175 Racing Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of racing quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about street racing.

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Top 10 Racing Quotes (BEST)

  1. Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy. — Thurgood Marshall
  2. A country's greatness lies in its undying ideals of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race. — Sarojini Naidu
  3. A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the Earth And every man is free. — Langston Hughes
  4. I believe there is only one race - the human race. — Rosa Parks
  5. God gave you your own race to run, stop comparing yourself to other people. They have their race and you have yours. Run hard and don't quit. — LeCrae
  6. We can't let people drive wedges between us... because there's only one human race. — Dolores Huerta
  7. To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships. — W. E. B. Du Bois
  8. The real purpose of running isn't to win a race, it's to test the limits of the human heart. — Bill Bowerman
  9. We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. — Kofi Annan
  10. The simple act of opening a bottle of wine has brought more happiness to the human race than all the collective governments in the history of earth — Jim Harrison

The Most Famous Racing Quotes

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Once you've raced, you never forget it...and you never get over it. — Richard Childress

Racing, competing, it's in my blood. It's part of me, it's part of my life; I have been doing it all my life and it stands out above everything else. — Ayrton Senna

I've tried everything other than jumping out of a plane, but nothing gives you an adrenaline rush like racing a car. — Nigel Mansell

In racing, I wanted to be a winner and to be a winner, you have to be willing to roll the dice. — Bobby Rahal

The racing driver's mind has to have the ability to have amazing anticipation, coordination, and reflex. Because of the speed the car goes. — Emerson Fittipaldi

There is no doubt about precisely when folks began racing each other in automobiles. It was the day they built the second automobile. — Richard Petty

Since I started in motor racing I've worked with people from all over the world. We are all here to go racing and prejudice will never play any part in that. — Kimi Raikkonen

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To hell with safety. All I want to do is race. — James Hunt

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A race track is a place where windows clean people. — Danny Thomas

I race historic muscle cars back in Australia, and that's my hobby. And I try to race home as soon as I've finished a movie but don't tell anyone. — Eric Bana

Short Racing Quotes

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  • The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race. — Bob Marley
  • I've been in motorsport my whole life since I was eight years of age. — Nigel Mansell
  • Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become beautiful when they win. — Enzo Ferrari
  • Racing drivers have balls, unfortunantly, none of them are crystal — David Coulthard
  • I race to win. If I am on the bike or in a car it will always be the same. — Valentino Rossi
  • You won't catch me driving a race car that I have built. — Colin Chapman
  • When you are fitted in a racing car and you race to win, second or third place is not enough. — Ayrton Senna
  • I love swimming because racing. — Ryan Lochte
  • Racing is dangerous, but I've been in a lot worse situations as a pipe fitter. — Neil Bonnett
  • From the time I was six years old, I wanted to be a BMX Racer and be the best. — Donny Robinson

Racing Image Quotes

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Racing quote by Robert Sobukwe

There is only one race, the human race. — Robert Sobukwe

Racing quote by Colin McRae

Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers. — Colin McRae

Racing quote by Antonin Scalia

In the eyes of government we are just one race here. It is American. — Antonin Scalia

Racing quote by Hunter S. Thompson

Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing. — Hunter S. Thompson

Racing quote by Lily Tomlin

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. — Lily Tomlin

Racing quote by Eric Liddell

And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. — Eric Liddell

Racing quote by Augustus

Behold them, conquerors of the world, the toga-clad race of Romans! — Augustus

Racing quote by Henri Poincare

Point set topology is a disease from which the human race will soon recover. — Henri Poincare

Racing quote by Dan Rather

This race is hotter than a Times Square Rolex. — Dan Rather

Racing quote by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Racing quote by Soichiro Honda

If Honda does not race, there is no Honda. — Soichiro Honda

Racing quote by H. G. Wells

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. — H. G. Wells

Racing quote by Karl Marx

The Jews of Poland are the smeariest of all races. — Karl Marx

Racing quote by Carroll Shelby

Horsepower sells cars, torque wins races — Carroll Shelby

Racing quote by John Foster Dulles

If you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost. — John Foster Dulles

Racing quote by Austin Peck

Just put one foot in front of the other. — Austin Peck

Racing quote by Dan Quayle

It's time for the human race to enter the solar system. — Dan Quayle

Racing quote by Colin Chapman

You won't catch me driving a race car that I have built. — Colin Chapman

Racing quote by Mark Twain

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. — Mark Twain

Racing quote by Don Garlits

Alcohol is for drinking, gas is for cleaning parts, and nitro is for racing! — Don Garlits

Racing quote Running away from your problems is a race you'll never win.
Running away from your problems is a race you'll never win.

