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





There is a syndrome in sports called "paralysis by analysis."


Arthur Ashe (1943-1993, African-American tennis player)


There are people who think that wrestling is an ignoble sport. Wrestling is not sport, it is a spectacle, and it is no more ignoble to attend a wrestled performance of suffering than a performance of the sorrows of Arnolphe or Andromaque.


Roland Barthes (1915-1980, French semiologist)


For man, maximum excitement is the confrontation of death and the skillful defiance of it by watching others fed to it as he survives transfixed with rapture.


Ernest Becker (1924-1974, American psychologist, cultural anthropologist)


Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.


Bion (Greek bucolic poet)


So you wish to conquer in the Olympic games, my friend? And I too, by the Gods, and a fine thing it would be! But first mark the conditions and the consequences, and then set to work. You will have to put yourself under discipline; to eat by rule, to avoid cakes and sweetmeats; to take exercise at the appointed hour whether you like it or no, in cold and heat; to abstain from cold drinks and from wine at your will; in a word, to give yourself over to the trainer as to a physician. Then in the conflict itself you are likely enough to dislocate your wrist or twist your ankle, to swallow a great deal of dust, or to be severely thrashed, and, after all these things, to be defeated.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Two things only the people anxiously desire, bread and the circus games.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. The mounting of this illusion defines the purpose and accounts for the immense wealth of American sports. It is the ceremony of innocence that the fans pay to see -- not the game or the match or the bout, but the ritual portrayal of a world in which time stops and all hope remains plausible, in which everybody present can recover the blameless expectations of a child, where the forces of light always triumph over the powers of darkness.


Lewis H. Lapham (1935-, American essayist, editor)


When we lose, I eat. When we win, I eat. I also eat when we're rained out.


Tommy Lasorda (1927-, American  baseball manager)


Sports should always be fun.


Charles Mann (1945-, American football player)


Any manager who can't get along with a .400 hitter is crazy.


Joe McCarthy


In sports... you play from the time you're eight years old, and then you're done forever.


Joe Montana (1956-, American football player)


Sport in the sense of a mass-spectacle, with death to add to the underlying excitement, comes into existence when a population has been drilled and regimented and depressed to such an extent that it needs at least a vicarious participation in difficult feats of strength or skill or heroism in order to sustain its waning life-sense.


Lewis Mumford (1895-1990, American social philosopher)


People in the States used to think that if girls were good at sports their sexuality would be affected. Being feminine meant being a cheerleader, not being an athlete. The image of women is changing now. You don't have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you're a good athlete, it doesn't mean you're not a woman.


Martina Navratilova (1956-, American tennis player)


The man loves danger and sport. That is why he loves woman, the most dangerous of all sports.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.


Knute Rockne (1888-1931, Norwegian-born American football coach)


Fifty percent of life in the N.B.A. is sex. The other fifty percent is money.


Dennis Rodman (1961-, American basketball player, actor)


In sport, mental imagery is used primarily to help you get the best out of yourself in training and competition. The developing athletes who make the fastest progress and those who ultimately become their best make extensive use of mental imagery. They use it daily as a means of directing what will happen in training, and as a way of pre-experiencing their best competition performances.


Terry Orlick (American peak performance expert, trainer, author)


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.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


Sport inevitably creates deadness of feeling. No one could take pleasure in it who was sensitive to suffering; and therefore its pursuit by women is much more to be regretted than its pursuit by men, because women pursue much more violently and recklessly what they pursue at all.


Ouida (1838-1908, British writer)


Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.


Mike Singletary (1958-, American football player)


I don't think I can be expected to take seriously any game which takes less than three days to reach its conclusion.


Tom Stoppard (1937-, Czech playwright)


Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk.


Author Unknown


I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said,  well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em.


Jim Valvano (1946-1993, American college basketball coach)


Sports do not build character. They reveal it.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


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