The will must be stronger than the skill.
Champions have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'
I run on the road long before I dance under the lights.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
If you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
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.
If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize.
It's the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
Making it look easy is the hardest thing in the world to do.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.