75 Insightful Competition Quotes Help You Survive From Competition

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We all are aware of the human tendency of striving to gain or win something by defeating others and establishing our superiority over them. This rivalry might be for fame, awards, sports, recognition, leadership, money or anything. While the debate is still going on about whether such contest between people is healthy or not, well-known and eminent leaders and men from all around the world agree that competition is a part of life and no one can avoid it. Whether you are striving hard to get good grades than others, or getting a promotion at your job, these competition quotes will come handy and evoke positive thoughts in you. Take a look.

Competition Quotes:

1.“Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.” – Nancy Pearcey

2. “A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition.” – James Cash Penne

3.“If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After a while you’ll see your rivals scrambling for second place.” – Criss Jami

4.“Having no competition is a bad thing. Competition makes you try to improve yourself all the time.” – Shu Qi

5.“The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.” – Washington Allston

6.“Competition is a rude yet effective motivation.” – Toba Beta

7.“The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.” – Colin Powell

8.“If you’re able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.” – Barbara Cook

9.“Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good someone else.” – William Saroyan

10.“Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.” – James Altucher

11. “And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.” – Andrew Carnegie

12.”Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs.” – Henry Ford

13.“When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget it is a competition.” – Katarina Witt

14.“There is no competition of sounds between a nightingale and a violin.” – Dejan Stojanovic

15. “Believing that your competition is stronger and better than you pushes you to better yourselves.” – Simon Sinek

16.“Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.” – Gil Atkinson

17. “Be thankful for quality competitors who push you to your limit.” – Michael Josephson

18.“When healthy competition prevails — you come out to play and you play to win.”- Lorii Myers

19. “The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.”  – Howard Cosell

20.”No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.” – Bonnie Blair

21.“That person staring back at you when you look in the mirror… that’s your competition.” – Clyde Lee Dennis

22.“I kinda see everyone as competition. I’m a very competitive person. But I think that’s good. Competition is great. And as long as it’s friendly and not malicious things, then I think it’s cool.” – Janet Jackson

23. “Whenever I may be tempted to slack up and let the business run for a while on its own impetus, I picture my competitor sitting at a desk in his opposition house, thinking and thinking with the most devilish intensity and clearness, and I ask myself what I can do to be prepared for his next brilliant move.” – H. Gordon Selfridge

24.“Competition whose motive is merely to compete, to drive some other fellow out, never carries very far. The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time. Businesses that grow by development and improvement do not die. But when a business ceases to be creative, when it believes it has reached perfection and needs to do nothing but produce-no improvement, no development-it is done.” – Henry Ford

25. “I look at sport and competition as something that has been personally enormously beneficial to me. It’s helped me create life skills. And if we carry ourselves with grace and dignity and try our best — even when we fall on our faces, as will happen sometimes — then I think people will see that. And that will be the message of sport and the Olympics.” – Joey Cheek

26. “I also think we live in a competitive world, and I love competition.” – Arsene Wenger

27.”I’m not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.” – Celine Dion

28.”When it comes down to competition, it’s not always about the best skater, it’s about who skates the best in that competition.” – Gracie Gold

29.“There’s always competition in the world, but you don’t have to be enemies. You can empower each other.” – Justine Skye

30.“I live for competition. It makes my life complete.” – Hope Solo

31.“I love to compete. That’s the essence of who I am.” – Tiger Woods

32.“Competition is a by-product of productive work, not its goal. A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

33.“When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.” – Nicki Mingi

34.“You can’t look at the competition and say you’re going to do it better. You have to look at the competition and say you’re going to do it differently.” – Steve Jobs

35.“I don’t like the idea of competition – maybe because I kept losing them when I was a kid. Maybe it’s better to be the one who loses?” – Michel Gondry

36.“The biggest competition is myself. I am not looking to follow others or pull them down. I’m planning to test my own boundaries.” – Rain

37.“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.” – Elbert Hubbard

38.“Competitive toughness is an acquired skill and not an inherited gift.” – Chris Evert

39. “I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.” – Walt Disney

40.“I’m an ambitious person. I never consider myself in competition with anyone, and I’m not saying that from an arrogant standpoint, it’s just that my journey started so, so long ago, and I’m still on it and I won’t stand still.” – Idris Elba

