A Collection Of Rowing Quotes


Dragon Boat

  • “Rowers do more before 8am than most people do all day.”
  • “Real athletes row. Everyone else just plays games.”
  • “The oars gave me power, but also taught me humility.”
  • “Winning medals is good, racing is better, loving the sport is best!”
  • “Glory is in the team not the individual.” – Sean Sullivan
  • “To increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”
  • “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.”
  • “The pain in your legs is a hell of a long way from your heart.”
  • “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but by the attitude we bring to life.”
  • “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.”
  • “For the rest of your life, you will always be able to say I was a member of a very special team whose whole was greater than the sum of its parts, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”
  • “I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.”
  • “All your life you are told the things you cannot do; all your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough; they will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. They will tell you no, a thousand times no, until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no quite firmly and very quickly. But you will tell them yes.”
  • “There is no strength without unity.”
  • “The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.”
  • “A coach is someone who always makes you do what you don’t want to do so you can be who you’ve always wanted to be.”

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jane Steel

    How true

  2. Paul Ipolito

    Please allow me to share what I have learned over the past two years- “Do your best to not interfere with the oars and the boat. The oars and the boat know more than you ever will”

  3. Rohan Jolly

    “Real athletes row. Everyone else just plays games.”

    Anyone who has gone through the rigors of rowing knows the value of what it teaches you. Rowing crew should be promoted more through the education system to create graduates that truly understand what working life is all about.

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