Quotes About Wrestling

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John Irving
“You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.”
John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

Jarod Kintz
“The way I wrestle five-year-olds makes me think if I were ever attacked by a pack of midgets, I’d be OK.
Jarod Kintz, $3.33

“Grappling with fate is like meeting an expert wrestler: to escape, you have to accept the fall when you are thrown. The only thing that counts is whether you get back up.”
Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

“I'm the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.”
Bret Hart

George R.R. Martin
“Inside the room, a man and a woman were wrestling. They were both naked.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“Never give up.”
John Cena

Matt Hardy, The Hardy Boyz

“If I've heard this saying once, I've heard it a thousand times - Everything happens for a reason. And it possibly does. I just haven't found the reason that this all happened yet.”
Jerry Lawler

Jarod Kintz
“Love is like trying to wrestle an albino. It’s tough because they’re slippery and all lubed up with sunscreen.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible

JohnA Passaro
“Sometimes life is your opponent and just showing up is a victory.”
JohnA Passaro, In the Zone and other Sports Essays

Kyle Adams
“First, I’m going to teach you how to Irish Whip someone.”

“Oh, that sounds kinky. I want my safeword to be peaches,” I said, grinning.”
Kyle Adams, Prize Package

Hedy Lamarr
“I have never seen a wrestling match or prize fight, and I don't want to. When I find out a man is interested in these sports, I drop him.”
Hedy Lamarr

JohnA Passaro
“There is an open circle.”

This mantra is what my high school coaches would say to me during wrestling practice when they knew that I was physically exhausted and was about to rest for a moment. There was an open circle on the wrestling mat, and if I was interested I could get out there and do more.

“There is an open circle.”

Meaning there is still more that you could do. Don’t rest now; this is where the difference is made. To work when you are mentally and physically exhausted gets you to the next level.

“There is an open circle.”
JohnA Passaro

Mark A. Rayner
“That’s the thing about the collapse of civilization, Blake. It never happens according to plan – there’s no slavering horde of zombies. No actinic flash of thermonuclear war. No Earth-shuddering asteroid. The end comes in unforeseen ways; the stock market collapses, and then the banks, and then there is no food in the supermarkets, or the communications system goes down completely and inevitably, and previously amiable co-workers find themselves wrestling over the last remaining cookie that someone brought in before all the madness began.”
Mark A. Rayner, The Fridgularity

Jarod Kintz
“If you’re wrestling someone underwater, don’t try to choke them, because it’s redundant since they already can’t breathe.”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

JohnA Passaro
“We spend 8 hours a day, for 10 months a year, for nearly 17 years sending our kids to school to prepare them for life.

In all of that time there is never a course in overcoming adversity, goal setting, sacrifice, perseverance, teammates, or family.

I guess that's what wrestling is for.”
JohnA Passaro

JohnA Passaro
“You see twenty-six years ago, when I was in high school, my goal and mission in life was to win a New York State Wrestling Championship.

I committed myself to a lifestyle, made the sacrifices, put in the time, starved myself, shaved my head, had the hunger, desire and determination, but I came up short.

For many years, after I graduated it seemed like I got nothing out of my six years of total dedication to the sport. That the trade off of what I gave and what I got in return to this sport was way out of whack.

I hated wrestling for it.

To put every ounce of your soul into achieving something and to get nothing out of it in return was beyond my comprehension and could not be justified in my head.

Until I had adversity in my life.

And slowly but surely I started realizing how much the sport of wrestling actually has given back to me. Much more than I ever knew.

When life throws you to your back, you need to know how not to get pinned, get off of your back and do enough to make up the difference in order to win.”
JohnA Passaro, 6 Minutes Wrestling With Life

Yusaku Hanakuma
“--What's going on in there?
--Let me see.
--Some kind of homo grappling shit.”
Yusaku Hanakuma, Tokyo Zombie

Terry Eagleton
“The liberal state has no view on whether witchcraft is more valuable than all-in wrestling. Like a tactful publican, it has as few opinions as possible. Many liberals suspect passionate convictions are latently authoritarian. But liberalism should surely be a passionate conviction. Liberals are not necessarily lukewarm. Only the more macho leftist suspects that they have no balls. You can be ardently neutral, and fiercely indifferent.”
Terry Eagleton

“From the managerial perspective, Sir Oliver Humperdink, a heinous sort for most of his career, said the release of pentup emotions might even have been healthy for mind and soul. "As heels, we were able to be as annoying and politically incorrect’ as possible.We were able to say and do what everyone probably wanted to say and do, but, for one reason or another, could never, ever get away with. And, by being able to do so, I generally found that my fellow heels were much more 'easygoing' than our babyface counterparts who had to 'toe the line.”
Greg Oliver, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels

JohnA Passaro
“It seems like it has been forever.
But i getbthe feeling that forever hasn't even started yet.”
JohnA Passaro, 6 Minutes Wrestling With Life

Jarod Kintz
“I’ve wrestled an alligator before. It wasn’t alive, but I still pinned it down. I was trying to impress a woman, and I bet I did, because she went home with another man—but she was smiling, probably wishing he were me.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

