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18 Inspiring Arnold Palmer Quotes That Teach Us How to Win at Life

Arnold Palmer, arguably one of the greatest players in golf history, passed away yesterday at the age of 87.

Palmer died in a Pittsburgh hospital while waiting for cardiac surgery. During his celebrated career, he won 90 events–including four Masters Championships–but he was known for much more than just his golf swing. Palmer’s charm, positive character, winning attitude, and lavished generosity to all those around him, exceeded his historic achievements on the green.

On news of his death, President Obama tweeted, “Here’s to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold.”

Here are 18 Palmer quotes that could be applied to almost anything in life.


1. The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.

2. Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

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3. It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.

4. What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.

5. You must play boldly to win.

6. Here is a philosophy of boldness to take advantage of every tiny opening toward victory.

7. Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.

8. I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.

9. Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.

10. The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.

11. The whole secret to mastering the game of golf – and this applies to the beginner as well as the pro – is to cultivate a mental approach to the game that will enable you to shrug off the bad days, keep patient and know in your heart that sooner or later you will be back on top.

12. Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.

13. What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.

14. I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser.

15. Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.

16. Putting is like wisdom – partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.

17. I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.

18. I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.

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