Michael Jordan Quotes

Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player that ever lived.

He led his Chicago Bulls team to 6 championships, and a legacy that will never be forgotten.

His Air Jordan brand of shoes and clothing have also made him a very successful entrepreneur as well.

Here are some of his best quotes:

  • “I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot…and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why… I succeed.”
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
  • “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
  • “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”
  • “I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.”
  • “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.”
  • “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

  • “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
  • “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
  • “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”
  • “My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”
  • “There is no “i” in team but there is in win.”
  • “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . . . Failure always made me try harder next time.”
  • “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’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.”
  • “I never thought a role model should be negative.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
  • “Even when I’m old and gray, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.”
  • “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
  • “I’ve never been afraid to fail.”

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

*Here is the main basketball quotes page.

Do You Know Any Other Inspirational Basketball Quotes by Michael Jordan?

If you know any other motivational basketball quotes by Michael Jordan, please post them in the comments section below, and I’ll add them to the list.

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5 Responses to “Michael Jordan Quotes”

  1. keren ramirez Says:

    just do it


  2. emily becker Says:



  3. Dalton McClaskey Says:


    “I do my best to win and when I make mistakes I put those away and learn from my mistakes and work harder to reach my goals and win CHAMPIONSHIPS!”


  4. Annemie Friis Says:

    Michael Jordan, you’re the best.. theres no one like you <3<3<3


  5. Augusta Says:

    Hard work beats talent, when talent does’t work hard!!!!


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