quote by Manfred von Richthofen

Sometimes, however, the Gaelic blood asserts itself. The Frenchmen will then attack. But the French attacking spirit is like bottled lemonade. It lacks tenacity. The Englishmen, on the other hand, one notices that they are of Germanic blood. Sportsmen easily take to flying, and Englishmen see in flying nothing but a sport.

— Manfred von Richthofen

Unforgettable Sportsman quotations

Botox should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen.

Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?

I'm quite ignorant about fashion and I'm colourblind, so it's all a tad tricky.

My only knowledge of that world comes through Christopher Bailey, whom I first met in 2008 when I did a campaign for Burberry that featured musicians, artists, actors and sportsmen.

I've never pumped myself up or made myself angry as some sportsmen do.

I think that one should treat his opponent with great respect.

The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst.


You cannot allow your desire to be a winner to be diminished by achieving success before and I believe there is room for improvement in every sportsman.

You try to hide your emotions, so as not to show weaknesses to others.

I believe it's the same for every sportsman.

The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die.

I believe that a sportsman should be aggressive because that is what gives him or her the power to perform even in the toughest of situations.

A true sportsman is a hunter lost in the woods and out of ammo.


When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal.

When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.

The sportsman knows that a sport is a recreation, a game, an amusement and a pastime, but his eyes are fixed on a higher goal, on the most important thing in his life, which is his education or his vocation.

Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.

When you have an audience standing and screaming the entire way through the short program and cheering every element you do, whether it's footwork, or spin, or a jump, to have that kind of emotion coming at you from every direction in the building, it's the most amazing sensation you can get as a sportsman.

To be a good sportsman, one must be a stoic and never show rancor in defeat, or triumph in victory, or irritation, no matter what annoyance is encountered. One who can not help sulking, or explaining, or protesting when the loser, or exulting when the winner, has no right to take part in games or contests.


It's very challenging. The most important thing you need as a sportsman is to be clear on what you're actually doing.

If you're losing, just be a man, be a man and lose as a man.

Don't pretend that you are injured and then you start running around and start to hit winners, and then all of a sudden you pull the hands up in the air after winning the match. I mean, what kind of sportsman are you? What kind of man are you?

For many sportsmen, coming face to face with irrefutable evidence of their mortality is the moment they dread above all others.

What Tully said of war may be applied to disputing: "It should be always so managed as to remember that the only true end of it is peace." But generally true disputants are like true sportsmen,--their whole delight is in the pursuit; and the disputant no more cares for the truth than the sportsman for the hare.

As an international sportsman, I am very lucky to be supported by people all over the world, many of who treat me as one of their own, no matter what their nationality, or indeed mine. This is the way sport should be.


Any active sportsman has to be very focused;

you've got to be in the right frame of mind. If your energy is diverted in various directions, you do not achieve the results. I need to know when to switch on and switch off: and the rest of the things happen around that. Cricket is in the foreground, the rest is in the background.

I was a keen sportsman, and became school captain in soccer and cricket.

I am a sports enthusiast, and if given an opportunity, I want to be a sportsman, even today. I want to promote the sport that is indigenous to India. Kabaddi is a matter of national pride. Why can't cricket, hockey, football and kabaddi be given equal platforms and co-exist? I believe that can happen.

In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.

A clear enunciation of these rights needs to be enshrined in the constitution to guarantee that this basic right of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen shall not be infringed upon by anti-gun public officials.


As a sportsman, I accept being beaten.

Everybody tries to be a winner, but only one in a race will win. It's fun to win. But I don't find unhappiness if I lose.

In England, it's a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it's much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury.

As a youngster, I enjoyed sport and my ambition was to be a great sportsman.

When you are a professional sportsman all the guys are great competitors in the top 50.

Kids can have great passion and great ability but if you have the facilities for your particular sport that can give you the inspiration to become a sportsman.


Well, talking about Ethiopia is like talking about the whole continent.

A month ago we played against AIDS and famine. We also played in Dakar. It is not only the music which is playing an important role on this issue of problems affecting Africa, but the activities of doctors, sportsmen and journalists are also helping in various ways.

For hours, in fall days, I watched the ducks cunningly tack and veer and hold the middle of the pond, far from the sportsman;... but what beside safety they got by sailing in the middle of Walden I do not know, unless they love its water for the same reason that I do.

Any professional sportsman will tell you that you can work out in the gym as much as you like, but eating is the key. It's making sure that you eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and carbohydrates, such as pasta and rice, so that you're always refuelling. If you're going into games tired or your training tired, then there's a risk of injury.

Such are the mass of the supporters of either party.

They derive their political opinions originally from some family tradition or some fanciful preference, but they back them with all the passion of sportsmen. In a vague subconscious way they know it is a game, but they happen to enjoy playing the game.

It is only the inexperienced and thoughtless who find pleasure in killing fish for the mere sake of killing them. No sportsman does this.

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