I've always been a slave to my heart.
I was bred as an outcast, part Negro and part Seminole, in my early years raised as an Indian.
To be successful, one must take chances.
Be honest and work hard to get what you want. Don't take shortcuts; you only cheat yourself in the long run. Success is not measured by money or fame, but by how you feel about your own goals and accomplishments and the time and effort you put into them.
I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because each one represented another learning experience.
Trying to hit Sandy Koufax was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.
Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox.
When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."
Helping someone is what life is all about.
They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball. And they tell you to hit it square.
Human beings are pampered by the Lord. Their real tests don't come until later in life.
I never did allow anything to keep me from my kids. They're the most important part of my life.
There's nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.
Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God.
It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know.
Life is one big transition.
Love soothes wounds, while hatred and violence deepen them.
Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It's not the home-run hitters.
I'm a God-fearing man who worships with my heart and with my life.
I never search for a reason why - I have faith in the Lord's purpose.
To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.
If a reporter doesn't like the person he's writing about, it shows up in his article.
Playing baseball was my dream, and no amount of money could sway my opinion.
I gave out stars whenever an appropriate situation presented itself.
I always said that when it was time to retire, I would know it, and I would just tip my hat to the crowds.
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