Great inspirational quotes about life, achievement, conquest and success have been something that I’ve used to comfort, inspire and motivate me throughout my adult life.

Any time I’d be feeling down, overwhelmed, worried or stressed then reading some inspirational quotes would always lift the gloom and provide a positive boost to get me back on track.

This was particularly the case during my pro rugby playing days.

As you may or may not know, I experienced a lot of down times during my time as a professional rugby player. Injuries and all the other stuff that went with it really did take its toll particularly with my mindset.

At times I was just at my wits end, not knowing what the hell to do, and wondering whether to pack it all in and pursue another dream.

But what always helped me through these times was something as simple as reading a few famous life quotes, or some famous inspirational sports quotes. They instantly lifted my mood, and helped me achieve a more positive frame of mind for me to continue moving forward.

Below are just a few of the great inspirational quotes that I have used and still use to this day. In fact I have all these and more pinned all around my office at home.

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way."

Satchel Paige

"If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price."

Bud Wilkinson

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best."

Tim Duncan

"You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation."

Homer Rice

"Victory belongs to the most persevering."


"I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come."

Michael Jordan

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."

Lance Armstrong

"Men’s best successes come after their disappointments."

Henry Ward Beecher

"You’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to figure out what it is you love–who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dream.”

Oprah Winfrey

"To succeed you must first improve, to improve you must first practice, to practice you must first learn, and to learn you must first fail."

Wesley Woo

"Only if you’ve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."

Richard Nixon

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

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