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Althea Gibson Quotes and Sayings
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In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion
until you have defended your title successfully.
Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
- Althea Gibson

No matter what accomplishments you make,
somebody helped you.
- Althea Gibson

Most of us who aspire to be tops in our fields don't
really consider the amount of work required to stay tops.
- Althea Gibson

In the field of sports you are more or less accepted
for what you do rather than what you are.
- Althea Gibson

 

Being champion is all well and good,
but you can't eat a crown.
- Althea Gibson

I don't want to be put on a pedestal.
I just want to be reasonably successful and live a
normal life with all the conveniences to make it so.
- Althea Gibson

Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long
way from being forced to sit in the colored section
of the bus going into downtown Wilmington,
North Carolina.
- Althea Gibson

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I always wanted to be somebody.
If I made it, it's half because I was game enough to
take a lot of punishment along the way and half because
there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.
- Althea Gibson

Sports do not build character.
They reveal it.
- Heywood Broun

Other sports play once a week but this sport is with us every day.
- Peter Ueberroth

All sports for all people.
- Pierre de Coubertin

I always turn to the sports pages first,
which records people's accomplishments.
The front page has nothing but man's failures.
- Earl Warren

A good hockey player plays where the puck is.
A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
- Wayne Gretzky

The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.
- Martin Mull

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.
- Knute Rockne

He's got an overall flair for the game.
It looks to me like he really loves what he does and
he can't wait to get up in the morning,
go hit some balls and go play.
- Gary McCord

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club,
they'd starve to death.
- Sam Snead

The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register.
- Bob Verdi

The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet
mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.
- Ernest Hemingway

You know it's going to hell when the best rapper out
there is white and the best golfer is black.
- Charles Barkley

If a tie is like kissing your sister,
losing is like kissing you grandmother with her teeth out.
- George Brett

Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.
- Joe Garagiola

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football,
basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
- John Leonard

Baseball players are smarter than football players.
How often do you see a baseball team penalized for
too many men on the field?
- Jim Bouton

Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.
- William Wordsworth

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his
40s shouldn't play tennis.
I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait
until I reached 50 to start again.
- Hugo Black

The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose.
- Ernie Banks

Most ball games are lost, not won.
- Casey Stengel

I'm tired of hearing about money, money,
money, money, money.
I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi,
wear Reebok.
- Shaquille O'Neal

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking
place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
- Billie Jean King

My family knew, but most of the sporting world did
not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.
- Bill Toomey

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.
I'll tell you what I do.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
- Rogers Hornsby

You don't suffer, kill yourself and take the risks I take just for money.
I love bike racing.
- Greg LeMond

Bulls do not win bull fights.
People do.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

One thing you learned as a Cubs fan:
when you bought you ticket,
you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.
- Joe Garagiola

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner,
and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.
- Jack Benny

The integrity of the game is everything.
- Peter Ueberroth

Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.
- Roger Kahn

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?
- Al Boliska

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
- Joe Garagiola

Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds
the other team below 100 points they almost always win.
- Doug Collins

Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.
- Roger Kahn

Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first,
and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
- Red Auerbach

Gold medals aren't really made of gold.
They're made of sweat, determination,
and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
- Dan Gable

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
- Dave Barry

I started playing ball when I was a kid.
My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.
- Kurt Russell

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
- Vince Lombardi

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

If you think it's hard to meet new people,
try picking up the wrong golf ball.
- Jack Lemmon

You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
- Yogi Berra

Overall the fundamentals seem to be there and he's
obviously got a very mature head on his shoulders.
He's got a kind of presence.
- Nick Price

All hockey players are bilingual.
They know English and profanity.
- Gordie Howe

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
- Muhammad Ali

The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.
- Bob Lemon

There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball.
Unfortunately, neither of them works.
- Charley Lau

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child.
Just how childlike golf players become is proven by
their frequent inability to count past five.
- John Updike

My motto was always to keep swinging.
Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field,
the only thing to do was keep swinging.
- Hank Aaron

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball,
most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
- Charles Barkley

Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of
necessary evil to the luxury of baseball,
like the odor that follows an automobile.
- Christy Mathewson

I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis.
I want to kill people.
I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children.
- Mike Tyson

He hits the ball a long way and he knows how to win.
- Gary McCord

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll
probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
- Phil Jackson

Winning is habit.
Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.
They are consumed in twelve minutes.
Half-times take twelve minutes.
This is not coincidence.
- Erma Bombeck

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

If you watch a game, it's fun.
If you play it, it's recreation.
If you work at it, it's golf.
- Bob Hope

Sometimes in football you have to score goals.
- Thierry Henry

I don't want to play golf.
When I hit a ball, I want someone else to go chase it.
- Rogers Hornsby

Good, better, best.
Never let it rest.
Until your good is better and your better is best.
- Tim Duncan


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