41.“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi

42.“It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better. . .” – Gianni Versace

43. “When you compete with someone as good or better than you, you may not always win, but you never lose.” – Michael Josephson

44.“Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.” – Baltasar Gracián

45.”Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.” – David Sarnoff

46.”I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone, but the whole vibe with skiing is not so much thriving on competition against others as it is against myself and the clock.” – Picabo Street, American Gold Medal Skier

47.“Everything is a contest. All dealings among men are a contest in which some will succeed and others fail. And some are failing quite spectacularly.” – Brandon Sanderson

48.“Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you’ll be sick.” – George Leonard

49.“Thou shalt not covet, but tradition, Approves all forms of competition.” – Arthur Hugh Clough

50.“Competition is for dogs and horses.” – Geri Halliwell

51.“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

52. “When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Moreover, the competition with ourselves leaves unimpaired our benevolence toward our fellow men.” – Eric Hoffer

53.”Competition helps people figure it out.” – Brian McBride

54.“As a father, I believe that involving children in sports at a young age is generally, a wise proposition. I believe that healthy competition is… well… healthy; that sporting events foster a spirit of teamwork that far surpasses the events themselves; and that active participation keeps children moving and is good for their self-esteem.” – Naveen Jain

55.”Just as predatory animals follow a similar general design and behave in similar ways, so organizations, especially those in competition with one another, must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.” – Robert Shea

56.“Competition, which is said to be “the life of trade,” when pushed too far, is no less the death of it–and of the soul.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

57.“Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind.” – Willard Beeche

58.“Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people.Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.” – Gil Atkinson Nido Qubein

59.“Competition is what keeps me playing the psychological warfare of matching skill against skill and wit against wit.” – Lou Brock

60.“Competition gives me energy. It keeps me focused.” – Conor McGregor

61.“As Darwin discovered, competition is important for the survival of our species. It may not be the competition with others but the competition within ourselves.” – Debasish Mridha

62.“There’s competition at every phase of your life. The day we start thinking about it, you lose your peace of mind. I don’t compete with anyone.” – Rakul Preet Singh

63.“While their competition is asleep, world-class leaders are up – and they’re not watching the news or reading the paper. They are thinking, planning and practicing.” – Robin S. Sharma

64.“Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.” – Henry J. Kaiser

65.“Every child should try everything: sport, music, art, mathematics; they can do it all. Copying and competition are now seen as twin evils, but they are both useful tools.” – Tony Buzan

66.“The reason why men who mind their own business succeed is that they have so little competition.” – Evan Esar

67.“I feel sorry for those who live without competition … fat, dumb, and unhappy in cradle-to-grave security.” – Donald M. Kendall

68.“What is excellence? It is about going a little beyond what we expect from ourselves. Part of the need for excellence is imposed on us externally by our customers. Our competition keeps us on our toes, especially when it is global in nature.” – Azim Premji

69.“The toughest competition is competing with yourself – to try to be better than what you have performed or achieved.” – Dr T.P.Chia

70.“No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.” – Bonnie Blair

71.“The only person worth competing with is yourself. Work to be a better version of you, not a better version of someone else.” – Avina Celeste

72.“Competition is in the genes of all living things. Watch a flower compete for its share of sunlight or watch the goldfish in your aquarium. Infants and small children compete without knowing it. Remember how the queen bee wins? Competition is the spice of life and the soul of progress. How else can quality rise to the top?” – Charles T. Clark

73.“A competitive person is always a winner. An uncompetitive person is always a loser.” – Dr T.P.Chia

74.“It is in vain for us to devise schemes by which competition can be put out of civilized life. Competition is the condition of life.” – Lyman Abbott

75.“Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named ‘ fair competition ‘ and so forth, it is a mutual hostility.” – Thomas Carlyle

While there are so many different viewpoints about competition, we have to agree that competition is woven into our society and culture. The world is turning into a big competitive place and we have no choice but to put our best feet forward if we want to thrive. We hope that these fantastic competition quotes from the successful people will lend you a unique insight and inspire you to compete with others in a healthy way for your self-development.


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