60 of the Most Inspiring Tiger Woods Quotes

As a young golfer, Tiger Woods captured the American imagination and made us all dream bigger. He became an exceptional golfer. Like every human, he has made mistakes. He has not stopped being an inspiration, and now he has devoted his life to business and helping young people become the best they can be.

Tiger Woods Quotes

Here are 60 of the most thought-provoking Tiger Woods quotes.

  1. “Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter.”
  2. “The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today. And that’s how I look at my life. I will be a better golfer, I will be a better person, I will be a better father, I will be a better husband, I will be a better friend. That’s the beauty of tomorrow.”
  3. “If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?”
  4. “There’s no point in going to a tournament if you don’t believe that you can win it.”
  5. “I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for—getting paid for doing what you love.”
  6. “If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person’s life in a positive light, and that’s what I want to do. That’s what it’s all about.”
  7. “My instincts have never lied to me.”
  8. “Days when you just don’t have it, you don’t pack it in, you give it everything you’ve got. You grind it out.”
  9. “My will can move mountains.”
  10. “There’s always stuff to work on. You’re never there.”
  11. “You can always become better.”
  12. “Money and fame made me believe I was entitled. I was wrong and foolish.”
  13. “There are still courses in the United States that I am not allowed to play because of the color of my skin.”
  14. “Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.”
  15. “For many my behavior has been a major disappointment, my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners, and everyone involved in my business, but most importantly to the young people we influence, I apologize.”
  16. “In therapy I have learned the importance of keeping spiritual life and professional life balanced. I need to regain my balance.”
  17. “Don’t force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It’s the child’s desire to play that matters, not the parent’s desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.”
  18. “Well, you know, a lot of people look at the negative things, the things that they did wrong—which I do. But I like to stress on the things I did right, because there are certain things that I like to look at from a positive standpoint that are just positive reinforcement.”
  19. “I stopped living according to my core values. I knew what I was doing was wrong but thought only about myself and thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to.”
  20. “I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.”
  21. “You’ve got to stay patient, stay in the moment, and keep grinding. You never know what can happen.”
  22. “It’s ok to fail. Failing does not shape your personality; it’s how you react upon your failure. Do you dust yourself off and mope or do you dust yourself off and come back stronger the next time? Eventually you will win. It may not happen the next time, it may take a little time but you will win in the end.”
  23. “Winning is not always the barometer on getting better.”
  24. “I smile at obstacles.”
  25. “Never listen to other people’s expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations; those are the only things that I care about.”
  26. “Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.”
  27. “You have to look at the past in order to learn from it and move on.”
  28. “My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That’s why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works.”
  29. “All that really matters is I have two beautiful kids, and I’m trying to be the best dad I can possibly be, and that’s the most important thing of all.”
  30. “People don’t understand that when I was growing up, I was never the most talented and I was not the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s what has gotten me this far.”
  31. “Sensationalism sells: Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.”
  32. “I lost my ability to will things to happen.”
  33. “I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled, and thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.”
  34. “Golf is a great way for someone to learn discipline, responsibility, and sportsmanship.”
  35. “I did envisage being this successful as a player, but not all the hysteria around it off the golf course.”
  36. “The joy I get from winning a major championship doesn’t even compare to the feeling I get when a kid writes a letter saying: ‘Thank you so much. You have changed my life’.”
  37. “If you’re not nervous, it means you don’t care. I’ve always said that the day I’m not nervous playing is the day that I quit.”
  38. “There’s nothing wrong with having your goals really high and trying to achieve them. That’s the fun part. You may come up short. I’ve come up short on a lot on my goals, but it’s always fun to try and achieve them.”
  39. “Green and black go well together, don’t they?”
  40. “As a child, the family that I had and the love I had from my two parents allowed me to go ahead and be more aggressive, to search and to take risks knowing that, if I failed, I could always come home to a family of love and support.”
  41. Look, there are no shortcuts in golf, and there are no shortcuts in life. You have to work for it. Dream big and keep your dreams for yourself. Because the dreams that you have are those things that separate you from others. If you give up your dream, you give up hope. And without hope, you are nothing.”
  42. “My mother was right when she said that turning pro would take away my youth.”
  43. “One of the things my dad kept instilling in me was the joy of the game. He made it fun for me. A lot of the time I see kids that don’t enjoy being out there and that’s a shame; you’re supposed to enjoy the game.”
  44. “The amount of meetings I’ve been in – people would be shocked. But that’s how you gain experience, how you can gain knowledge, being in meetings and participating. You learn and grow.”
  45. “I’m trying as hard as I possibly can each and every day to get my life better and better and stronger. And if I win championships along the way, so be it.”
  46. “I wake up every day and I can’t wait to go to work, and that’s a gift. Not too many people have the opportunity to feel that way.”
  47. “I thoroughly enjoy getting away from the game and going out fishing because it’s so relaxing, so quiet and peaceful. I mean, there’s no noise other than nature – and it’s so different from what I do in a tournament situation that it just eases my mind.”
  48. “Never beat yourself up. There are going to be plenty of people who are going to do that for you.”
  49. “The greatest thing about tomorrow is that I will be better than I am today.”
  50. “You’re going to make mistakes. The key is to learn from them as fast as possible and make changes as soon as you can. That’s not always easy to do because ego and pride get in the way, but you have to put all that aside and look at the big picture.”
  51. “Under pressure, you can win with your mind.”
  52. “The thing you don’t dream about as a kid is all the peripheral stuff that comes with success.”
  53. “My dad told me this: You get out of it what you put into it. If you put in effort and log your time, you’ll get the results.”
  54. “As a kid when I was growing up, as any kid, you think you know every thing and I was no different to that.”
  55. “No matter who you are, the game is fluid. The game is always evolving, so you always have to keep working on it. There are plenty of hours in the day to get that done.”
  56. “If you’re a baseball player and you’re on the mound, you don’t ever want to look up in the stands if somebody is yelling at you, because they know they’ve got you. You just keep your head down, keep moving along. Of course it annoys you, but you don’t ever show that it annoys you. Just go ahead, move on, and keep on playing.”
  57. “I’ll tell you what, I’ve been in some seriously bad places playing golf and it’s just part of the game.”
  58. “If you’re lucky to have three close people in your life, you’re blessed.”
  59. “My dad used to say, ‘Just because you dress up in a coat and tie, it doesn’t influence your intelligence’.”
  60. “I’m all or nothing.”

We hope these Tiger Woods Quotes Inspire Your Day!

Tiger Woods has inspired youth across the nation, and he has devoted his life to helping young people. These quotes help us all remember that every day brings an opportunity to be a bit better, a bit stronger, and a bit wiser.


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