National - Motivational and Inspirational Quotes

I have to say that "If" by Rudyard Kipling has got to be one of the most Inspirational and Motivational Quotes ever, it could easily be applied to any sport? any thoughts of other Great Quotes that would Inspirer you?.

Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

fortyfive (Tyrone) - Posts:5926 - 08/06/2010 16:38:43   671092


If at first you don't succeed............ then skydiving definitely isn't for you

Maroonatic (Galway) - Posts:836 - 12/06/2010 11:22:18   674828


please, no trite simplistic rubbish; triumph? disaster? there's a big difference
If at first you don't succeed, pretend you're sick - Homer Simpson

befair (Down) - Posts:141 - 12/06/2010 11:56:03   674853


Cavan for sam

beer baron (Cavan) - Posts:3916 - 12/06/2010 11:59:20   674857


chase the dream, not the competition!

minor10 (Wicklow) - Posts:82 - 12/06/2010 12:05:57   674860


If it ain't broke don't fix it:)

Johnjoe90 (Meath) - Posts:104 - 12/06/2010 12:25:02   674884


I don't know what to say really.
Three minutes
to the biggest battle of our professional lives
all comes down to today.
we heal
as a team
or we are going to crumble.
Inch by inch
play by play
till we're finished.
We are in hell right now, gentlemen
believe me
we can stay here
and get the daylights kicked out of us
we can fight our way
back into the light.
We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.

Now I can't do it for you.
I'm too old.
I look around and I see these young faces
and I think
I mean
I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
I uh....
I threw away all my money
believe it or not.
I chased off
anyone who has ever loved me.
And lately,
I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That's, that's part of life.
you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean
one half step too late or to early
you don't quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don't quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game
every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know
when we add up all those inches
that's going to make the difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

I'll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.

Now I can't make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you.
Look into his eyes.
Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy
who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it,
you are gonna do the same thing for him.

That's a team, gentlemen
and either we heal now, as a team,
or we will die as individuals.
That's football guys.
That's all it is.
Now, whattaya gonna do?

Better if you can get pacino into to it for you

bitchesandhoes (Sligo) - Posts:118 - 12/06/2010 12:28:45   674892


Who said its the taking part that counts? Girls its not the f****** taking part its the f****** winning, Whats the point in taking part then?

Orlaith (Derry) - Posts:4282 - 12/06/2010 12:38:02   674897


The Davy is the master of the inspirational speech:

Loyal2TheRoyal (Meath) - Posts:4522 - 12/06/2010 12:57:27   674912


First is First, Second is Nowhere!

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement

fortyfive (Tyrone) - Posts:5926 - 12/06/2010 13:36:09   674925


"The darkest moments of our lives are not to be buried and forgotten,
rather the are a memory to be called upon to remind us of the unrelenting
human spirit and our capacity to overcome the intolerable."

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear,
is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious"

"The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it."

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."

The legendary Vince Lombardi.

Plink (Monaghan) - Posts:110 - 12/06/2010 13:59:06   674952


If it ain't broke don't fix it:)

Johnjoe90 (Meath) - Posts:104 - 12/06/2010 14:05:24   674960


You cant apply professional business quotes to an amateur sport...... look where they have got business anyway with all these truisms

BIG SACKS (Tyrone) - Posts:1679 - 12/06/2010 14:18:52   674971


this is the number 1 greatest speach of all time. FACT

donaldo (Meath) - Posts:352 - 12/06/2010 14:22:25   674978


Fr. Fintan Stack was a very inspirational priest

Father Stack: what are we watchin?

we're lookin at the sports day!

Father Stack: lot's of young fellas running around in shorts. thats the kind of thing you like looking at. only your probaly imagining what they'd look like without shorts. your sitting there imagining that with a big smile on your face. you dirty fecker.

Lebowski (Meath) - Posts:363 - 12/06/2010 14:30:20   674988


A winner listens, a loser just waits untill it is their turn to talk

Lofty (Monaghan) - Posts:727 - 12/06/2010 14:34:47   674994


"Take your points and the goals will come" - said a thousand times.

"go in there a poach a few goals get us back into it" said to me at the second half of an intervarsities hurling match where we were losing by at least 18 pts and I had no intention of going near the ball. In the managers defence, he said it tongue in cheek !

PearseBro (Monaghan) - Posts:415 - 12/06/2010 15:14:21   675013


get your heads outta your asses and kick the fecking thing over the bar.... its not rocket science!!

wise_guy (Tyrone) - Posts:1584 - 12/06/2010 15:43:03   675032


One of our managers when I played minor used to say a classic - "Points mean Prizes"

LocAnOilean (Down) - Posts:67 - 12/06/2010 16:42:20   675076


c'mon shannon gaels-rathcline midfielders

yup outa that

giddy up

ah i know him well

flame09 (Longford) - Posts:244 - 12/06/2010 17:03:22   675088