100 Motivational Boxing and Fighting Quotes (2023)

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According to the great Chinese military tactician Sun Tzu; “the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” and according to the boxing mystics; “the art of boxing is to hit and not get hit.” 

However it isn’t just ancient philosophers, old time boxing trainers and temperamental teenagers on social media who give us motivational quotes about fighting.

We have trawled the web to bring you some of the most famous fight quotes in history. 

These are not only about physical conflict but many reflect the hidden battles that we as human beings and individuals face every day. 

Check out the top 101 famous quotes on fighting, some of which come from the most unlikely sources…where else would you see the name Conor McGregor next to John Lennon?

10 Motivational fighting quotes

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” 

– E. E. Cummings

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” 

– Muhammad Ali

“Martial arts is not about fighting; it’s about building character.” 

– Bo Bennett

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” 

– Kandarp Gandhi

“Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.” 

– Herbert Hoover

Boxing and Fighting Quotes
Boxing and Fighting Quotes

“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” 

– Napoleon Hill

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” 

– Mahatma Gandhi

“When people ask me for inspirational quotes, I don’t know anything about that, all I can say is when you don’t eat for a week the only choice you have is to fight.” 

– Forgotten Champion

“To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” 

– Sun Tzu

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” 

– Margaret Thatcher

15 Inspirational Fighting Quotes

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” 

– Pierre de Coubertin

“I want to be an expert in different fighting styles, new training methods, new ways of thinking.” 

– Conor McGregor

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” 

– Bruce Lee

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” 

– Mark Twain

“There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.” 

– Franklin D Roosevelt

“There was no such thing as a fair fight. All vulnerabilities must be exploited.” 

– Cary Caffrey

“No battle is worth fighting except the last one.” 

– Enoch Powell

“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?” 

– Tim Burton

“Everyone that you fight is not your enemy and everyone who helps you is not your friend.” 

Mike Tyson

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” 

– Sun Tzu

Boxing and Fighting Quotes
Boxing and Fighting Quotes

15 Greatest Quotes about struggle

“You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.” 

Conor McGregor

“There’s a moment in fighting when strength of muscle ain’t everything because the enemy has already given you enough energy to gain the victory.” 

– Toba Beta

“As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.” 

– Vincent Van Gogh

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” 

– Winston Churchill

“Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.” 

– Norman Vincent Peale

Boxing and Fighting Quotes
Boxing and Fighting Quotes

When you go into a boxing ring it’s about winning or losing. A street fight is more than that. The other guy is trying to kill you, and you have to get him before he gets you.” 

Chuck Wepner

“Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.” 

– A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Never stop. Never stop fighting. Never stop dreaming.” 

– Tom Hiddleston

“There is no substitute for hard work. Never give up. Never stop believing. Never stop fighting.” 

– Hope Hicks 

“We are twice armed if we fight with faith.” 

– Plato

Boxing and Fighting Quotes
Boxing and Fighting Quotes

“You will never be entirely comfortable. This is the truth behind the champion – he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.” 

– Julien Smith

“I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it.” 

– Andrew Breitbart

“You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.” 

– Napoleon Bonaparte

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” 

– Sun Tzu

“Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning.” 

– George S. Patton

15 Great Boxing and Fighting Quotes

“That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.” 

– George Bernard Shaw

“It seems that fighting is a game where everybody is the loser.” 

– Zora Neale Hurston

“Fighting is a very emotionally draining sport. I don’t want to waste time on drama beforehand.” 

– Holly Holm

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” 

– Muhammad Ali

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.” 

– Alfred Adler

Boxing and Fighting Quotes
Boxing and Fighting Quotes

“Fights begin and end with handshakes.” 

– Cameron Conaway

“The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.” 

– Cesar Chavez

“The road to hell was paved with the bones of men who did not know when to quit fighting.” 

– Paulette Jiles

“Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman’s weapon is her tongue.” 

– Hermione Gingold

“I don’t mind fighting as long as it’s for a good cause.” 

– Ken Cuccinelli

“For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” 

– Sun Tzu

“Sometimes when you’re fighting, fighting, fighting, the mind needs some time off and you regroup and get back to normal.” 

– David Ortiz 

“People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.” 

– Abigail Van Buren

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” 

– Philo

“I didn’t realise I was going to be fighting the whole world.” 

