Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.
There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do - and I believe that.
During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at-bats a season. That means I played 7 years without ever hitting the ball.
Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead.
I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.
It's a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.
How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.
Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection.
There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
When I played ball, I didn't play for fun. . . . It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.
The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
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