Albion Hurricanes FC 93G Black Super II Team: Inspirational Quotes

Friday, October 13
You must be able to withstand the punishment, get up off the ground after each tackle, and have no fear of running at that same defender who just sent you barreling to the turf. Eventually you’ll wear them down.
-Mia Hamm

Embrace the Challenge
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

The Power of Attitude
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results.

The Essence of Determination
Determination is born out of purpose…knowing that you are gifted for something and this something must be attained. It is never enough to rely on luck or natural talent. You must, above all, believe in yourself, face your goals, and then fight as if your life depended on it.

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Great Quotes from Great People
"It’s not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters."
       -Paul "Bear" Bryant

"It's when you try to sprint down a ball that everyone thinks is going out of bounds and you think it is too. But you go after it anyway and you get to it. Maybe you don't make a great cross with it to win the game, but you pushed yourself beyond what you thought you could. That's what it will take to win the gold."
       - Mia Hamm

"In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?"
       -Jesse Owens

"I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying."
       -Michael Jordan

"Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly."
       -Shaquille O’Neal

"Do not throw in the towel; use it for wiping the sweat off your face."

"I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened."
       -Wilma Rudolph

"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts."
       -Steve Prefontaine

"I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down."
       -Mia Hamm

"The will to prepare, the guts to risk, and the desire to be the best…these are the trademarks of a champion."

"The country is full of good coaches. What it takes to win is a bunch of interested players."
       -Don Coryell, ex-San Diego Chargers Coach

"The more honor and respect among the players, the greater the team."

"People do not lack strength; they lack will."
       -Victor Hugo

"Good coaches teach respect for the opposition, love of competition, the value of trying your best, and how to win and lose graciously."
       -Brooks Clark

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself."
       -Henry Ward Beecher

"No student ever attains eminent success by simply doing what is required of him/her; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction."
       -Charles Kendall Adams, American Historian

"The will to win is not worth a nickel unless you have the will to practice."

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
       -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There is no such thing as a great talent without a great willpower."

"Strength Within, Pride Throughout."
       -Acton-Boxboro Varsity Girls Basketball

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
       -John Wooden

"How a man plays the game shows something of his character; how he loses shows it all."
       -Tribune (Camden County, GA)

"Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character."
       -T. Alan Armstrong

"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up."
       -The Reverend Jesse Jackson

Use of profanity is an indication of incomplete and immature thinking.
       -Jim Turpin

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."
       -Herschel Walker

"The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital."
       -Joe Paterno

"Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan."
       -Tom Landry

"A winner never whines."
       -Paul Brown

"Circumstances may cause interruptions or delays, but never lose sight of the goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs."
       - Mario Andretti

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."
       - Helen Keller

-[written By Mia Hamm just after winning the World Cup]
A letter to my team:
Remember the night before the final World Cup game, when we all got together and wrote down what we felt about each other and then taped the notes to the person's back? Then we ran back to our rooms and read them. Mine said, "Kick me." The note under it said, "Kick me harder." Just kidding, but really, some of your phrases were unbelievable. Things like, "I love how hard you play," "I love how you play for this team," "You play with passion." I feel the same way about every one of you guys. In sports, we go through some absolutely wonderful times and some absolutely fearful times - like when you've got that really easy sitter and you miss it, and everyone in the stands is looking at you saying, "Hey, come on! I could have finished that one!" And your teammates look at you and they don't judge you. In the tough times and the great times, they treat you just the same. That's what sports is all about. Sports isn't about awards or world championships, though those are great. It's about the relationships we have with one another. So that night, before the final game, reading all those quotes, I'd already won. I won because I'm part of a great team. We're players who believe in each other and work extremely hard for one another. From the bottom of my heart, you guys, we did it together. I love you.
       -Mia Hamm

Never Give Up. Never Give Up. Never Give Up.
       -Winston Churchill


"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou

"Nothing succeeds like success." - Alexandre Dumas

"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat." - Victoria

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." - Michael Jordan

"Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda


"He who has never failed cannot be great. Failure is the true test of greatness." - Herman Melville

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes." - Benjamin Disraeli

"A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning." - Billie Jean King

"Fear of losing is what makes competitors great. Show me a gracious loser and I'll show you a permanent loser." - O.J. Simpson


"I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more of it I have." - Thomas Jefferson

"Fortune favors the brave." - Ennius

"Luck is a matter of preperation meeting opportunity." - Oprah Winfrey

"People always call it luck when you act more sensibly than they have." - Anne Tyler


"Who Knows? Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!" - Barbara Bush

"My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there." - Charles F. Kettering


"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts." - Nikki Giovanni

"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him." - Aldous Huxley


"The disease of me can lead to the defeat of us." - Pat Riley

"There is no friend like a sister. In calm or stormy weather..." - Christina Rossetti

"We shall indeed all hang together, or we shall assuredly all hang seperately." - Ben Franklin

"If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." - Bible: Mark 3:25


"When pain ends, gain ends too." - Robert Browning

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." - Thomas Edison

"The difficult is done at once. The impossible takes a bit longer." - Anthony Trollope

"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true." - L.J. Cardinal Suenens

"When you play, play hard. When you work, don't play at all." - Theodore Roosevelt

"He who wants to get to the top must get off his bottom." - Anonymous

"Pray not for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs." - Theodore Roosevelt


"Courage is doing what you are affraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." - Eddie Rickenbacker

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear directly in the face." - Eleanor Roosevelt


"Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." - George Washington Carver

"He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else." - Ben Franklin

"When an ape cannot reach the bananas he says that they are sour." - Bambara Proverb


"Talk does not cook rice" - Chinese Proverb

"The best time to do something is when it can be done." - William Pickens

"A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds." - Mother Goose

"An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind." - Gandhi


"Vision without Action is Hallucination" - Don Clifton


"If you are not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired - with enthusiasm." - Vince Lombardi