For most of us who love sports and want to see our favorites win, the game of sport is the epitome of hard work and dedication.

For most athletes to get to the pinnacle of their sport, even the most naturally gifted athletes have to give it their all.

So if you’re a young athlete who wants to get to the top or you’re just anyone at all in any industry, these motivational quotes from these top athletes in the world should inspire you and get you going.

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1. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi

2. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele

3. “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

4. “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

5. “If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis Quote6. “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

7. “You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

8. “Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. ” – Venus Williams

9. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

10. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quote11. “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting once it starts hurting. ” – Muhammad Ali

12. “Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

13. “Sometimes you have to accept that a guy played better on the day than you.” – Roger Federer

14. “You have to put in the hours because there’s always something which you can improve.” – Roger Federer

15. “You have to believe in the long-term plan you have but you need the short-term goals to motivate and inspire you.” – Roger Federer

Roger Federer Quote16. “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins, but by how they can recover when they fall.” – Serena Williams

17. “The Road To Success and Greatness Is Always Paved With Consistent Hard Work. Outwork Your Competitors, Be Authentic And Above All Else, Chase Your Greatness” – Dwayne Johnson, The Rock

18. “I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position.” – Serena Williams

19. “I think it’s a good example for a lot of other people who are playing tennis or going to school who want to do something. You have to work hard at it. Nothing comes for free.” – Serena Williams

20. “Talent without working hard is nothing.” – Ronaldo

Ronaldo Quote21. “Don’t be like most people. Most people give up on their dreams.”- David Beckham

22. “Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson, The Rock

23. “There is no harm in dreaming of becoming the world’s best player. It is all about trying to be the best. I will keep working hard to achieve it but it is within my capabilities.” – Ronaldo

24. “I have always believed that if you want to achieve anything special in life you have to work, work, and then work some more.” – David Beckham

25. “There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” – Messi

Messi Quote26. “Money is not a motivating factor…My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer, I would willingly play for nothing.” – Messi

27. “Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you’re going to perform, you’ve already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.” – Usain Bolt

28. “In my case, I can sincerely say nothing is impossible.” – Novak Djokovic

29. “A shark? No, I like to think I’m more like a panther. A shark attacks from behind without you knowing. With a panther, you know it’s coming but he still gets you.” – Lewis Hamilton

30. “I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve.” – Ronaldo