Best Quotes about Competition
Thou shalt not covet; but tradition approves all forms of competition.
Clough, Arthur Hugh
When the game is over it is really just beginning.
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.
Cooley, Charles Horton
I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history.
I watch a man shoot pool for an hour. If he misses more than one shot I know I can beat him.
I ski to win. When the day comes that I can't get myself into a fighting mood anymore, I won't be able to win and I'll stop racing.
Competition is the whetstone of talent.
For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes -- not that you won or lost -- but how you played the Game.
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
Racing is a matter of spirit not strength.
I play [golf] with friends sometimes, but there are never friendly games.
My hat's in the ring. The fight is on and I'm stripped to the buff.
Show me a guy who is afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.
This is a tough game. There are times when you've got to play hurt, when you've got to block out the pain.
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.
So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.
One cannot play chess if one becomes aware of the pieces as living souls and of the fact that the Whites and the Blacks have more in common with each other than with the players. Suddenly one loses all interest in who will be champion.
Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.
When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn.
When you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.
To free the mind from the habit of competition, we must see in detail the process by which the mind is ensnared by competition.
After the game the King and pawn go into the same box.
I don't psyche myself up. I psyche myself down. I think clearer when I'm not psyched up.
It has meant a lot to me to challenge the best players in the world and to beat them. And it means a lot to me to be out here and fighting for the title and, you know, it hurts not to win it.
I consider myself one of a very small handful of drivers in the world that are top drivers. The best one? I don't think anybody can say they're the best one because, from one week to the next, you can be on form or off form a little bit.
You must play boldly to win.
Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.
The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.
Geus, Arie de
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.
The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away.
There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.
No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Running for money doesn't make you run fast. It makes you run first.
I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?
Once you're physically capable of winning a gold medal, the rest is ninety percent mental.
He can run but he can't hide.
The weakness of an enemy forms part of our own strength.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war.
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.
We have a lot of players in their first year. Some of them are also in their last year.
You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave -- win or lose.
How can we hope to remain economically competitive in a world in which... 90% of Dutch high-school students take advanced math courses and 100% of teachers in Germany have double majors, while the best we can say about our pocket of excellence is that 75% of [American] students have learned to critique tactfully?
Alexander, Barbara J.
Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind.
The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.
These are the days when it takes all you've got just to keep up with the losers.
You get out in front -- you stay out in front.
Foyt, A. J.
How can they beat me? I've been struck by lightning, had two back operations, and been divorced twice.
The Law of Win Win says, Let's not do it your way or my way; let's do it the best way.
In this game, by trying to win; you automatically lose.
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