Jesse Owens Quotes

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Jesse Owens Quotes

I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.
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A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.

— Jesse Owens

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

— Jesse Owens

Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it.

— Jesse Owens

It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close.

— Jesse Owens

Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.

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Life doesn't give you all the practice races you need.

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The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness.

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If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard.

— Jesse Owens

To a sprinter, the hundred-yard dash is over in three seconds, not nine or ten. The first 'second' is when you come out of the blocks. The next is when you look up and take your first few strides to attain gain position. By that time the race is actually about half over. The final 'second' - the longest slice of time in the world for an athlete - is that last half of the race, when you really bear down and see what you're made of. It seems to take an eternity, yet is all over before you can think what's happening.

— Jesse Owens

Championships are mythical. The real champions are those who live through what they are taught in their homes and churches. The attitude that 'We've got to win' in sports must be changed. Teach your youngsters, who are the future hope of America, the importance of love, respect, dedication, determination, self-sacrifice, self-discipline and good attitude. That's the road up the ladder to the championships.

— Jesse Owens

Running is real. It's all joy and woe, hard as diamond. It makes you weary beyond comprehension, but it also makes you free.

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The black fist is a meaningless symbol. When you open it, you have nothing but fingers - weak, empty fingers. The only time the black fist has significance is when there's money inside. There's where the power lies.

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I realized now that militancy in the best sense of the word was the only answer where the black man was concerned, that any black man who wasn't a militant in 1970 was either blind or a coward.

— Jesse Owens

Hitler didn't snub me-it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram.

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People come out to see you perform and you've got to give them the best you have within you.

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I fought, I fought harder ... but one cell at a time, panic crept into my body, taking me over.

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Well, I couldn't play an instrument. I'd just stand up front and announce the numbers. They had me sing a little, but that was a horrible mistake. I can't carry a tune in a bucket. We played black theaters and nightclubs all over hell. One-nighters. Apollo Theater in Harlem and the Earle Theater in Philly - That was big time for blacks.

— Jesse Owens

Every morning, just like in Alabama, I got up with the sun, ate my breakfast even before my mother and sisters and brothers, and went to school, winter, spring, and fall alike to run and jump and bend my body this way and that for Mr. Charles Riley.

— Jesse Owens

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