Sportsmanship Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Sportsmanship quotes and Sportsmanship sayings, and Sportsmanship proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."

Robert Green Ingersoll

"For me, being memorable is more important than winning."

Ricki Lake

"What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what’s thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going."

Patrick Swayze

"Winning is about heart, not just legs. It’s got to be in the right place."

Lance Armstrong

"Sometimes you lose. Nothing you can do but admit it."

Sarah Dessen

"Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose."

George Meredith

"No matter if you win or lose, the most important thing in life is to enjoy what you have."

Dong Dong

"Win or lose, I’ll feel good about myself. That’s what is important."

Mary Docter

"Thats the beauty of sport. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry"

Pep Guardiola

"Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is."

Vince Lombardi

"Don’t praise your own good shots. Leave that function to your partner who, if a good sport, will not be slow in performing it."

Harry Vardon

"It is better to know defeat than to know nothing at all."


"Sportsmanship, next to the Church, is the greatest teacher of morals."

Herbert Hoover

"Sportsmanship is making sure you have respect for the guy you’re playing across from."

Warren Moon

"If you spend a lot of time on sportsmanship, you’re going to spend a lot of time losing."

Glenn Dobbs

"There is value in any experience that exercises those ethical restraints collectively called sportsmanship."

Aldo Leopold

"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player."

John Wooden

"If you win through bad sportsmanship that’s no real victory."

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"There is no such thing as sportsmanship."

Terrell Davis

"Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Sportsmanship is not just about being nice. It is much more important than that. It’s about realizing that you could not compete without an opponent and that she has the same goals as you."

Stephanie Deibler

"A lion never roars after a kill."

Dean Smith

"When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less."

Paul Brown

"Never let a win get to your head, or a loss to your heart."

Chuck D

"For when the One Great Scorer comes To mark against your name, He writes – not that you won or lost – But HOW you played the Game."

Grantland Rice

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

John Wooden

"Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way."

Jim Courier

"It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser."

Harry Sheehy

"I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right."

Muhammad Ali

"Every game, you have so many people watching you. You can show good sportsmanship by helping other players up, and not talking back to coaches and referees."

Kelly Fry

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