Last week I explained why you should never apologize for being competitive, suggested that managers could foster competition by making salaries public and provided a five step guide to compete at work without making enemies.

Following along on that theme, this post contains 49 quotes to keep you competitive and motivated. Enjoy!

  1. Howard Cosell: "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."
  2. Walt Disney: "I have been up against tough competition all my life; I wouldn't know how to get along without it."
  3. Peter Thiel: "Capitalism and competition are opposites; Capitalism is premised on the accumulation of capital, but under perfect competition, all profits get competed away."
  4. Jack Welch: "Number one, cash is king; number two, communicate; number three, buy or bury the competition."
  5. Gianni Versace: "It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better."
  6. Michael Jordan: "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."
  7. Jesse Owens: "Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition; awards become corroded, friends gather no dust."
  8. Nicki Minaj: "When you don't make moves and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition."
  9. Henry Kaiser: "Taste the relish to be found in competition - in having put forth the best within you."
  10. Gracie Gold: "When it comes down to competition, it's not always about the best skater, it's about who skates the best in that competition."
  11. Colin Powell: "The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort."
  12. Hope Solo: "I live for competition; it makes my life complete."
  13. Usain Bolt: "But anybody who steps into the lane beside you is the biggest competition because they made it to the finals."
  14. Patti Smith: "An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God."
  15. Tim Cook: "The reality is, is that we love competition, at Apple; we think it makes us all better."
  16. Conrad Veidt: "For me, half the joy of achieving has been the struggle and the fight, the pitting myself against the world and all its competition - and winning."
  17. Henry Clay: "Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition."
  18. Harold H. Greene: "With competition everyone has to try harder."
  19. Peter Diamandis: "As humans, we have evolved to compete; it is in our genes, and we love to watch a competition."
  20. Katarina Witt: "When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating; I forget it is a competition."
  21. John Mackey: "It's competition that forces companies to get out of their complacency."
  22. Carolyn Murphy: "There's always competition out there; that's what makes life exciting."
  23. Lou Brock: "I don't think about goals and records; competition is what keeps me playing."
  24. Simon Sinek: "Believing that your competition is stronger and better than you pushes you to better yourselves."
  25. Drew Carey: "Some people don't like competition because it makes them work harder, better."
  26. Arsene Wenger: "I also think we live in a competitive world, and I love competition."
  27. Kevin Garnett: "I've always been driven by the competition and the learning process."
  28. Lennox Lewis: "It's not rage that drives me, it's competition."
  29. Christine Lahti: "Competition is very good as long as it's healthy; it's what makes one strive to be better."
  30. Natalie Gulbis: "You learn so much from competition you gain confidence every time you have to step up and perform."
  31. John Bates Clark: "When we say that the persistence of competition is ensured by fate, we mean that individual freedom is so guaranteed."
  32. Mickey Rourke: "To me, everything's competition."
  33. Itzhak Perlman: "Competition can be the most nerve-racking experience; some people just thrive on it."
  34. Morena Baccarin: "I get nervous before any competition; I also get really competitive."
  35. Dante Hall: "I never dislike anyone that I am in competition with; I welcome the challenge."
  36. Brian McBride: "Competition helps people figure it out."
  37. Larry Dixon: "Time will tell how you rate against the rest of the competition."
  38. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: "Competition is an easy way to get into flow."
  39. Eddy Cue: "Competition on anything is good, because it makes everybody better."
  40. Robert Kennedy: "The lessons of competition are lessons for life."
  41. Ronda Rousey: "Somehow, people act like I have no competition, but the thing is, the competition is so good that it forces me to be better than I even thought was possible."
  42. Bikram Choudhury: "Yoga competition is an old Indian tradition."
  43. Jake Gyllenhaal: "The idea of competition, particularly in a creative atmosphere, is always there; if you don't acknowledge that, you are doing yourself and the process a disservice."
  44. Wayne Rogers: "You trivialize the idea of competition totally, then there's no point in having the competition in the first place, and everybody is getting a trophy."
  45. Shuji Nakamura: "It's good to have high-quality competition; it helps drive research forward at a faster pace."
  46. James Spithill: "I love getting out of bed for competition."
  47. Brian McBride: "I think competition is very important; it breeds many good things in a person."
  48. Maureen McCormick: "As soon as I hear the word 'competition' I get serious and start doing everything that I can do."
  49. Keeth Smart: "Being properly prepared is one of the biggest assets in business and in athletic competition."