48 Quotes About Bad Sportsmanship


Competition can be fierce in the world of sports. Whether it is parents competing with one another through their kids or poor sportmanship between individuals being shown on the field, there is little room for this type of behavior. Here are some notable quotes about bad sportmanship that help to discourage this type of action.

“A lion never roars after a kill.”

“A winner never whines.”

“Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.”

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

“Don’t praise your own good shots. Leave that function to your partner who, if a good sport, will not be slow in performing it.”

“Every game, you have so many people watching you. You can show good sportsmanship by helping other players up, and not talking back to coaches and referees.”

“For me, being memorable is more important than winning.”

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

“I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right.”

“I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game, that we are only as a good as our opponents, and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent.”

“I would prefer even to lose with honor than to win by cheating.”

“If you spend a lot of time on sportsmanship, you’re going to spend a lot of time losing.”

“If you win through bad sportsmanship that’s no real victory.”

“It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.”

“It is better to know defeat than to know nothing at all.”

“It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.”

“It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.”

“It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

“Losing is no disgrace if you’ve given your best.”

“Never let a win get to your head, or a loss to your heart.”

“No matter if you win or lose, the most important thing in life is to enjoy what you have.”

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”

“Sometimes I think sportsmanship is a little bit forgotten in place of the individual attention.”

“Sometimes you lose. Nothing you can do but admit it.”

“Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.”

“Sportsmanship is making sure you have respect for the guy you’re playing across from.”

“Sportsmanship is not just about being nice. It is much more important than that. It’s about realizing that you could not compete without an opponent and that she has the same goals as you.”

“Sportsmanship, next to the Church, is the greatest teacher of morals.”

“The determination to win is the better part of winning.”

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”

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

“There is no such thing as sportsmanship.”

“There is value in any experience that exercises those ethical restraints collectively called sportsmanship.”

“To play is in the mind. To win is in the heart.”

“True sportsmanship is excellence in motion!”

“Victory is in the quality of the competition, not just the final score.”

“What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what’s thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going.”

“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”

“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”

“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.”

“Win or lose, do it fairly.”

“Win or lose, I’ll feel good about myself. That’s what is important.”

“Winning is about heart, not just legs. It’s got to be in the right place.”

“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.”

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”

There are many examples of poor sportmanship. These are just some that help to demonstrate the point.

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