— Lionel Messi Argentine association football player 1987
„The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.“
— Nicholas Sparks American writer and novelist 1965
Micah Sparks, Chapter 9, p. 132
— Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994
Context: The important thing in our process, however, is to play the game, and in the great game of life, and particularly the game of politics, what is important is that on either side more Americans voted this year than ever before, and the fact that you won or you lost must not keep you from keeping in the great game of politics in the years ahead, because the better competition we have between the two parties, between the two men running for office, whatever office that may be, means that we get the better people and the better programs for our country.
„That judges of important causes should hold office for life is a disputable thing, for the mind grows old as well as the body.“
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 a.C.
Book II, 1270b.39
— Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
In response to Joe Walsh on The Howard Stern Show (1987).
„Football is the most important thing in my life, but I do have a life outside football and this is one part. The TV, the music, the fashion - it all goes to make up Rio Ferdinand.“
— Rio Ferdinand English association football player 1978
Rio Ferdinand on his TV Show, "Rio's World Cup Wind Ups" http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/article670046.ece
„Conservatives do not believe that political struggle is the most important thing in life... The simplest among them prefer fox-hunting— the wisest religion.“
— Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone British judge, politician, life peer and Cabinet minister 1907 - 2001
„The players are not interested in the score, but merely in how many runs are necessary to tie and to win. They take nothing for granted in baseball. The idea is to win. The game's the thing.“
— Moe Berg baseball player, spy 1902 - 1972
September 1941, Atlantic Monthly Pitchers and Catchers
— Timothy Leary American psychologist 1920 - 1996