Finding the right words to inspire your team might be one of the most difficult tasks facing basketball coaches today. Sometimes, though, using great quotes from the past might just do the trick. Here’s a look at 30 great quotes on Attitude to help inspire and motivate your basketball team this season!

Great Sports Quotes on Attitude

I can take anyone down at any time; they can’t take me down; no one can ride or turn me; I can control anyone. – Dan Gable

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz

Winning is a habit, but unfortunately so is losing. – Vince Lombardi

Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man; but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can. – Vince Lombardi

I’ve always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best. – Hakeem Olajuwon

Great Author Quotes on Attitude

Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it. – Irving Berlin

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done. – Josh Billings

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. – Arthur C. Clarke

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph W. Emerson

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. – William James

The wise does at once what the fool does at last. – Baltasar Gracian

When we trust God, He can make the ordinary extraordinary! – John C. Maxwell

Our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail. – John C. Maxwell

Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

Some people who yearn for endless life don’t even know what to do with a rainy afternoon. – Harvey H. Potthoff

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first time or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. – Betty Smith

The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny. – Frederick Speakman

You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. – Alvin Toffler

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. – Mark Twain

There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. – Edith Wharton

Other Great Quotes on Attitude

Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity. – Omar Ibn Al-Halif

“I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders. – George P. Burnham

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. – Albert Einstein

Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty. – John Huston Finley

It’s not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It’s what you do with your life that counts. – Millard Fuller

Ability is important, dependability is critical! – Alexander Lockhart

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. – Norman Vincent Peale

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. – Henry Ward Beecher

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. – Marianne Williamson

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