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





Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry.


George Ade (1866-1944, American humorist, playwright)


You've got to believe you can win. But I believe respect for the fact that you can lose is what you always have to keep in your mind so that nothing surprises you.


Andre Agassi (1970-, American tennis player)


Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


Every time you win, you're reborn; when you lose, you die a little.


George E. Allen (1832-1907, British publisher, author)


You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.


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


Ever notice that people never say "It's only a game" when they're winning?


Ivern Ball


Guts are a combination of confidence, courage, conviction, strength of character, stick-to-itiveness, pugnaciousness, backbone, and intestinal fortitude. They are mandatory for anyone who wants to get to and stay at the top.


D A Benton (American author)


A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.


Larry Bird (1956-, American basketball player, coach)


The world is full of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


Don't be afraid to win.


Mel Brooks (1926-, American actor, director)


I don't believe in this business of being behind, better to be in front.


Mel Brooks (1926-, American actor, director)


There are winners, there are losers and there are people who have not yet learned how to win.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


A winner never whines.


Paul Brown (1908-1991, American football coach)


It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.


Bear Bryant (1913-1983, American football coach)


The person who masters himself through self-control and discipline is truly undefeatable.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Winners must have two things: definite goals, and a burning desire to achieve them.


Brad Burden


Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.


Arthur Calwell


The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


Any time you try to win everything, you must be willing to lose everything.


Larry Csonka (1946-, American football player)


I can tell you one thing. I've done this my way. I don't have anybody to blame for this win but me, and I love it.


John Daly (1966-, American golfer)


Life is strange. Every so often a good man wins.


Frank Dane


You've got to put those bad shots behind you. That's why some people win a lot more than others. They have the ability to forget about a bad swing and think about the good stuff.


Laura Davies


Some people, in working towards a goal, find themselves seized by inertia when it comes time for action. If this should happen to you, despite the small graduated steps, then it is time to re examine your goal. Consider how important it actually is and then either discard the goal and replace it with a more suitable one or continue the steps with a renewed sense of the value of achieving it.


Fitzhugh Dodson


Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.


Chris Evert (1954-, American tennis player)


They always win who side with God.


Frederick W. Faber (1814-1863, British priest, hymn writer)


When you're a winner you're always happy, but if you're happy as a loser you'll always be a loser.


Mark Fidrych


We will get everything out of her that you can squeeze out of a lemon and a bit more. I will squeeze her until you can hear the pips squeak.


Sir Eric Geddes


There are no winners, only survivors.


Frank Gifford (1930-, American sportscaster)


Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do.


Albert Gray


There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.


Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980, Anglo-American filmmaker)


Winning tastes good.


Jean Claude Killy (1943-, French skier)


Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing.


Phil Jackson


If you're going to dedicate every second to winning the decathlon, what are you doing wasting your time in bed?


Bruce Jenner (1949-, American track athlete, author, speaker)


A losing football team looks at excuses. A championship football team looks at solutions.


Jimmy Johnson (1943-, American football coach)


Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose. Everyone has bad stretches and real successes. Either way, you have to be careful not to lose your confidence or get to confident.


Nancy Kerrigan (1977-, American figure skater)


If winning was easy, then everybody would be doing it. It's the hard that makes it great!


A League of Their Own Movie


The most distinguishing feature of winners is their intensity of purpose.


Alymer Letterman


All right Mister, let me tell you what winning means... you're willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Winners never quit, and quitters never win.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Winning is not a sometime thing; It's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home when trouble arrives, you can only win.


Shelley Long (1949-, American actress)


The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.


John Madden (1936-, American football coach)


Another club can be beating you for six innings but for some reason the good ball clubs get tough and win them in the last three.


Billy Martin (1928-1989, American  baseball manager)


If you cannot win, make the one ahead of you break the record.


Jan McKeithen


To finish first, you must first finish.


Rick Mears (1951-, American race car driver)


In order to win you must be prepared to lose something. And leave one or two cards showing.


Van Morrison (1945-, British-born American singer, songwriter, musician)


You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.


Joe Namath (1943-, American football player)


Win or lose, playing at all is winning.


Wolfgang Nording


If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard. The thrill of competing carries with it the thrill of a gold medal. One wants to win to prove himself the best.


Jesse Owens (1913-1980, American Olympian)


Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.


Fred Perry


Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.


Bum Phillips (1923-, American football coach)


The only way to win is to fight on the side of your adversaries.


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.


Barbara Pletcher


Those that know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.


Polybius (c.200-c.120 BC, Greek politician, diplomat, historian)


You always win by not saying the things you don't need to say.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


The one thing that separates the winners from the losers, is, winners take action.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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There are one hundred and ninety nine ways to beat, but only one way to win; get there first.


Willie Shoemaker (1931-, American racing jockey and trainer)


Everyone wants to win, but I think winners believe they deserve to win. They've made the commitment, they've followed the right path, and they've taken the right steps to be successful.


Amy Ruley


Everyone wants to win, but I think winners believe they deserve to win. They've made the commitment, they've followed the right path, and they've taken the right steps to be successful.


Amy Ruley


You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge.


Damon Runyon (1884-1946, American writer, journalist)


If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just to finish the race -- it's up to you.


David Scott (American triathlete)


Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.


Emmitt Smith (1969-, American football player)


Therefore the skilful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.


Sun Tzu (c 400-430 BC, Chinese military strategist, author of "Art of War")


Whoever wishes to win in this game must have patience and money, since the values are so little constant and the rumors so little founded on truth vision is the art of seeing things invisible.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Winning isn't everything, but losing is nothing.


Red Symons


Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.


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

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Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that's more productive.


Donald Trump (1946-, American businessman, actor)


A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits


Author Unknown


A winner loses more often than losers.


Author Unknown


Nothing great is lightly won, nothing won is lost. Every good deed that's nobly done will always repay the cost.


Author Unknown


Remember that the horse that finishes a neck ahead wins the race.


Author Unknown


Sometimes a winner is just a dreamer that never gave up.


Author Unknown


The only way to be number one is to be number one.


Author Unknown


Winners are ordinary people with extraordinary heart.


Author Unknown


Winning doesn't make you abetter person, but being a better person will make you a winner.


Author Unknown


Nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second.


Bobby Unser (1934-, American race car driver)


One characteristic of winners is they always look upon themselves as a do it yourself project.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they don't do.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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It is not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game ever starts.


Addison Walker


Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


The winner persistently programs his pluses; the loser mournfully magnifies his minuses.


William A. Ward


Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.


Harriet Woods


I don't know if I even have an aura, man. I just try to win.


Tiger Woods (1975-, American golfer)


I've learned that you don't have to win first place to win.


Kim Zmeskal (1976-, American gymnast)


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