Top 100 Michael Jordan Quotes

Michael Jordan Quotes

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
– Michael Jordan

The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.
Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
Michael Jordan

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
– Michael Jordan

The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.
Michael Jordan

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
– Michael Jordan

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Michael Jordan

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
Michael Jordan

“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the cosequences you always think of negative result.”
– Michael Jordan

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”
– Michael Jordan

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
– Michael Jordan

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
Michael Jordan

My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.
Michael Jordan

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”
– Michael Jordan

“If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit.Never quit!!!”
– Michael Jordan

“Make It Happen”
– Michael Jordan

“If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit.Never quit!!!”
– Michael Jordan

I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above the players.
Michael Jordan

In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.
Michael Jordan

“To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.”
– Michael Jordan

“Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.”
– Michael Jordan,

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
– Michael Jordan

“Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.”
– Michael Jordan

“I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time.”
– Michael Jordan,

“Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.”
– Michael Jordan

It’s a heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can and provide entertainment for everyone who wanted to watch basketball. Obviously, people may not agree with that; again, I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.
Michael Jordan

We all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.
Michael Jordan

Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.
Michael Jordan

You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.
Michael Jordan

I want to be the bridge to the next generation.
Michael Jordan

“The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”
– Michael Jordan

Ultimately, if you can say that I’m a bad owner and we’re winning championships, I can live with that. But if we’re not making the playoffs and we’re spending and losing money, then I have to look in the mirror and say maybe I’m not taking the necessary steps to doing what it takes to run an organization.
Michael Jordan

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“If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.”
– Michael Jordan

“I realize im black, but id like to be viewed as a person, and that is everybodys wish.”
– Michael Jordan

“Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ball park.”
– Michael Jordan,

For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you have accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball.
Michael Jordan

My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect.
Michael Jordan

There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.
Michael Jordan

“As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.”
– Michael Jordan

When I was playing before I retired, I never really understood the appreciation and the respect that people gave me. People had treated me like a god or something, and that was very embarrassing.
Michael Jordan

Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I’ve done? No.
Michael Jordan

I won’t have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can’t see being competitive in sports any more.
Michael Jordan

“The basketball court for me, during a game, is the most peaceful place I can imagine. On the basketball court, I worry about nothing. When I’m out there, no one can bother me…”
– Michael Jordan

“There is no “I” in team but there is in win.”
– Michael Jordan

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life… and that is why I succeed”
– Michael Jordan

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game.”
– Michael Jordan

“I failed so therefore I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan

“Every time I feel tired while I am exercising and training, I close my eyes to see that picture, to see that list with my name. This usually motivates me to work again.”
– Michael Jordan

“Even when I’m old and grey, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.”
– Michael Jordan

“I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”
– Michael Jordan

It’s hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it’s definitely impacted the league.
Michael Jordan

I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.
Michael Jordan

I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.
Michael Jordan

I do not have a problem, I enjoy gambling, but I think people are trying to make it seem like I have a problem, because people really don’t know.
Michael Jordan

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.”
– Michael Jordan

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
– Michael Jordan

“The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.”

It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren’t in the room.
Michael Jordan

“There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
-Michael Jordan

“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . Failure always made me try harder next time”
-Michael Jordan

“People ask me if I could fly, I said, “yeah…. for a little while”
-Michael Jordan

“It’s heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody . . . My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can, … People may not agree with that . . . I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.”
-Michael Jordan

“[The city told him it was not their responsibility] even though it’s their property, … They said, if you want it done, do it yourself.”
-Michael Jordan

“But my drive to win is so great … I just step over that line. … It’s very embarrassing, … one of the things you totally regret. So you look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘I was stupid.”
-Michael Jordan

“[Jordan, 42, said he could still make a contribution to an NBA team.] Even though, physically, I can’t do it, the mind says, ‘Yeah, I can still do it,’ and I still think I can do it better than most in the NBA, … Driven From Within.”
-Michael Jordan

“The good part about being famous is being able to help people. The hard part is every day you have to be in a good mood, because that is what people expect. You learn to get good at it.”
-Michael Jordan

I want to play for years.
Michael Jordan

“Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.”
-Michael Jordan

“The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”
― Michael Jordan

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