Competition quotes

A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be reflected in arbitrary external relations. The suppression of public opinion, the abolition of public competition for power and its public exercise opens the way for the state power to arm itself in any way it sees fit. A state that does not hesitate to lie to its own people will not hesitate to lie to other states.

- Havel, Vaclav

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.

- Crist, Reggie

Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals.

- Sheen, Fulton John

I'm interested in the capitalistic way of life, and the reason I like it better than anything else I've seen so far is because competition produces results. Every socialistic type of government where the State theoretically owns everything, and everybody does their little part to help the State, inevitably produces bad art, it produces social inertia, it produces really unhappy people, and it is more repressive than any other kind of government.

- Frank Zappa

The professional celebrity, male and female, is the crowning result of the star system of a society that makes a fetish of competition. In America, this system is carried to the point where a man who can knock a small white ball into a series of holes in the ground with more efficiency than anyone else thereby gains social access to the President of the United States.

- Mills, C. Wright

When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important.

- Shoemaker, Willie

If you have to remind yourself to concentrate during competition, you've got no chance to concentrate.

- Nichols, Bobby

I believe in courtesy, in kindness, in generosity, in good cheer, in friendship and in honest competition. I believe there is something doing somewhere, for every man ready to do it. I believe I'm ready, RIGHT NOW.

- Elbert Hubbard

How can they beat me? I've been struck by lightning, had two back operations, and been divorced twice.

- Trevino, Lee

Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one.

- Bradley, Bill

No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

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

- Eisenhower, Dwight D.

We want to be first; not first if, not first but; but first!

- Kennedy, John F.

Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you'll be sick.

- Leonard, George

To free the mind from the habit of competition, we must see in detail the process by which the mind is ensnared by competition.

- Beecher, Marguerite

When you step onto that field, you cannot concede a thing.

- Sayers, Gayle

Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.

- Chamberlain, Wilt

Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.

- Field, Marshall

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.

- Sampras, Pete

The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.

- Geus, Arie de

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