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Michael Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is widely accepted as the greatest basketball player of all time. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls. Throughout his career, he won many awards.

Michael was named as one of the 50 greatest players of all time by NBA in 1996.

Here are the 28 most inspiring Michael Jordan quotes:

28 Michael Jordan Quotes

1. “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

2. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” –  Michael Jordan

3. “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

4. “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

5. “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

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

7. “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

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

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

10. “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

11. “One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” –  Michael Jordan

12. “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

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

14. “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

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15. “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

16. “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

17. “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

18. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” –  Michael Jordan

19. “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

20. “I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.” –  Michael Jordan

21. “When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.” –  Michael Jordan

22. “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

23. “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

24. “Champions do not become champions when they win an event, but in the hours, weeks, and months, and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely a demonstration of their championship character.” –  Michael Jordan

25. “It is easy to choose a path of anonymity and lead an empty life. But to strive hard and lead an impactful life, one needs a burning desire to realize dreams.” –  Michael Jordan

26. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” –  Michael Jordan

27. “I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and perseverance with a positive attitude.” –  Michael Jordan

28. “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

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