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My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person,
by Jim Valvano

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person,
he believed in me.
- Jim Valvano

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I talked about my family, my family's so important.
- Jim Valvano

If you laugh, you think, and you cry,
that's a full day.
That's a heck of a day.
You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.
- Jim Valvano

Be a dreamer.
If you don't know how to dream, you're dead.
- Jim Valvano

 

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities.
It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart,
and it cannot touch my soul.
- Jim Valvano

We need your help.
I need your help.
We need money for research.
It may not save my life.
It may save my children's life.
It may save someone you love.
And it's very important.
- Jim Valvano

Now I'm fighting cancer, everybody knows that.
People ask me all the time about how you go through
your life and how's your day,
and nothing is changed for me.
- Jim Valvano

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But try if you can to support, whether it's AIDS or the cancer foundation,
so that someone else might survive, might prosper,
and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease.
- Jim Valvano

And if you see me, smile and maybe give me a hug.
That's important to me too.
- Jim Valvano

How do you go from where you are to where you wanna
be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life.
You have to have a dream, a goal.
And you have to be willing to work for it.
- Jim Valvano

I will thank God for the day and the moment I have.
- Jim Valvano

No matter what business you're in, you can't run in
place or someone will pass you by.
It doesn't matter how many games you've won.
- Jim Valvano

Don't give up.
Don't ever give up.
- Jim Valvano

Now, I look at where I am now and I know what I wanna to do.
What I would like to be able to do is to spend whatever
time I have left and to give,
and maybe some hope to others.
- Jim Valvano

People think I have courage.
The courage in my family are my wife Pam,
my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie,
LeeAnn, my mom, who's right here too.
- Jim Valvano

I can't tell you what an honor it is,
to even be mentioned in the same breath with Arthur Ashe.
This is something I certainly will treasure forever.
- Jim Valvano

I'll also tell you that five hundred thousand people
will die this year of cancer.
And I'll also tell you that one in every four will
be afflicted with this disease,
and yet, somehow, we seem to have put it in a little bit of the background.
- Jim Valvano

And I'm going to work as hard as I can...
for cancer research and hopefully, maybe,
we'll have some cures and some breakthroughs.
I'd like to think I'm going to fight my brains out
to be back here again next year for the Arthur Ashe recipient.
I want to give it next year!
- Jim Valvano

I just got one last thing, I urge all of you,
all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have.
To spend each day with some laughter and some thought,
to get you're emotions going.
- Jim Valvano

Time is very precious to me.
I don't know how much I have left and I have some things
that I would like to say.
Hopefully, at the end, I will have said something that
will be important to other people too.
- Jim Valvano

I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul
for thinking bad things about him.
He said, of course not.
I said, well, I think you stink.
And he gave me a technical.
You can't trust em.
- Jim Valvano

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards
than being a father to my children.
- Bill Cosby

The most important thing a father
can do for his children
is to love their mother.
- Henry Ward Beecher

It doesn't matter who my father was.
It matters who I remember he was.
- Anne Sexton

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.
- Aldous Huxley

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer,
but, my childhood was very good.
I am very grateful for my childhood,
because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
- Roberto Benigni

My father used to sing to me in my mother's womb.
I think I can name about any tune in two beats.
- Yancy Butler

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
- Jean de La Fontaine

My father never raised his hand to any one of his children,
except in self-defense.
- Fred Allen

To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.
- Euripides

I have a lot of very close girlfriends and sisters -
I'm from an all female family.
My father often quips that even the cat was neutered!
- Shirley Manson

Feels good to try, but playing a father,
I'm getting a little older.
I see now that I'm taking it more serious and I do want that lifestyle.
- Adam Sandler

I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son,
father and friend.
- Dante Hall

My father was something of a rainbow-chaser.
- Marc Davis

The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.
- E. B. White

My father was the guy on the block who said hi to everyone.
- Damon Wayans

I know that I will never find my father in any other
man who comes into my life,
because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him.
- Halle Berry

I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life.
My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.
- Chief Joseph

I never had a speech from my father 'this is what you
must do or shouldn't do' but I just learned to be led by example.
My father wasn't perfect.
- Adam Sandler

A true king is neither husband nor father;
he considers his throne and nothing else.
- Pierre Corneille

There are things that you cannot talk to your mother and father about,
there are things that you cannot talk to your children about.
- Shirley Knight

As a little girl I used to daydream about my real father
coming on a white horse to rescue me.
- Christine Keeler

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
- George Herbert

I wasn't anything special as a father.
But I loved them and they knew it.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

If my father had hugged me even once,
I'd be an accountant right now.
- Ray Romano

You don't have to deserve your mother's love.
You have to deserve your father's.
- Robert Frost

I just wish I could understand my father.
- Michael Jackson

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

My father always told me that
all businessmen were sons of bitches,
but I never believed it till now.
- John F. Kennedy

I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement.
- Ted Turner

Humor is always based on a modicum of truth.
Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law?
- Dick Clark

No, I never thought about my father's money as my money.
- Christie Hefner

My father-in-law gets up at 5 o'clock in the morning
and watches the Discovery Channel.
I don't know why there's this big rush to do this.
- Jeff Foxworthy

I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.
- H. G. Wells

My father taught me how to substitute realities.
- Mira Sorvino

Father or stepfather - those are just titles to me.
They don't mean anything.
- Oliver Hudson

So my father was a person who never lied to me.
If I had a question, he answered it.
I knew a lot of things at a young age because I was intrigued.
- Nick Cannon

Our Father and Our God, unto thee, O Lord we lift our souls.
- William Pennington

That is the thankless position of the father in the family -
the provider for all,
and the enemy of all.
- August Strindberg

My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house.
- Janis Joplin

My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men.
- Simon Newcomb


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