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Major Taylor Quotes and Sayings

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An athlete must have ability to reach the top,
but many who have ability and who do not live clean
lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.
- Major Taylor

Each great athlete must some day bow to that perennial old champion,
Father Time, even as I, for Time eventually wins.
- Major Taylor

In a word I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail.
- Major Taylor

To these ideals which were instilled in me when I was a youth,
I attribute in a large degree the success that was
mine on the bicycle tracks of the world.
- Major Taylor

 

Clean living is the cardinal principle in the lives
of the world's greatest athletes,
as the phenomenal performances of these outstanding
characters will obviously show.
- Major Taylor

Realizing full well that fine condition and confidence
will not in themselves make a champion,
it is my belief, however, that they are essential factors.
- Major Taylor

Modesty should be typical of the success of a champion.
- Major Taylor

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I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame
or a professional career to practice clean living,
fair play and good sportsmanship.
- Major Taylor

I pray they will carry on in spite of that dreadful monster prejudice,
and with patience, courage, fortitude and perseverance
achieve success for themselves.
- Major Taylor

I have also noticed that when a rider who had confidence
in his ability was defeated,
after doing his level best to win, always received
an ovation from the gathering.
- Major Taylor

The moral turpitude of the boys of today appears to
center in their failure to concentrate on any particular
objective long enough to obtain their maximum results.
- Major Taylor

There will always be that dreadful monster prejudice
to do extra battle against because of their color.
- Major Taylor

I can hardly express in words my deep feeling and sympathy for them,
knowing as I do, the many serious handicaps and obstacles
that will confront them in almost every walk of life.
- Major Taylor

As a reward of their clean living and good habits these
great stars have been able to withstand the rigorous
test of stamina and physical exertion and have thus
successfully extended their most remarkable careers
over a period of many strenuous years.
- Major Taylor

I might go on discussing this subject at great length,
but after all is said, done, and written,
my own book of experiences will best show what these obstacles are,
and how I managed to overcome them to some extent.
- Major Taylor

I would like to cite an instance which proves the efficacy
of clean living on the part of an athlete coupled with
the inspiration received from a champion which go a
long way to making a champion.
- Major Taylor

I know that a good many champions have entertained
the thought that the more they discourage youngsters,
the longer they would reign.
However, this theory never impressed me,
and I always made it a point to give youths the benefit
of my experience in bicycle racing.
- Major Taylor

In closing I wish to say that while I was sorely beset
by a number of white riders in my racing days,
I have also enjoyed the friendship of countless thousands
of white men whom I class as among my closest friends.
- Major Taylor

These rules may seem simple enough, but it will require
great morale and physical courage to adhere to them.
But if carried out in the strict sense of the word
it will surely lead to a greater success than could otherwise be attained.
- Major Taylor

I don't know why people question the academic training of an athlete.
Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated
in the bottom half of their classes.
- Al McGuire

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A worker in the rural reconstruction must have:
The body of an athlete
The attitude of a teacher
The mind of a scientist
The heart of a missionary
The spirit of a crusader.
- Jimmy Yen

America believes in education: the average professor
earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
- Evan Esar

He has a method that likens the musician to an athlete,
so I do physical exercises designed to keep a musician
in shape in order to perform the function,
which is to play music.
- Herb Alpert

I just wanted to be an athlete.
- Merlin Olsen

There has never been a great athlete who died not knowing what pain is.
- Bill Bradley

Ruth was probably the greatest athlete to perform in any sport.
Never has there been anybody like him.
- George Steinbrenner

Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude
to the fans and management,
and pays an installment every time he plays.
He should never miss a payment.
- Bobby Hull

Becoming an Olympian is the ultimate reward for any athlete.
- Michael Diamond

Rosie knows how to play ball.
She's an athlete, for sure.
- Geena Davis

I think the people who have really followed my career
from the time I was seven years old can see my steady
progress and see the type of person and athlete I am.
- Marion Jones