Drag Racing Quotes

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Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports... all the others are games. — Ernest Hemingway

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Alcohol is for drinking, gas is for cleaning parts, and nitro is for racing! — Don Garlits

Everything was fine until I left and then I ran out of talent! — Don Garlits

Racing quote The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.

It is a love/hate relationship I have with the human race. I am an elitist, and I feel that my responsibility is to drag the human race along with me, that I will never pander to, or speak down to, or play the safe game. — Harlan Ellison

If at first you don't succeed, then drag racing isn't for you. — Christopher Titus

I think what I create is serious fashion, but I don't want to keep my focus on that. You have to look at a lot of different things. I mean, people are always surprised when they find out that my favorite show is RuPaul's Drag Race. — Jason Wu

Racing quote Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.
Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.

If horse racing is the sport of kings, then drag racing must be the sport of queens. — Bert Sugar

If CART continues on, it's just going to drag all of open-wheel racing down. — Michael Andretti

The best thing about the Kentucky Derby is that it is only two minutes long. It is the quickest event in sports, except for Sumo-wrestling & Mike Tyson fights. Maybe Drag-racing is quicker, but I have never been attracted to it. — Hunter S. Thompson

We encrypt 'Drag Race' with the secret language that kept gay people linked for many years before the '80s. — RuPaul

Street Racing Quotes

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Even when black youth gangs target white strangers on the streets and spew out racial hatred as they batter them and rob them, mayors, police chiefs and the media tiptoe around their racism and many in the media either don't cover these stories or leave out the race and racism involved. — Thomas Sowell

It's neither our culture nor our race which interconnects us. It's Street Photography. — Thomas Leuthard

I was always doing something physical. My brothers and I used to have handstand contests. We'd walk around the projects on our hands and see who could get the farthest. I was always playing football with them, basketball or racing in the street. — Florence Griffith Joyner

Racing quote If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.

Surfers are members of a different race of people from the man in the street — Nat Young

Do I race motorcycles? I do. I use the word 'race' because, I admit, what I do on a motocross bike is different than riding a Harley down the street. — Jeff Kent

If we fail to provide boys with pro-social models of the transition to adulthood, they may construct their own. In some cases, gang initiation rituals, street racing, and random violence may be the result. — Leonard Sax

We think of Shots Fired as almost an autopsy of Ferguson that shows the events from every street in the house. And, in dealing with these two murders of a black victim and a white victim, we show the ways that communities and the media deal with victims differently based on race. — Gina Prince-Bythewood

Mary Keitany from Kenya won the women's race at the New York City Marathon. You can tell she was fast because guys on the street didn't even have time to finish their catcalls. — David Letterman

It's very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race. — Maya Angelou

I love F1, the cars and the speed. I love the race in Monaco for example, because there's such a special atmosphere on the streets and also, the race is very technical. I'm a big racing fan in general, so I'd love to try the cars. — Michel Salgado

Car Racing Quotes

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Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers. — Colin McRae

What's behind you doesn't matter. — Enzo Ferrari

Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you. — Jeremy Clarkson

The winner ain't the one with the fastest car. It's the one who refuses to lose. — Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

The perfect racing car crosses the finish line first and subsequently falls into its component parts. — Ferdinand Porsche

It is not always possible to be the best, but it is always possible to improve your own performance. — Jackie Stewart

Driving fast on the track does not scare me. What scares me is when I drive on the highway I get passed by some idiot who thinks he is Fangio. — Juan Manuel Fangio

If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower. — Mark Donohue

Race is only relevant when it will heighten racial tensions, so ABC doesn’t mention that the driver was black. They do, however, give you the critical detail that it was a luxury car. — Dave Smith

If I wanted to learn how to race a speed car, I'm not going to go and race with Formula One drivers. I'm going to go to a beginner's class. — Jay Shetty

