“I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do.” – Arthur Ashe. Here are 40 Inspirational Arthur Ashe Quotes.

Arthur Ashe Quotes

1. “From what we get, we can make a living. What we give; however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe

2. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

3. “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.” – Arthur Ashe

4. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe

5. “You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.” – Arthur Ashe

6. “If you’re paid before you walk on the court, what’s the point in playing as if your life depended on it?” – Arthur Ashe

7. “We must reach out our hand in friendship both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy. We must believe in the power of education.” – Arthur Ashe

8. “I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do.” – Arthur Ashe

9. “My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.” – Arthur Ashe

10. “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” – Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe Quotes

11. “You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.” – Arthur Ashe

12. “When bright young minds can’t afford college, America pays the price.” – Arthur Ashe

13. “I wish more of us could understand that our increasing isolation, no matter how much it seems to express pride and self-affirmation, is not the answer to our problems.” – Arthur Ashe

14. “A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.” – Arthur Ashe

15. “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” – Arthur Ashe

16. “In general, very few people are prepared for any kind of disaster including disability which doesn’t require a hurricane.” – Arthur Ashe

17. “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe

18. “Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time.” – Arthur Ashe

19. “Drummed into me, above all, by my dad, by the whole family, was that without your good name, you would be nothing.” – Arthur Ashe

20. “Clothes and manners do not make the man, but where he is made they greatly improve his appearance.” – Arthur Ashe

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Arthur Ashe Quotes

21. “I take the good with the bad, and I try to face them both with as much calm and dignity as I can muster.” – Arthur Ashe

22. “I may not be walking with you all the way, or even much of the way, as I walk with you now. Don’t be angry with me if I am not there in person, alive and well when you need me. I would like nothing more than to be with you always.” – Arthur Ashe

23. “I don’t want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments.” – Arthur Ashe

24. “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” – Arthur Ashe

25. “Seven out of 10 black faces you see on television are athletes. The black athlete carries the image of the black community. He carries the cross, in a way, until blacks make inroads in other dimensions.” – Arthur Ashe

26. “The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.” – Arthur Ashe

27. “There is a terrific apprehension among some people that blacks will take over the sport… It will create problems because their behavior, speech and dress is just a completely different culture.” – Arthur Ashe

28. “There is a syndrome in sports called ”paralysis by analysis.” – Arthur Ashe

29. “I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting.” – Arthur Ashe

30. “I accepted the fact 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.” – Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe Quotes

31. “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.” – Arthur Ashe

32. “We blacks look for leadership in men and women of such youth and inexperience, as well as poverty of education and character, that it is no wonder that we sometimes seem rudderless. . . . We see basketball players and pop singers as possible role models.” – Arthur Ashe

33. “You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” – Arthur Ashe

34. “When we were together, I loved you deeply and you gave me so much happiness I can never repay you.” – Arthur Ashe

35. “Most people resist change, even when it promises to be for the better. But change will come and if you acknowledge this simple but undisputable fact of life and understand that you must adjust to all change, then you will have a head start.” – Arthur Ashe

36. “Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.” – Arthur Ashe

37. “Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.” – Arthur Ashe

38. “I have always drawn strength from being close to home.” – Arthur Ashe

39. “Someone once told me that God figured that I was a pretty good juggler. I could keep a lot of balls in the air at one time. So He said, “Let’s see if he can juggle another one.” – Arthur Ashe

40. “I strongly believe the black culture spends too much time, energy and effort raising, praising, and teasing our black children about the dubious glories of professional sports.” – Arthur Ashe

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Ian Warmer

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Ian Warner has spent over 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete. He went on to become an All-American sprinter at Iowa State, and he represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics. Ian founded Habit Stacker and dedicated his life to helping people to develop winning habits.

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