Motivational Statements 
SUCCESS, WINNING & EXCELLENCE

Ahh...the thrill of victory!

These motivational statements about success, winning, and excellence capture the exhilaration you feel knowing that all of your perseverance and hard work has finally paid off!

As you read these quotes from some truly great achievers, you will realize that excellence has no boundaries, and success can be found in all walks of life. They are sure to inspire you to be your best!


"The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else." – Martina Navratilova

"Good is the enemy of great." – Jim Collins

"There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded." – Mark Twain

"We want not only to live but to have something to live for. For some people this means to pursue excellence through sport." – Terry Orlick, Ph.D.

"Victory with honor and integrity is the real goal of sport. Sometimes it happens that others are better than you. I could never beat Carl Lewis in a hundred-yard dash, but my victory might be in running faster today than I did yesterday." – Don Sparks

"Excellence is not an act...but a habit." – Aristotle

"Victory has a hundred fathers, and defeat is an orphan." – John F. Kennedy

"Victory belongs to the most persevering." – Napoleon

"Success is getting up more than you fall down." – Unknown

"The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success." – Irving Berlin

"Success is not how high and fast you reach the top, but how high and fast you bounce back when you hit the bottom." - Unknown

"Winners are not born, they are self-made." – Pat Summitt

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"Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one." – Bill Bradley

"The willingness to experiment with change may be the most essential ingredient to success at anything." – Pat Summitt

"Success is a project that's always under construction." – Pat Summitt

"Success lulls you. It makes the most ambitious of us complacent and sloppy. In a way, you have to cultivate a kind of amnesia and forget all of your previous prosperity." – Pat Summitt

"Success is all a matter of perspective. It depends on where you start from, and where you want to end up." – Pat Summitt

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." – Thomas Edison

"If a man for whatever reason has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself." – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming." - Unknown

"Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top." – from They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

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"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence." - Unknown

"If better is possible, good is not enough." - Unknown

"The higher you climb, the better the view!" - Unknown

"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go." – William Feather

"Average is your enemy." – Pearce "Rocky" Lane

"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." – Anonymous

"Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get." – Anonymous

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." – Booker T. Washington

"Success is failure with the dirt brushed off." – Mamie McCullough

"Do or do not...there is no try." – Yoda, Star Wars

"I think all of us create our own miracles." – Michael Landon

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." – Walt Disney

"We do not know who we are until we see what we can do." – Martha Grimes

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