Auto Racing Quotes

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As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. — Ayrton Senna

There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games. — Ernest Hemingway

As far as cheating goes, they'll never stop it. The only way it can be done successfully, only one person can know about it. — Smokey Yunick

If you're in control, you're not going fast enough. — Parnelli Jones

It is amazing how many drivers, even at the Formula One Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down. — Mario Andretti

When I look fast, I'm not smooth and I am going slowly. And when I look slow, I am smooth and going fast. — Alain Prost

Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built. — Henry Ford

Winning is everything. The only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog. — Damon Hill

Turbochargers are for people who cant build engines. — Keith Duckworth

Faster, Faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death. — Hunter S. Thompson

Racing Driver Quotes

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If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver. — Ayrton Senna

You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood. — Ayrton Senna

The best classroom of all times was about two car lengths behind Juan Manuel Fangio. — Stirling Moss

The era of gentleman racing drivers is ended. — Enzo Ferrari

I wish they would pass a law where all Democrats and Republicans had to wear NASCAR racing suits, because if you look at the NASCAR drivers, it tells who their sponsors are. And if they do that, we could then become informed voters, because we would know who owns them. — Jesse Ventura

I think fear is what keeps us from going over the edge. I mean, as a race car driver, I don't think what makes a good race car driver is a fearless person. I think it's somebody that is comfortable being behind the wheel of something that's somewhat out of control. — Jeff Gordon

Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than others. — Ayrton Senna

I am a racer. I'm not a race car driver. I am a racer. I race. That's what I do. I don't go on vacations. I don't take my family on vacations because I don't have a family. My family is the racing family. — Tony Stewart

Ukyo Katayama is undoubtedly the best Formula One driver that Grand Prix racing has ever produced — Murray Walker

If you don't cheat, you look like an idiot; if you cheat and don't get caught, you look like a hero; if you cheat and get caught, you look like a dope. Put me where I belong. — Darrell Waltrip

Motor Racing Quotes

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Mansell can see him in his earphone. — Murray Walker

Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nigel Mansell is the last person in the race apart from the five in front of him — Murray Walker

Your luck goes up and down like swings and roundabouts — James Hunt

Motor racing can never be totally safe and it never should be in my opinion. — Murray Walker

I believe if you are doing something like competing, like motor racing, you either do well or forget it. — Ayrton Senna

Jenson Button is in the top ten, in eleventh position. — Murray Walker

Money is how we keep the score in motor racing nowadays. — Colin Chapman

With two laps to go then the action will begin, unless this is the action, which it is. — Murray Walker

And the first five places are filled by five different cars. — Murray Walker

Horse Racing Quotes

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The thing I notice first about a woman is her walk. A beautiful woman is like a race horse-slim, sleek and with a beautiful carriage. — Dean Martin

The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race. — Gough Whitlam

I have to think that I think it's always been a horse race between this administration's temporary political acumen and their completely, utterly, totally bankrupt policies. And they're coming home to roost. It was always a question of time. These guys aren't conservative. These guys are radicals. — Bradley Whitford

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business. — John Steinbeck

Large increases in cost with questionable increases in performance can be tolerated only in race horses and fancy women. — Lord Kelvin

A good jockey doesn't need orders and a bad jockey couldn't carry them out anyway; so it's best not to give them any. — Lester Piggott

There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse. — Robert Smith Surtees

The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump. — Jose Mourinho

A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character. — Federico Tesio

Never think of your car as a cold machine, but as a hot-blooded horse. — Juan Manuel Fangio

Heart Racing Quotes

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I feel 100% a Yamaha rider in my heart. I had a long career and raced with several factory bikes, but the highlight of my career is undoubtedly with Yamaha. — Valentino Rossi

There's a race of men that don't fit in, A race that can't sit still; So they break the hearts of kith and kin, And they roam the world at will. They range the field and rove the flood, And they climb the mountain's crest; Their's is the curse of the gypsy blood, And they don't know how to rest. — Robert W. Service

The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The vast majority of the race whether savage or civilized, are secretly kind at heart and shrink from inflicting pain, but in the presence of the aggressive and pitiless minority they don't dare to assert themselves. — Mark Twain