– Robert Atkins

15 fighting quotes from history

“Fighting, for me, is like skydiving without the parachute.” 

– Anderson Silva

“Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.” 

– Molly Ivins

“Fighting is not a man’s thing, it is a human thing.” 

– Ronda Rousey

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.” 

– John Lennon

Boxing and Fighting Quotes
Boxing and Fighting Quotes

“I will continue to keep fighting sucking the marrow out of life as life sucks the marrow out of me.” 

– Craig Sager

“One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.” 

– George Allen

“I have been fighting over commas all my life.” 

– Mark Helprin

“I’m fighting cancer and I refuse to give up.” 

– Craig Sager

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” 

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Going that one more round when you don’t think you can, that’s what makes all the difference in your life.” 

– Rocky Balboa

“I love what I do, both aspects – fighting and being a firefighter and paramedic.” 

– Stipe Miocic

“You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.” 

– James J. Corbett

“I was a fighting machine with a will of iron.” 

– Jurgen Klopp

“I’m not a fighter, but in my mind I’m fighting every day. ‘What’s new? What am I doing?’ I’m fighting myself. My soul is samurai. My roots aren’t samurai, but my soul is.” 

– Masaharu Morimoto

“My father and mother – I figured if I could make them laugh, they’d stop fighting. I stole all their material.” 

– Jerry Stiller

10 Inspiring boxing and fighting quotes

“Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope – and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future.” 

– Bob Riley

“I’m God’s Game Rooster, he sends me out to box.” 

– Roy Jones Jnr.

“Every soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole.” 

– Bernard Law Montgomery

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” 

– Jack Dempsey

“I think I came up in fighting in a really technical way. If you’ve ever seen my fights, you know I love distance, I love technique.” 

– Gina Carano

Boxing and Fighting Quotes
Boxing and Fighting Quotes

“Fighting means you could lose. Bullying means you can’t. A bully wants to beat somebody; he doesn’t want to fight somebody.” 

– Andrew Vachss

“What does it mean to be a superhero? We’re all fighting for the better good. But, at the same time, I think what stands out is, as superheroes, you don’t give up; you don’t surrender. I think that’s what makes a superhero.” 

– Ellen Wong

“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” 

– Sun Tzu

“Make a difference today for someone who’s fighting for their tomorrow.” 

– Jim Kelly

“Nobody owes anybody a living, but everybody is entitled to a chance.” 

Jack Dempsey

10 Greatest fighting quotes

“If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting.” 

– Curtis LeMay

“The greatest fight is when you are fighting in the smoke and cannot see with your eyes.” 

– Mark Helprin

“Marriage is nature’s way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.” 

– Alan King

“Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.” 

– Norman Schwarzkopf

“I’m still a soldier, fighting with my pen and paper for peace till the day I cease.” 

– Emmanuel Jal

Boxing and Fighting Quotes
Boxing and Fighting Quotes

“I’m going to change the way martial arts is viewed. I’m going to change the game. I’m going to change the way people approach fighting.” 

– Conor McGregor

“I was always fighting the establishment, trying to run through brick walls.” 

– John McEnroe

“Fighting bitterness can be a full-time job.” 

– Ira Sachs

“I am fighting royalty. I have gypsy kings on both sides of the family.” 

– Tyson Fury

“Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it’s be brave or else be killed.” 

– Margaret Mitchell

5 Final Boxing and fighting motivational quotes

“To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine.” 

– Friedrich Schiller

“Whether fighting or spitting, my discipline is unforgiving!” 

– John Cena

“We’re fighting to be ourselves in a world that’s trying to make us like everyone else.” 

– Bebe Rexha

“I have been fighting from a very young age. There is no fear there. It helped me cultivate the mindset of a fighter.” 

– Ritika Singh

“War means fighting, and fighting means killing.” 

– Nathan Bedford Forrest

“The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” 

– Ernest Hemingway

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” 

Bob Riley

“Fighting isn’t always a bad thing, I put food on my family table with these hands, I couldn’t have done that as easy any other way.” 

Lee Haskins

“Many people fail not so much because of their mistakes; they fail because they are afraid to try.” 

George Foreman

“The only way you can fight is the way you practice.” Miyamoto Musashi