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Competition Quotes

Show me a guy who is afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.

Author: Lou Brock


Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity.

Author: Daniel Burrus

Profession: American Trend Predictor, Author of ''Techo Trends''

Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.

Author: Earl Campbell

Profession: American Football Player

Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it's fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it's a mutual hostility.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

The price which society pays for the law of competition, like the price it pays for cheap comforts and luxuries, is great; but the advantages of this law are also greater still than its cost -- for it is to this law that we owe our wonderful material development, which brings improved conditions in its train. But, whether the law be benign or not, we must say of it: It is here; we cannot evade it; no substitutes for it have been found; and while the law may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.

Author: Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

Profession: American Industrialist, Philanthropist

I don't psyche myself up. I psyche myself down. I think clearer when I'm not psyched up.

Author: Steve Cauthen

Profession: American Jockey

Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.

Author: Wilt Chamberlain (1936)

Profession: American Basketball Player

Thou shalt not covet; but tradition approves all forms of competition.

Author: Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861)

Profession: British Poet

The general fact is that the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry, which by specialization and social control is, at the same time, organized co-operation.

Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

Profession: American Sociologist

It's amazing how much of this is mental. Everybody's in good shape. Everybody knows how to ski. Everybody has good equipment. When it really boils down to it, it's who wants it the most, and who's the most confident on his skis.

Author: Reggie Crist

Profession: American Skier

I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?

Author: Leo Durocher (1905-1991)

Profession: American Baseball Player/Manager

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Profession: Thirty-fourth President of the USA

You must sacrifice, train, do everything possible to put yourself in a position to win. But if you consider second or third a failure, I feel sorry for you.

Author: Joe Falcon

Profession: American Athlete

You get out in front -- you stay out in front.

Author: A. J. Foyt

Profession: American Race Car Driver

It is better for a woman to compete impersonally in society, as men do, than to compete for dominance in her own home with her husband, compete with her neighbors for empty status, and so smother her son that he cannot compete at all.

Author: Betty Friedan (1921)

Profession: American Feminist Writer