They always win who side with God.
—Frederick William Faber (1814–63) British Hymn writer, Theologian
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 (fl. c.544–496 BCE) Chinese General, Military Theorist
Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul.
—Sir Thomas Buxton, 1st Baronet (1786–1845) English Politician, Social Reformer
It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
—Bear Bryant (1913–83) American Sportsperson
The only way to be number one is to be number one.
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) British-born American Film Director, Film Producer
No wife can endure a gambling husband, unless he is a steady winner.
—Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar (1864–1930) Scottish Businessperson
The cheerful loser is the winner.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
Nothing great is lightly won, nothing won is lost. Every good deed that’s nobly done will always repay the cost.
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 (1910–2010) American Sportsperson
I don’t know if I even have an aura, man. I just try to win.
—Tiger Woods (b.1975) American Sportsperson
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
—Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919) Scottish-American Industrialist
A quitter never wins, and a winner never quits.
Winner expects to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.
—Bum Phillips (1923–2013) American Football Coach
If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.
—Zig Ziglar (1926–2012) American Author
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
—Vince Lombardi (1913–70) American Football Coach
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.
—Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Irish Satirist
You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
—Arthur Ashe (1943–93) American Tennis Player
If you can accept losing you can’t win. If you can walk you can run. No one is ever hurt. Hurt is in your mind.
—Vince Lombardi, Jr. (1913–70) American Football Player, Coach
Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.
—Polybius (c.200–c.118 BCE) Greek Historian
Remember that the horse that finishes a neck ahead wins the race.
Ever notice that people never say “It’s only a game” when they’re winning?
—Ivern Ball (1926–92) American Writer, Aphorist
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-born British Philosopher
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 (b.1956) American Basketball Player
A winner never stops trying.
—Tom Landry (1924–2000) American Sportsperson
How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
—Lou Holtz (1893–1980) American Stage Performer
Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.
—Brian Tracy (b.1944) American Author, Motivational Speaker
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
—Zig Ziglar (1926–2012) American Author
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 (1913–80) American Track-and-Field Athlete