„Play with passion and heart. If you don't carry passion into sport -- or in any job for that matter -- you won't succeed.“
— Phil Esposito Canadian ice hockey player 1942
Quoted in Andrew Podnieks, "One on One with Phil Esposito," http://www.legendsofhockey.net/html/spot_oneononep198401.htm Legends of Hockey.net (2002-02-18).
„Sangakkara: It's a great sport to play. It's a very special sport because it's one that's got a certain character to it that is not present in other sports. But there's also an expectation of a cricketer that is to be much more than in any other sport. So it's a great test of character for a young kid, but at the same time, it's a great skilful athletic sport that's a viable profession that gives great opportunities as long as you understand that playing this game to the best of your abilities in the most honest manner possible is what will open those doors for you.“
— Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lankan cricketer 1977
So if you're taking up the sport, take it up seriously. Have fun, enjoy it, otherwise you won't do well, but when you do get those opportunities, ensure that you leave a mark.
"Leadership, at times, is a lonely place: Kumar Sangakkara" http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/78506/leadership-at-times-is-a-lonely-place-kumar-sangakkara-former-sri-lanka-cricket-team-captain (Interview; March 9, 2016)
„With tennis, they say it's a social sport you can play from six to 60 - they should say 90, your friendships go on forever.“
— Don Tregonning Australian professional tennis player and coach 1928
„"This is what's great about sports. This is what the greatest thing about sports is: you play to win the game. Hello? You play to win the game. You don't play it to just play it. That's the great thing about sports: you play to win, and I don't care if you don't have any wins. You go play to win. When you start tellin' me it doesn't matter, then retire. Get out! 'Cause it matters." - Following a question from New York Times sports reporter Judy Battista on the team's ability to win, on October 30, 2002 after a Week 8 loss to the Cleveland Browns left them at 2–5. After this speech, the Jets, sparked by the debut of quarterback Chad Pennington, would go 7–2 and win the AFC Eastern Division Championship.
:This monologue was later incorporated into a TV commercial for Coors Light beer.“
— Herm Edwards American football player, coach and analyst 1954
With New York
„Any guy who’s played team sports has practiced a skill I call “team sport empathy”: he’s practiced focusing on anticipating the other team’s moves. That means figuring out their way of looking at the situation.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Fonte: Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say (2000), p. 32.
„You nobles, you sons of my leading men, soft and dandified, trusting in your birth and your wealth, paying no attention to my command and your advancement, you neglected the pursuit of learning and indulged yourselves in the sport of pleasure and idleness and foolish pastimes. By the King of the heavens I think nothing of your nobility and your beauty. Others can admire you. Know this without any doubt; unless you rapidly make up for your idleness by eager effort, you will never receive any benefit from Charlemagne.“
— Charlemagne King of the Franks, King of Italy, and Holy Roman Emperor 748 - 814
Quoted in Notker's The Deeds of Charlemagne (translated 2008 by David Ganz)
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
"The Sporting Spirit" http://orwell.ru/library/articles/spirit/english/e_spirit, Tribune (14 December 1945)
Contexto: Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.
„He has never broken a racket in anger. It would be showing a lack of respect to people who actually have to buy the equipment to play the sport.“
— Rafael Nadal Spanish tennis player 1986
Uncle Toni Nadal on nephew Rafael. http://nadal-rafael.tripod.com/id9.html
„Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook, your money took and your name in the undertaker book.“
— Joe Frazier American boxer 1944 - 2011
Joe speaking on the great sport. http://www.gmanews.tv/pbr/article/212702/underdog-boxing-pumped-up-for-the-pacquiao-mosley-undercard-fights
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, livro The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
Fonte: The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (2010), p. 40
— William Shakespeare English playwright and poet 1564 - 1616
Fonte: King Henry IV, Part 1
„Whether it is tennis or any other sport, the situation for women now is far better than it was 10 years ago when I had started playing. Now, people support and promote their daughters to play and take up sports as their career. It wasn't the case during my time. I am glad that things are looking better for girls. Taking a step in this direction, I too have opened my training academy in Hyderabad. Sport for girls in India is in great shape now.“
— Sania Mirza Indian tennis player 1986
Fonte: Ekta Yadav "Bhopal's adulation has energised me: Sania Mirza"
— Nancy Greene Canadian alpine skier and politician 1943
1001 quotations to inspire you before you die, Quintessence Editions Ltd., 2016, ISBN 978-1-84403-895-4
„My fortune in cricket was to play when the first-class game was free and fast-flowing and with a county as concerned to play attractive and sporting cricket as to win.“
Runs and Catches: an autobiography (1980), ISBN: 9780571115655.
„Our arts, particularly music, are more livelier than any sport. I play with my `raagas.' And there is no defeat here. Only victory for everyone - singers, listeners and the music itself.“
— M. Balamuralikrishna Carnatic vocalist, instrumentalist and playback singer 1930 - 2016
Fonte: Staff Reporter, "Mangalampalli can't wait to come home"
On his singing on the occasion of an India-Pakistan cricket match.
„I am embarrassingly incompetent at football or any kind of team sport. I’m so bad it would anger you.“
— Derren Brown British illusionist 1971
TV Series and Specials (Includes DVDs), Trick of the Mind (2004–2006)
„The individual, by means of the discipline imposed on him by sport, not only plays and finds relaxation from the various compulsions to which he is subjected, but without knowing it trains himself for new compulsions. … Training in sports makes of the individual an efficient piece of apparatus which is henceforth unacquainted with anything but the harsh joys of exploiting his body and winning.“
— Jacques Ellul, livro The Technological Society
Fonte: The Technological Society (1954), p. 383