Arthur Ashe Quotes

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Arthur Ashe Quotes

When we were together, I loved you deeply and you gave me so much happiness I can never repay you.
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From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

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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.

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If you're paid before you walk on the court, what's the point in playing as if your life depended on it?

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I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do.

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I have become convinced that we blacks spend too much time on the playing field and too little time in libraries.

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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, when nothing could be further, in most cases, from their capacities.

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Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.

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You really are never playing an opponent. You are playing yourself.

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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.

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I spent many, many hours in ... libraries. Libraries became courts of last resort, as it were.

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You come to realize that life is short, and you have to step up. Don't feel sorry for me. Much is expected of those who are strong.

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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.

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It's an abnormal world I live in. I don't belong anywhere. It's like I'm floating down the middle. I'm never quite sure where I am.

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