"I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying, I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win."
Arnold Palmer, golf legend, winner of seven Major tournaments, USA.
"The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before."
Steve Young, American football quarterback, San Francisco 49ers, USA.
"If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it."
Ronnie Lott, American football defensive back, USA.
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."
Tommy Lasorda, Major League Baseball manager, LA Dodgers, USA.
"Ask not what your team mates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your team mates."
Magic Johnson, basketball legend, LA Lakers, USA.
"To succeed... you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you."
Tony Dorsett, American football running back, Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, USA.
"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks."
Joe Paterno, American football college coach, Penn State, USA.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."
Archie Griffin, American football running back, Cincinnati Bengals, USA.
"An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise."
Red Auerbach, basketball coach of the Washington Capitols and Boston Celtics, USA.
"Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team."
Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls basketball player, USA.
"They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds."
Wilt Chamberlain, Harlem Globetrotters and NBA basketball player, USA.