you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength. Michael Jordan, basketball player.

  2. Worry less about showing strength. Commit more to being strength. John Cena, professional wrestler.

  3. If you feel like you don’t fit in, that’s not a weakness. That’s a strength. Lewis Hamilton, racing driver.

  4. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson, basketball coach.

  5. There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength. Pat Riley, basketball coach.

  6. We can beat anybody. It doesn’t matter who gets what. It’s just a matter of doing what it takes to win. Pau Gasol, basketball player.

  7. You can overcome anything, if and only if you love something enough. Lionel Messi, soccer player.

  8. If you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way. Roger Federer, tennis player.

  9. Pretension is a poor joke that you play on yourself. Snap out of it. Recognise your strengths, work on your weaknesses. Virat Kohli, cricket player.

  10. I stopped thinking too much about what could happen and relied on my physical and mental strength to play the right shots at the right time. Novak Djokovic, tennis player.

  11. You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter. Conor McGregor, MMA.

  12. The truth is, you don’t learn much from winning, but losing can make you a lot stronger. Drew Brees, football quarterback.

  13. I had big ambitions and it really gave me strength. Paul Pogba, soccer player.

  14. You can knock me down, but I get up twice as strong. Lewis Hamilton, racing driver.

  15. Give everything you do your all and never back down. You have to be willing to put forth the effort and never back down in order to achieve greatness. Simone Biles, artistic gymnast.

  16. I like criticism. It makes you strong. LeBron James, Basketball Player.

  17. Sometimes your disappointments make you a stronger person for the future. Blanka Vlasic, track and field athlete.

  18. 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, Football coach.

  19. The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit. Ken Doherty, snooker player.

  20. You’re always going to be talented in some areas, maybe endurance or explosiveness or strength. So it’s important to work on that, but then also on your weaknesses. Roger Federer, tennis player.

  21. The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders. Vince Lombardi, Football coach.

  22. Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger,  former bodybuilder.

  23. It’s great to be strong but strength is nothing without having compassion. Terry Crews, former football player.

  24. At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. Its about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. Denzel Washington,  former football player.

  25. Strength when it’s available. Tolerance when strength is exhausted. John Cena, professional wrestler.

  26. It’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together. Bill Belichick, American football coach.

  27. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. Tom Coughlin, American football coach.

  28. Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character. Arnold Palmer, professional golfer.

  29. I was ironing my own clothes when I was 11 years old. My mental strength goes back to those days. Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer player.

  30. Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. Phil Jackson, basketball player.

  31. Losing strengthens you. It reveals your weaknesses so you can fix them. Pat Summitt, basketball coach.

  32. Sometimes your greatest strength can emerge as a weakness if the context changes. Harsha Bhogle, sports journalist.

  33. I never won anything by myself. I was always strong because of help that gave me extra strength to win. Dan Gable, professional wrestler.

  34. It all depends on how much each and every one of us believes in our dreams, in our strength, and in our determination. Roberto Baggio, soccer player.

  35. Willpower, strength and determination, it will take you places. Julianna Peña, MMA.

  36. The true measure of strength is through a squat and deadlift. Mark Henry, former powerlifter.

  37. Believing in yourself and having confidence gives you outer strength. Nikki Bella, professional wrestler.

  38. Strength can only succeed when mixed with agility, balance, speed and intelligence about what’s going on around you. Mike Webster, football player.

  39. 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, former bodybuilder.

  40. Racing is a matter of spirit not strength. Janet Guthrie, race car driver.

  41. At the end of the day, all you need is hope, persistence and strength. Your future needs you. Your past doesn’t. Stefanos Tsitsipas, tennis player.

  42. There are many ways of getting strong, sometimes talking is the best way. Andre Agassi, tennis player.

  43. You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. Aly Raisman, artistic gymnast.

  44. I want you to be forever strong on the field, so that you will be forever strong off the field. Larry Gelwix, rugby coach.

  45. Our strength is that we don’t have any weaknesses. Our weakness is that we don’t have any real strengths. Frank Broyles, American football player.

  46. The heavier I lift, the happier I am.   Stefanos Tsitsipas, tennis player.

  47. There’s no substitute for hard work and effort beyond the call of duty. That is what strengthens the soul and ennobles one’s character. Walter Camp, American football coach.

  48. I still have a video of my father, which I watch before every game I play for Brazil. It gives me strength, makes me determined. Ronaldinho, soccer player.

  49. The greatest strength any human being can have is to recognize his or her own weaknesses. Pat Summitt, basketball coach.

  50. When you surround yourself with like-minded athletes who are all going through the same thing as you, it gives you more drive and strength to get through those moments when you don’t want to do it any more, when you think it’s hard. Jessica Fox, Olympic athlete.

  51. I think our strength is this strong relationship we have all together. Guy Forget, tennis 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:

Sports Quotes About Positive Attitude and Thinking

Inspiring Sports Quotes About Hard Work

Motivational Sports Quotes About Big Games


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