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I think someone should explain to the child that ...
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think someone should explain to the child that it's OK to make mistakes.
That's how we learn.
When we compete, we make mistakes.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You can't win unless you learn how to lose.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think black Americans expect too much from individual
black Americans in terms of changing the status quo.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You have to be able to center yourself,
to let all of your emotions go...
Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children,
and by extension, to other young people.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Great players are willing to give up their own personal
achievement for the achievement of the group.
It enhances everybody.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people
need to start spending as much time in the library
as they do on the basketball court.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how
to play the game in college programs that emphasized the team.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The game has basically not changed since I ended my career.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate,
so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents
that the adults had to pay.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was
trying to make a stand for equality,
he was exemplary.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I saw Islam as the correct way to live,
and I chose to try to live that way.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I expect more people from China and Asia to end up in the NBA.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

My choosing Islam was not a political statement;
it was a spiritual statement.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I listen to jazz mainly.
Mainstream jazz.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Fundamental preparation is always effective.
Work on those parts of your game that are fundamentally weak.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I hope to be involved in a successful movie script.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I'm not going to disappear.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop.
My biggest resource is my mind.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In athletics there's always been a willingness to cheat
if it looks like you're not cheating.
I think that's just a quirk of human nature.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

A team will always appreciate a great individual if
he's willing to sacrifice for the group.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Your mind is what makes everything else work.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think the NBA will certainly survive without Michael Jordan.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

As brilliant an individual that Michael Jordan was,
he was not successful until he got with a good team unit.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I wanted to play baseball!
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

My most memorable moment came in 1985 as we beat the Boston Celtics.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I felt that a number of people might have questioned my loyalty,
but I continue to be a patriotic American.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete
examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When we went up against teams that were better,
I just hoped that we could steal the victories.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It's hard for young players to see the big picture.
They just see three or four years down the road.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Center is a very tough position to play.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams,
but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I didn't really seek attention.
I just wanted to play the game well and go home.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I have been coaching recently.
I coached high school basketball in Arizona,
and I hope that more opportunities become available.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think the NBA players have to be held accountable in a reasonable way,
just like any other professionals.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Five guys on the court working together can achieve
more than five talented individuals who come and go as individuals.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I'm still my parent's child, I'm still me,
but I made a choice.
I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I think it has to do with evolution.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think race has been a burden for black Americans.
Being Muslim has also been a challenge because so many
people do not understand Islam.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The transition was difficult.
It's hard to stop something that you've enjoyed and
that has been very rewarding.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I try to do the right thing at the right time.
They may just be little things, but usually they make
the difference between winning and losing.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think that the good and the great are only separated
by the willingness to sacrifice.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You can't win if you don't play as a unit.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team,
but one man cannot make a team.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Black people don't have an accurate idea of their history,
which has been either suppressed or distorted.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When the line started to blur between the fans and the players,
sometimes things can get ugly.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think I did very well against everyone who tried to defend me.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I feel that there has been progress made since I was
a boy on matters of race,
but we have a long way to go.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive
that you could say about black people.
That's a terrible burden.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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