50 Inspirational Quotes for Cheerleaders

Sometimes it’s challenging to find the right words to motivate and inspire your students. These 50 inspirational cheerleading quotes will help you when you can’t find the right words. Display these in your studio, add them to your next pep talk, or use them in your social media captions. 

Quotes about improvement

Here are some of our favorite inspirational quotes about improvement.

“It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were yesterday.” 

“Practice creates confidence. Confidence empowers you.” – Simone Biles

“You can’t always be the best. You have to remember that everyone makes mistakes sometimes.” – Aly Raisman

“You make your own luck. You make it in training.” – Simone Biles

“Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them.” – Mia Hamm

Quotes about mental toughness

Here are some of our favorite inspirational quotes about mental toughness.

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” 

“If you ever feel like giving up, just remember there’s a little girl watch who wants to be just like you. Don’t disappoint her.”

“Once you give them the power to tell you you’re great, you’ve also given them the power to tell you you’re unworthy. Once you start caring about people’s opinions of you, you give up control.” – Ronda Rousey

“The harder you push yourself when no one is looking, the easier it will be when they are.”

“Overpower. Overtake. Overcome.” – Serena Williams

“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.” – Simone Biles

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” ―  Peace Pilgrim

“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability; it was my mental ability.” – Bruce Jenner

“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.” – Michael Phelps

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Fred Devito

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” ― Julie Andrews

“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles

“If you care about the people you work with then you work harder.” – Kristine Lilly

“You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!” – Aly Raisman

“You can’t cry when things get a little bit hard. You’ve just got to push through and know that there’s a reason and end to the means.” — Abby Wambach

Quotes about winning

Here are some of our favorite inspirational quotes about goals and winning.

“The coach can make you practice, the crowd can cheer you on, but only the desire for success can make you a champion.”

“A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever.” – Mary Lou Retton

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele

“You control your own wins and losses.” – Maria Sharapova

“The ultimate goal should be doing your best and enjoying it.” – Peggy Fleming

“You never know if you can actually do something against all odds until you actually do it.” – Abby Wambach

“Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent.” – Venus Williams

“There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one.” – Mia Hamm

“The only person who can stop you from reaching your goals is you.” – Jackie Joyner Kersee

“Without goals, training has no direction.” – Natalie Coughlin

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

Quotes about cheer

Here are some of our favorite inspirational quotes about cheer and the power of positivity.

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” ― Hellen Keller

“The man who radiates good cheer, who makes life happier wherever he meets it, is always a man of vision and faith.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ― Mark Twain

“You have to be positive, and I’m not just talking about athletics, this also applies to life.” – Sheryl Swoopes

“Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.” ― James Russell Lowell

“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ― Thomas Hughes

“Good cheer is no hindrance to a good life.” ― Aristippus

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” ―  William Hazlitt

Other cheerleading quotes and sayings

Here are some additional fun cheerleading quotes that would go great on t-shirts or swag.

“Football players lift weights, cheerleaders lift athletes.”

“A good cheerleader is not measured by the height of her jumps but by the span of her spirit.” 

“Don’t let the pretty bow fool you. I am a beast!”

“When in doubt, cheer your heart out.”

“Athlete by nature, cheerleader by choice.”

“It’s not what you take, but what you leave behind that defines greatness.”

“You earn your trophies at practice, you pick them up at competitions.”

“Cheerleading is a team sport everyone has to work hard to get 1st place. People say it ain’t a sport but we work just as hard as any other sport. Cheerleaders are the best!” ― Blondie

“I am my own cheerleader. I am the one who puts my goals, who pushes myself to get to the next goal. I don’t have someone next to me saying, ‘Here you go, now do this, it’s your next step, go for it.'” ― Reem Acra

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