Why is your heart racing Tris? — Veronica Roth

If you desire with all your heart, friendship with every race on earth, your thought, spiritual and positive, will spread; it will become the desire of others, growing stronger and stronger, until it reaches the minds of all men. — Abdu'l-Bahá

Rowing is an absurdly simple sport. I can easily guide a beginner throught the right technical motions. The difficulty arises when the beginner attempts to repeat those motions on a bumpy race course, at 40 strokes a minute, with his heart rate zooming, and an opponent charging up his stern. — Brad Alan Lewis

One who is a slaveholder at heart never recognizes a human being in a slave. — Angelina Grimke

When Black and White are colors and not races, people will still fall in love and discriminate between partners and feel sad and bad and need art that breaks your heart and takes you to those places where pain becomes beauty. — Marlene Dumas

He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it. — Herman Melville

Bike Racing Quotes

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I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs......When I was on drugs I couldn't even find my bike. — Willie Nelson

There are no races. Only lotteries. — Jacques Anquetil

For 50 years bike racers have been taking stimulants. Obviously we can do without them in a race, but then we will pedal 15 miles an hour (instead of 25). Since we are constantly asked to go faster and to make even greater efforts, we are obliged to take stimulants — Jacques Anquetil

I am still here because I like to prove myself. I still like to ride the bike on track and enjoy the races. I still have good reasons to be in racing after so many years. — Valentino Rossi

You don't suffer, kill yourself and take the risks I take just for money. I love bike racing. — Greg LeMond

We have the 2004 M1 here for reference, which is useful. It worked well here last year; we won the race and always did fast lap times so it will be interesting to compare it to the new bike and it will help us to understand which parts have improved. — Valentino Rossi

I told myself I would never stop skating. I would never stop riding bikes or riding motorcycles. I raced dirt when I was a kid; motocross. So it definitely keeps me in tune with my youth. I'm almost 40 years old and I feel like I'm 17 years old, and I feel like that's really healthy. — Matt Skiba

Also, when I started racing he knew a lot of people and it was more easy for me to find the first bike, so I have a good chance for sure. — Valentino Rossi

Second place is the first loser. — Dennis Anderson

I grew up playing everything from rugby, football, baseball, volleyball, bike races and boxing. I tried martial arts, loved to ride horses and I'm the youngest of three brothers, so it was a fiercely competitive family. — Barry Pepper

Race Car Quotes

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Horsepower sells cars, torque wins races — Carroll Shelby

The older I get, the faster I was. — Charles Barkley

If you don't come walking back to the pits every once in a while holding a steering wheel in your hands, you're not trying hard enough — Mario Andretti

Oh yes. It's not when you brake but when you take them off that counts. Most people don't understand that. — Jackie Stewart

I would have probably stolen cars - it would have given me the same adrenaline rush as racing. — Valentino Rossi

Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track, and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey, and you go to jail. — Junior Johnson

I have, in fact, no interest in life outside racing cars. — Enzo Ferrari

It's basically the same, just darker. — Alan Kulwicki

It's like flying jet fighters in a gymnasium — Dick Trickle

We broke something, I think it was traction. — Carl Edwards

People Writing About Racing

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More Racing Quotes

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Racing quote by Giancarlo Esposito

I came from a divorced mother and father, obviously mixed race. — Giancarlo Esposito

Racing quote by Johnny Weissmuller

I never lost a freestyle race. Never. Not even in the YMCA. — Johnny Weissmuller

Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests. — David Duke

Race? It is a feeling, not a reality. Ninety-five per cent, at least. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today.... National pride has no need of the delirium of race. — Benito Mussolini

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation. — John Calvin

When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when antiracism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other and both interests lose. — Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

If we would learn what the human race really is at bottom, we need only observe it in election times. — Mark Twain

We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help free the other half. — Emmeline Pankhurst

There is a certain class of race problem-solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public. — Booker T. Washington

I am not satisfied in making money for myself. I endeavor to provide employment for hundreds of the women of my race. — Madam C. J. Walker

Africa is still lying ready for us it is our duty to take it. It is our duty to seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory and we should keep this one idea steadily before our eyes that more territory simply means more of the Anglo-Saxon race more of the best the most human, most honorable race the world possesses. — Cecil Rhodes

Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child. Earlier is not better. — Magda Gerber

Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe. — Elie Wiesel

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