Can You Finish These Famous Quotes From All-Star Athletes?

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Are you so up to date on your sports knowledge that you not only know the stats of your favorite athletes, but you also know everything they say and do? Take this quiz to find out how many of these 35 all-star athletes quotes you can identify.

Athletes are some of the most quotable individuals. They are often a source of inspiration for many of us, even if we are not actual athletes ourselves. In some cases, we don't even realize that some of our favorite, or most notable, quotes were actually spoken by an athlete. We've compiled a list of them for this quiz that we hope will inspire you and surprise you.

Sure, we bet you remember that Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, was fond of saying that he could "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee," but do you know who said, "Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind"? How about who said, “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time”? If you said runner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and baseballer, Lou Brock, you're ready to take this quiz.

Let's get started to find out how well you do.

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to ____.”

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.” Baseball great Ernie Banks, said this.

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“Age is no _______. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” Runner Jackie Joyner-Kersee, said this.

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“A trophy carries dust. ________ last forever.”

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” Gymnast Mary Lou Retton, said this.

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"There may be people that have more ______ than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."

"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." Baseball's Derek Jeter, said this.

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"________ is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer."

"Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.” Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams said this.

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“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a _________.”

“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” Footballer Terry Bradshaw said this.

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"It’s the will to prepare to ____ that matters.”

"It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” Football coach Bear Bryant said this.

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“Persistence can change _______ into extraordinary achievement.”

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” Football coach Marv Levy said this.

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“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every ______.”

“I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.” Former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry said this.

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“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ____.”

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” Surfer Laird Hamilton said this.

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“I became a good _______ when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it."

“I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." Baseball great Sandy Koufax said this.

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“If you can’t outplay them, _______ them.”

“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” Golfer Ben Hogan said this.

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“Good is not ____ when better is expected.”

“Good is not good when better is expected.” Sportscaster Vin Scully said this.

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“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s _____________.”

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” Baseball legend Tommy Lasorda said this.

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“Champions keep _______ until they get it right.”

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” Tennis legend Billie Jean King said this.

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“What you lack in ______ can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.”

“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.” Baseballer Tom Zimmer said this.

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“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to ____.”

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” Swimmer Mark Spitz said this.

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“Persistence can change _______ into extraordinary achievement.”

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” Olympian Matt Biondi said this.

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“The road to Easy Street goes through the _____.”

“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” Football great John Madden said this.

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“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to ____.”

“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.” Tennis player Andre Agassi said this.

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“The more _________ the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” Soccer legend Pele said this.

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“One man can be a _______ ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” Basketballer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said this.

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“Nobody who ever gave his ____ regretted it.”

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” Chicago Bears founder George Halas said this.

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"In a decisive set, __________ is the difference.”

"In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.” Tennis great Chris Evert said this.

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“When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to ___.”

“When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I am out there to win.” Boxer Joe Frazier said this.

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“Always make a _____ effort, even when the odds are against you.”

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” Golfer Arnold Palmer said this.

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“You have to ______ things of yourself before you can do them.”

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” Basketball legend Michael Jordan said this.

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“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can ____ every time.”

“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” Baseballer Lou Brock said this.

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“If you _____ hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.”

“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard, you’ll be hard to beat.” All-American legend Herschel Walker said this.

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“Your biggest ________ isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.”

“Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.” Basketball coach Bobby Knight said this.

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“If you can believe it, the ____ can achieve it.”

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” Football player Ronnie Lott said this.

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“Make each day your ___________.”

“Make each day your masterpiece.” Basketball Hall-of-Famer John Wooden said this.

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“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do _______.”

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” Miami Heat president, and former player and coach, Pat Riley said this.

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“Just keep going. Everybody gets ______ if they keep at it.”

“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” Baseball legend Ted Williams said this.

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“If you aren’t going all the ___, why go at all?”

“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” Football legend Joe Namath said this.

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