Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
The time is always right to do what is right.
If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.
You're never a loser until you quit trying.
Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
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