„Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.“
Source: Jordan, Michael. I Can't Accept Not Trying : Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. p. 129
Context: I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying [no hard work].
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. (p. 20, 24)
— Jerome Bettis Former American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers 1972
Bettis announcing his retirement following the Steelers’ Super Bowl victory in his hometown of Detroit (February 5, 2006http://www.hwwilson.com/_home/bios/1992060806.htm
— Reza Goodary Mixed martial artist 1988
Source: One of the factors of my success has been and is away from the margins of sports. After winning MMA world championship, I will be retired to professional sports. https://www.borna.news/fa/tiny/news-1256573 BORNA News, (November 4, 2021)
— Steve Blank American businessman 1953
Interview with Steve Blank (2013)
— Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963
Hall of Fame induction address, 2009 http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/jordanhof_speech_090912.html
— Michael Korda British writer 1933
Source: Success! (1977), p. 145
Context: Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you derive from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out. You may earn a good living, you may have a safe career, but you will never be a success. Find out what you enjoy doing, and your chances of succeeding will be dramatically better. We play the game every day, sometimes without even recognizing that we're doing it. We compete with other people, or other teams, or other companies, not only because it is essential to business survival, but because we frankly enjoy competition. It's fun to be in the game, and it's even more fun to win.
— Viswanathan Anand Indian chess player 1969
Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower
— James P. Carse American academic
Source: Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility
— Yuzuru Hanyu Japanese figure skater (1994-) 1994
Quote from an article on the Olympic Channel https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/stories/news/detail/yuzuru-hanyu-coy-cryptic-beijing-olympic-2022-chen-ankle/, published 3 April 2019. (Retrieved 11 September 2020)
Other quotes, 2019
Source: The Throne of Fire
— Jamal-al-Din Afghani Political activist and Islamic ideologist 1837 - 1897
As quoted in Jamāḷ al-Dīn al-Afghāni: A Muslim intellectual (1984) by Anwar Moazzam, p. 3
— Francis Drake English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era 1540 - 1596
Reputedly while playing Bowls at Plymouth Hoe, upon being informed that the Spanish Armada had been sighted approaching England. ([29 July, 1588, 19 July]); This attribution is not known to have appeared in writing until 1736, so its authenticity remains uncertain.
Variant: There's time to finish the game and beat the Spaniards too.
— Babe Ruth American baseball player 1895 - 1948
The earliest quotes similar to this are presented as unattributed folk wisdom, such as this example from 1959:
As Brother Allen of Newsweek indicated, it has been fun, but don't try to rest on your laurels. Always remember, “YESTERDAY’S HOME-RUN DOESN’T COUNT IN TODAY’S GAME,” and today’s game is well under way.
The quote does not begin to be attributed to Babe Ruth until the 1980s, nearly 30 years after its first appearance.
Source: F. N. Abbott, "On Your Marks", in [The Palm, vol lxxix, no. 1 (February 1959), Harry L., Bird (ed.), 1959, Champaign, IL, Alpha Tau Omega, 17, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiuc.1744313v0079?urlappend=%3Bseq=19]
„"This is what's great about sports. This is what the greatest thing about sports is: you play to win the game. Hello? You play to win the game. You don't play it to just play it. That's the great thing about sports: you play to win, and I don't care if you don't have any wins. You go play to win. When you start tellin' me it doesn't matter, then retire. Get out! 'Cause it matters." - Following a question from New York Times sports reporter Judy Battista on the team's ability to win, on October 30, 2002 after a Week 8 loss to the Cleveland Browns left them at 2–5. After this speech, the Jets, sparked by the debut of quarterback Chad Pennington, would go 7–2 and win the AFC Eastern Division Championship.
:This monologue was later incorporated into a TV commercial for Coors Light beer.“
— Herm Edwards American football player, coach and analyst 1954
With New York
„Through your thoughts, you create your own games, and you win your own games because perhaps you have forgotten how to play the real game. What is the real game? It is the game in which the heart is entertained, the game in which you are entertained. It is the game that you will win.“
— Prem Rawat controversial spiritual leader 1957
Madrid, Spain September 1992