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Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. ~ George Will
In the case of a people which represents many nations, cultures, and races, as does our own, a unification of interests and ideals in recreations is bound to wield a telling influence for solidarity of the entire population. No more truly democratic force can be set off against the tendency to class and caste than the democracy of individual parts and prowess in sport. ~ Calvin Coolidge
Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Sports is the game of lovers. ~ Nelson Mandela
Sport is linked with the technical world because sport itself is a technique. The enormous contrast between the athletes of Greece and those of Rome is well known. For the Greeks, physical exercise was an ethic for developing freely and harmoniously the form and strength of the human body. ~ Jacques Ellul
More people in the world are concerned with sports than with human rights. ~ S.P. Huntington
Sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting. ~ George Orwell

Quotes about sports.

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  • To me? Flirting is just like a sport.

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  • In the case of a people which represents many nations, cultures, and races, as does our own, a unification of interests and ideals in recreations is bound to wield a telling influence for solidarity of the entire population. No more truly democratic force can be set off against the tendency to class and caste than the democracy of individual parts and prowess in sport.

E[edit]

  • He's long ago given up hope of finding a country anywhere in the world where it was safe to tell total strangers that he had no interest in sports whatsoever.
  • Sport is linked with the technical world because sport itself is a technique. The enormous contrast between the athletes of Greece and those of Rome is well known. For the Greeks, physical exercise was an ethic for developing freely and harmoniously the form and strength of the human body. For the Romans, it was a technique for increasing the legionnaire's efficiency. The Roman conception prevails today.
  • Everyone knows the difference between a fisherman, a sailor, a swimmer, a cyclist, and people who fish, sail, swim and cycle for sport. The last are technicians; as Jünger says, they “tend to carry to perfection the mechanical side of their activity.” This mechanization of actions is accompanied by the mechanization of sporting goods—stop watches, starting machines, and so on. In this exact measurement of time, in the precision training of muscular actions, and in the principle of the “record,” we find repeated in sport one of the essential elements of industrial life.
  • The human being becomes a kind of machine, and his machine-controlled activity becomes a technique. This technical civilization profits by this mechanization: the individual, by means of the discipline imposed on him by sport, not only plays and finds relaxation from the various compulsions to which he is subjected, but without knowing it trains himself for new compulsions. A familiar process is repeated: real play and enjoyment, contact with air and water, improvisation and spontaneity all disappear. These values are lost to the pursuit of efficiency, records, and strict rules. Training in sports makes of the individual an efficient piece of apparatus which is henceforth unacquainted with anything but the harsh joys of exploiting his body and winning.
  • Sport carries on without deviation the mechanical tradition of furnishing relief and distraction to the worker after he has finished his work proper so that he is at no time independent of one technique or another. In sport the citizen of the technical society finds the same spirit, criteria, morality, actions and objectives—in short, all the technical laws and customs—which he encounters in office or factory.

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  • When you’re an athlete—I played all through college and on a pretty high level—you don’t even realize you’re transmitting these confidence vibes, but you do, it just becomes so innate.
  • Language has become so important to us [at espnW]. You noticed subtleties. It’s not always people being disrespectful or trying to be insulting. But it’s a little bit about how the sports culture works and the language of sports. We say basketball is 'basketball.' But women’s basketball is 'women’s basketball.' You have to call out the gender. It’s so ingrained. Athletes are athletes, but you have to specify a ‘female athlete.’ We do this at espnW to be descriptive since that’s who we’re focused on, but in the sport world at large, 'athletes' have always been male pronouns. It’s sad—but it’s changing. We’re calling things out that haven’t been acknowledged before.
  • I have a son, he’s seven, and—granted, he lives in my house and I’m constantly playing sports with him so he might be little bit of an outlier—but he's growing thinking women can do anything. I think this next generation is going to grow up more accepting and with a different perspective on what men can do and what women can do. For me growing up, I was a child of Title IX. I was able to play any sport I wanted to, but even as a kid playing football in the street with the boys, that was a little unusual. People were like, ‘Hmm, why is she always playing with the boys? Her hands are always dirty when she goes to Brownies…’ [laughs] Now, I don’t think girls get that. You just play sports!
  • That’s the beauty of sports, you take great pride in your body. Maybe your thighs are big by standards, but they’re super powerful and strong. At espnW we’re always looking to show authentic athletes and show that it’s ok to sweat, it’s ok for your hair to be dirty. I loved how Aly Raisman said, 'My entire body needs to be strong, even my pinky toe.' She probably has the strongest pinky toe of anybody we know! The women are super honest about how they’ve learned to love their bodies and they’ll say, 'I may not be a perfect size 4, but whose definition is that anyway? And I can do things that other people can’t.'
    • Laura Gentile, founder of espnW [1]
  • By sports like these are all their cares beguil'd,
    The sports of children satisfy the child.

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  • It is a poor sport that is not worth the candle.
  • Nec luisse pudet, sed non incidere ludum.
    • The shame is not in having sported, but in not having broken off the sport.
    • Horace, Epistles (c. 20 BC and 14 BC), I. 14. 36.
  • Sport is not something you can immediately walk away from, it is something which slowly starts to disappear from you.
  • This is worth living for; the whole sum of school-boy existence gathered up into one straining, struggling half-hour, a half-hour worth a year of common life.

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  • Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Sports is the game of lovers.
  • When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do not make her more sport, than she makes me?
    • Michel de Montaigne, Apology far Raimond de Sebonde; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 746.
  • Basketball is my favorite sport; I like the way they dribble up and down the court... I like the pick and roll, I like the give and go!

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  • Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.

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  • Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify, because the players are always changing, the team can move to another city. You're actually rooting for the clothes, when you get right down to it. You know what I mean? You are standing and cheering and yelling for your clothes to beat the clothes from another city. Fans will be so in love with a player, but if he goes to another team, they boo him. This is the same human being in a different shirt; they hate him now. Boo! Different shirt! Boo!

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