Arthur Ashe
Quotations


A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

If you're paid before you walk on the court, what's the point in playing as if your life depended on it?

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

There is a syndrome in sports called "paralysis by analysis."

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.

Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.

There's no better stage than the U.S. Open for me,

Drummed into me, above all, by my dad, by the whole family, was that without your good name, you would be nothing.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Some folks call tennis a rich peopleís sport or a white personís game. I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do. Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis. Youíve got to make a lot of sacrifices and spend a lot of time if you really want to achieve with this sport, or in any sport, or in anything truly worthwhile.

I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else.



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