Stokes Quotes

Champions aren't made in the gyms.  Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.





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1. If you are early you are on time, if you are on time you are late, and if you are late you go home.
2. Body language screams it never whispers. 
3. There is nothing more important that what you are doing right now.
4. Persistence is more important than talent.
5. Respect the game as much as you want to be respected.
6. Practice hard because you play the way you practice.
7. It doesn’t take any talent to hustle.
8. Be a student of baseball.  Learn the game.  Study the game.
9. Never argue with an umpire.
10. Agree to let your coaches coach you. 
11. Set high standards along with knowing the steps to attain them.
12.  Set Goals, Goals are to be reachable and attainable.
13. Don’t tell people what you are worth, prove it to them.
14. Your parents love you, but they don’t know more than your coach about baseball.
15. Maintain eye contact with all adults.  Listen with your eyes.
16. Life is not fair.  Regardless of what some people want you to think.
17. Be passionate about your teammates.
18. No one has ever drowned in sweat.
19. The only thing a coach owes you is HONESTY.
20. Be as diligent on defense as you are on offense.
21. Games are lost, not won.  Mistakes lead to losses.
22. You don’t have to be a great athlete to be a great baseball player.
23. Baseball reveals character, it doesn’t build it.
24. Character means doing the right thing when nobody’s watching.
25.  Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence in seeing how  you react.  If you are in control, they are in control.
26. The toughest thing about success is that you have got to keep on being a success.
27. Slumps are like a soft bed.  They are easy to get into and hard to get out of.
28. Champions keep playing until they get it right.
29. If you think you can, you can.  And if you think you can’t, you’re right.
30. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
31. You can’t win a championship till you win a game, you can’t win a game till you win an inning, you can’t win an inning till you win an out, and you can’t win an out till you win a pitch.
32. Character is tested when you are up against it.
33. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
34. Motivation is what gets you started; Habit is what keeps you going.
35. It is not how hard you fall; it is how high you bounce.
36. Focusing on the competition has always been a formula for mediocrity.
37. You have no control over what the other guy does.  You only have control over what you do.
38. I’m not in competition with anybody but myself.  My goal is to beat my last performance.
39. Don’t be afraid to attempt something new.  Remember it was amateurs who built the ark and professionals who built the titanic.
40. Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moment.


Good parents give their children roots and wings.  Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what’s been taught them.
42. You can’t run with the big dogs if you act like a puppy.
43. Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you will do the impossible.
44. When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.
45. Don’t be content with being average.  Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.
46. When a man is no longer anxious to do better than well, he is done for.
47. Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don’t like to do.
48. If you focus on results, you will never change.  If you focus on change, you will get results.
49. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
50. A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team.
51. If you are not willing to risk, you will never gain.
52. You must first clearly see a thing in your mind before you can do it.
53. Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.
54. A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
55. Champions take chances and pressure is a privilege.
56. It is never the mistake that matters, it is what you do next that does.
57. Love the game.
58. Hard work spotlights the character of people:  some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
59. You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.
60. Don't make your worst enemy be between your ears.
 61.  The only disability is life is a bad attitude.
62. Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.