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The Quotable Books Series ...

The Sport of Life

How to Win
in Life and Sports

Click on either of the book covers on this page to order and download the book as a Word document for only $7.00.

(sample quotations from the book)

It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. — Hank Aaron, baseball player

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. — Muhammad Ali, boxer

If me and King Kong went into an alley, only one of us would come out, and it wouldn't be the monkey. — Lyle Alzado, football player

Opportunities don’t come often. So you better be ready when they come. — Tiki Barber, football player

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. — Dave Barry, humorist

When you're in touch with mother nature, she takes care of you, and when you disconnect from her, she kicks your arse. — Layne Beachley, surfer

I don't think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. — Mike Ditka, football coach

I don’t even think about a retirement program because I’m working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even though the Lord’s pay isn’t very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world. — George Foreman, boxer

Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. — Dan Gable, wrestling coach

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. — Wayne Gretzky, hockey player

Don't doubt me because that's when I get stronger. I like to see the smiles on people's faces when I show them I can do the impossible. — Marvin Hagler, boxer

If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf. — Bob Hope, comedian and actor

The longer you wait to decide what you want to do, the more time you're wasting. It's up to you to want something so badly that your passion shows through in your actions. Your actions, not your words, will do the shouting for you. — Derek Jeter, baseball player

Obstacles don't have to stop you. 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, basketball player

We all have a lot more energy than we realize. — Dean Karnazes, ultramarathon runner

Doctors say take an aspirin every day. Don’t. Cayenne powder is better. — Killer Kowalski, professional wrestler

Never take your eyes off your opponent... even when you bow. — Bruce Lee, actor and martial arts expert

You must give respect to receive respect. — father of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard

What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well. — John McEnroe, tennis player

There is nothing greater than touching the shore after crossing some great body of water knowing that I've done it with my own two arms and legs. — Diana Nyad, swimmer

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. — Satchel Paige, baseball pitcher

I always enjoy what I do. Win or lose, I enjoy everything. — Johan Santana, baseball pitcher

You can't give up. You can't quit, because you're not quitting on yourself, you're quitting on everybody. — Michael Strahan, football player

It’s okay to fail. Failure does not shape your personality. It’s how you react to failure. Do you dust yourself off and mope? Or do you dust yourself off and become stronger the next time? And eventually you will win. It may not happen the next time. It may take a little while, but you will win in the end. — Tiger Woods, golfer

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