An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






I don't feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.


Hank Aaron (1934-, American baseball player)


Slumps are like a soft bed. They're easy to get into and hard to get out of.


Johnny Bench (1947-, American baseball player)


I like to be against the odds. I'm not afraid to be lonely at the top. With me, it's just the satisfaction of the game. Just performance.


Barry Bonds (1964-, American baseball player)


Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.


James B. Connant


You only have to bat a thousand with two things; flying and heart transplants. Everything else you can go 4 for five.


Beano Cook


It is hard to go beyond your public. If they are satisfied with cheap performance, you will not easily arrive at better. If they know what is good, and require it, you will aspire and burn until you achieve it. But from time to time, in history, men are born a whole age too soon.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The greatest efforts in sports came when the mind is as still as a glass lake.


Timothy Gallwey (American tennis player, author)


If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Do not waste a minute -- not a second -- in trying to demonstrate to others the merits of your performance. If your work does not vindicate itself, you cannot vindicate it.


Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911, American clergyman, writer)


No matter how good you are, there's a lot of luck involved.


Reggie Miller (1965-, American baseball player)


You learn you can do your best even when it's hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.


Joe Namath (1943-, American football player)


Forget about style; worry about results.


Bobby Orr (1948-, Canadian-born American hockey player)


Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.


Arnold Palmer (1929-, American golfer)


You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional.


Joe Paterno (1926-, American football coach)


I visualize the game. I think about who I am guarding, the things he likes to do.


Scottie Pippen (1965-, American basketball player)


Too aim is not enough, you must hit!


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Everyone has limits. You just have to learn what your own limits are and deal with them accordingly.


Nolan Ryan (1947-, American baseball player)


Wise to resolve, patient to perform.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Of the mental hazards, being scared is the worst. When you get scared, you get tense.


Sam Snead (1912-2002, American golfer)


Great works are done when one is not calculating and thinking.


Daisetz T. Suzuki (1870-1966, Japanese professor of philosopher)


How much we like ourselves governs our performance.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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I don't play small; you have to go out and play with what you have. I admit I used to want to be tall, but I made it in high school, college, and now the pros, so it doesn't matter.


Spud Webb


Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


You can't rely just on talent to win.


Scott Young (1967-, American hockey player)


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