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Arthur Ashe Quotes


A professional tennis player.
(1943 - 1993)

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A couple of times a day I sit quietly and visualize my body fighting the AIDS virus. It's the same as me sitting and seeing myself hit the perfect serve. I did that often when I was an athlete.
[Visualization]
 

A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.
 

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
 

Do not feel sorry for me if I am gone.
 

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

I accepted the face that as much as I want to lead others, and love to be around other people, in some essential way, I am something of a loner.
 

I don't care who you are, you're going to choke in certain matches. You get to a point where your legs don't move and you can't take a deep breath. You start to hit the ball about a yard wide, instead of inches.
 

I don't want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments.
[Sports]
 

I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do.
 

I have always drawn strength from being close to home.
 

I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting.
 

I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.
 

I may not be walking with you all the way, or even much of the way, as I walk with you now.
 

If I were to say, "God, why me?" about the bad things, then I should have said, "God, why me?" about the good things that happened in my life.
 

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

Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis.
 

Let me put it this way: I think Republicans tend to keep the ball in play, Democrats go for broke.
 

My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.
 

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

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


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