Roland Barthes
“In wrestling, nothing exists unless it exists totally, there is no symbol, no allusion, everything is given exhaustively; leaving nothing in shadow, the gesture severs every parasitical meaning and ceremonially presents the public with a pure and full signification, three dimensional, like Nature. Such emphasis is nothing but the popular and ancestral image of the perfect intelligibility of reality. What is enacted by wrestling, then, is an ideal intelligence of things, a euphoria of humanity, raised for a while out of the constitutive ambiguity of everyday situations and installed in a panoramic vision of a univocal Nature, in which signs finally correspond to causes without obstacle, without evasion, and without contradiction.”
Roland Barthes, Mythologies

Jarod Kintz
“I used to wrestle, and I had a perfect record. I never failed to fail.
Jarod Kintz, Sleepwalking is restercise

Jarod Kintz
“Love is like two telephone calls arm wrestling under an umbrella big enough to cover the Sahara desert. I wrestle the old-fashioned way—while sitting in a lawn chair in my living room.”
Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. And the ageless sages.

JohnA Passaro
“Yesterday while I was on the side of the mat next to some wrestlers who were warming up for their next match, I found myself standing side by side next to an extraordinary wrestler.
He was warming up and he had that look of desperation on his face that wrestlers get when their match is about to start and their coach is across the gym coaching on another mat in a match that is already in progress.
“Hey do you have a coach.” I asked him.

“He's not here right now.” He quietly answered me ready to take on the task of wrestling his opponent alone.

“Would you mind if I coached you?”

His face tilted up at me with a slight smile and said. “That would be great.”
Through the sounds of whistles and yelling fans I heard him ask me what my name was.

“My name is John.” I replied.

“Hi John, I am Nishan” he said while extending his hand for a handshake.
He paused for a second and then he said to me: “John I am going to lose this match”.

He said that as if he was preparing me so I wouldn’t get hurt when my coaching skills didn’t work magic with him today.

I just said, “Nishan - No score of a match will ever make you a winner. You are already a winner by stepping onto that mat.”
With that he just smiled and slowly ran on to the mat, ready for battle, but half knowing what the probable outcome would be.
When you first see Nishan you will notice that his legs are frail - very frail. So frail that they have to be supported by custom made, form fitted braces to help support and straighten his limbs.

Braces that I recognize all to well.

Some would say Nishan has a handicap.

I say that he has a gift.

To me the word handicap is a word that describes what one “can’t do”.

That doesn’t describe Nishan.

Nishan is doing.
The word “gift” is a word that describes something of value that you give to others.
And without knowing it, Nishan is giving us all a gift.
I believe Nishan’s gift is inspiration.
The ability to look the odds in the eye and say “You don’t pertain to me.”
The ability to keep moving forward.
A “Whatever it takes” attitude.
As he predicted, the outcome of his match wasn’t great.
That is, if the only thing you judge a wrestling match by is the actual score. Nishan tried as hard as he could, but he couldn’t overcome the twenty-six pound weight difference that he was giving up to his opponent on this day in order to compete. You see, Nishan weighs only 80 pounds and the lowest weight class in this tournament was 106. Nishan knew he was spotting his opponent 26 pounds going into every match on this day. He wrestled anyway.
I never did get the chance to ask him why he wrestles, but if I had to guess I would say, after watching him all day long, that Nishan wrestles for the same reasons that we all wrestle for.
We wrestle to feel alive, to push ourselves to our mental, physical and emotional limits - levels we never knew we could reach.
We wrestle to learn to use 100% of what we have today in hopes that our maximum today will be our minimum tomorrow. We wrestle to measure where we started from, to know where we are now, and to plan on getting where we want to be in the future. We wrestle to look the seemingly insurmountable opponent right in the eye and say, “Bring it on. - I can take whatever you can dish out.”
Sometimes life is your opponent and just showing up is a victory.
You don't need to score more points than your opponent in order to accomplish that.

No Nishan didn’t score more points than any of his opponents on this day, that would have been nice, but I don’t believe that was the most important thing to Nishan. Without knowing for sure - the most important thing to him on this day was to walk with pride like a wrestler up to a thirty two foot circle, have all eyes from the crowd on him, to watch him compete one on one against his opponent - giving it all that he had. That is what competition is all about. Most of the times in wrestlin”
JohnA Passaro

“When you see the Statue of Liberty, you will be in America.”
Antonio Russo, Wrestling with the Devil

Sam Lipsyte
“The Rough Beast snorted. “You don’t get it at all, buddy. It’s not about wrestling. It’s about stories. We’re storytellers.”

Caperton studied him. “Somebody at my job just said that.”

“It’s true! You have to be able to tell the story to get people on board for anything. A soft drink, a suck sesh, elective surgery, gardening, even your thing--public space? I prefer private space, but that’s cool. Anyway, nobody cares about anything if there isn’t a story attached. Ask the team that wrote the Bible. Ask Vincent Allan Poe.”

“But doesn’t it seem kind of creepy?” Caperton said. “All of us just going around calling ourselves storytellers?”

The Rough Beast shrugged. “Well, you can be negative. That’s the easy way out.”
Sam Lipsyte

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