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20 Pieces Of Wisdom From Sports Movies

20 Pieces Of Wisdom From Sports Movies

20 Pieces Of Wisdom From Sports Movies

Finding it difficult to get through the day? In need of a burst of inspiration? Not a fan of Eat Pray Love?

Well there's a whole heap of motivation-boosting wisdom to be gained from the sports movie. From knowledgeable coaches to world-weary players, they know a lot about life on and off the pitch. We've saved you the trouble of spending the rest of the week watching films with a notepad and assembled the 20 greatest examples right here.

Let us know if we've missed your favourite. 

(Images: All Star)

Field of Dreams

“You know we just don't recognise the most significant moments of our lives while they're happening. Back then I thought, well, there'll be other days. I didn't realise that that was the only day.”

Dr. Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham (Burt Lancaster)



"Happiness is the enemy. It weakens you, puts doubts in your mind. Suddenly, you have something to lose."

Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl)



“We never know how high we are, ‘til we’re called to rise.”

Young Red Pollard (Michael Angarano)

Rocky Balboa

“Until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life!"

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)


"When your enemy's making mistakes, don't interrupt him."

Billy Beane (Brad Pitt)


“In this life, you don't have to prove nothing to nobody but yourself.”

Fortune (Charles S Dutton)

A League Of Their Own

“It's supposed to be hard.  If it wasn't hard everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.”

Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks)

Bull Durham

"The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness."

Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon)

Cinderella Man

“Just because things ain’t easy, that doesn’t give you an excuse to take what’s not yours.”

Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe)

Any Given Sunday

“When you get old, in life, things get taken from you. I mean, that's a part of life.  But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff."

Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino)

Million Dollar Baby

“Sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step back.  But step back too far and you ain’t fighting at all.”

Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris (Morgan Freeman)


"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn)


“Two wrongs don't make a right but three rights will make a left.”

Ty Webb (Chevy Chase)

Friday Night Lights

“Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth."

Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

“Nothing hones your mind and your instincts like necessity.”

Reese Bobby (Gary Cole)

The Wrestler

"You know, if you live hard and play hard and you burn the candle at both ends, you pay the price for it."

Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (Mickey Rourke)

The Hustler

“Anything can be great. I don't care, bricklaying can be great if a guy knows what he's doing and why and if he can make it come off.”

Eddie Felson (Paul Newman)

Cool Runnings

"A gold medal is a wonderful thing.  But if you're not enough without one, you'll never be enough with one."

Irving 'Irv' Blitzer (John Candy)

The Hurricane

“Writing is a weapon and it’s more powerful than a fist could ever be.”

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Denzel Washington)


Chariots Of Fire

“Where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within.”

Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson)