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.
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.
To be successful, one must take chances.
Helping someone is what life is all about.
Trying to hit Sandy Koufax was like trying to drink coffee with a fork.
They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball. And they tell you to hit it square.
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."
It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know.
There's nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.
I see a lot of people who love their jobs.
I see some garbage collectors smiling as they go about their work.
Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God.
Love soothes wounds, while hatred and violence deepen them.
Life is one big transition.
I never search for a reason why - I have faith in the Lord's purpose.
Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It's not the home-run hitters.
To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.
I'm a God-fearing man who worships with my heart and with my life.
I'm always amazed when a pitcher becomes angry at a hitter for hitting a home run off him. When I strike out, I don't get angry at the pitcher, I get angry at myself. I would think that if a pitcher threw up a home run ball, he should be angry at himself.
Unfortunately, inner feelings and potential are often stunted by our parents, relatives or peers.
Never had I had so many friends and so much fun as I did in the projects.
People like us are afraid to leave ball. What else is there to do? When baseball has been your whole life, you can't think about a future without it, so you hang on as long as you can.
Don't be sharp or flat; just be natural.
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