You are an athlete when you're onstage.
You can't get tired.
- Faye Dunaway

I was the very first athlete in East Germany allowed to go professional.
- Katarina Witt

Some of today's athletes do not have that kind of pride.
They left school at 16, have never had a job in their
life and are getting Lottery funding,
earning money as an athlete.
- Linford Christie

I was always a mean and lean athlete -
not tall -
not large.
- Edwin Moses

Forty years ago the chances of journalists reporting -
or the authorities even prosecuting -
a pro athlete were practically nil.
- Leigh Steinberg

I want to know about what makes an athlete tick.
- Lisa Guerrero

Tony knew me both as an athlete and as a person.
He cared for me like a father.
- Dennis Eckersley

In every school, more boys wanted to be remembered
as a star athlete than as a brilliant student.
- James S. Coleman

I'm a golfer - not an athlete.
- Lee Westwood

Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
- Bill Shoemaker

The most important part of this is to prepare the athlete
for life in general and then be able to compete.
- Alberto Juantorena

When I was playing I never wished I was doing anything else.
I think being a professional athlete is the finest thing a man can do.
- Bob Gibson

A revised schedule is to business what a new season
is to an athlete or a new canvas to an artist.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Both parents supported my becoming a world class athlete.
- Edwin Moses

I'm not going to relate to an athlete as a peer.
- Lisa Guerrero

It is very dangerous to have your self-worth riding
on your results as an athlete.
- Jim Courier

The doors fly open when you're a professional athlete.
- Dennis Rodman

When you reach that elite level, 90 percent is mental
and 10 percent is physical.
You are competing against yourself.
Not against the other athlete.
- Dick Fosbury

I never look backwards.
I have always been an athlete.
I boxed before I acted.
- Mickey Rourke

Developing the muscles of the soul demands no competitive spirit,
no killer instinct, although it may erect pain barriers
that the spiritual athlete must crash through.
- Germaine Greer

I'm a jock and I'm an athlete, and that's what I love to do.
- Marion Jones

First of all, I really never imagined myself being a professional athlete.
- Bo Jackson

You need to become more than one type of athlete.
You have to be a sprinter, a weight man and a distance guy all in one.
- Dan O'Brien

If I could change on thing about myself,
I would: Have better knees.
Mine are shot because of injuries.
You're only as good as your legs, whether you're an athlete or an actor.
- William Petersen

Being in school is the best place to be if you are
an athlete because you can structure your own time.
- Frank Shorter

I didn't train to make the Olympic team until 1968.
I simply trained for the moment.
I never even imagined I would be an Olympic athlete.
It always seemed to evolve.
- Dick Fosbury

An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets.
He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.
- Emil Zatopek

I'm an athlete rep, so I'll be available if they need me for anything.
- Shannon Miller

As a young athlete, it was first about having fun;
then it was about winning.
- Dan O'Brien

My favorite athlete of all time would have to be Jim Thorpe.
- Randy Castillo

The greatest feeling of accomplishment for me is the
fact that I was an athlete who was somewhat disabled.
- Bill Toomey

I did not choose necessarily on the basis of significance.
If you have a vote for the most significant athlete,
then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth,
then you have Michael Jordan.
- Dick Schaap

I always thought of myself as some sort of athlete
until I started playing golf a couple years ago.
- James Caan

The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation
of the individual athlete.
- Pierre de Coubertin

I was probably in the best shape of any athlete at the time,
but you don't get to pass judgment on yourself.
- Steve Carlton

Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.
- Bill Russell

I think an athlete should be honest.
I know it's difficult, but if a guy knocked me on my can,
I couldn't very well say, I slipped.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

I was a nerd academically.
But I was also an athlete and a musician.
I never wanted to be shut out of any situation.
I think it was that more than anything.
- Brian McKnight

An athlete who tells you the training is always easy
and always fun simply hasn't been there.
Goals can be elusive which makes the difficult journey all the more rewarding.
- Alberto Salazar

You know raising a family in the lifestyle of a professional
athlete can be very difficult.
- Robin Yount


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