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Willie Mays Quotes and Sayings

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I didn't say I was that smart, I said I went to class
and I enjoyed what I was doing.
- Willie Mays

If you can do that - if you run, hit,
run the bases, hit with power, field,
throw and do all other things that are part of the game -
then you're a good ballplayer.
- Willie Mays

When I got to professional ball I used to play 150 games every year.
It depends on how many games there was.
- Willie Mays

I played with the Birmingham Black Barons.
I was making 500 at 14.
That was a lot of money in those days.
- Willie Mays

 

Baseball is a game, yes.
It is also a business.
But what is most truly is is disguised combat.
For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace,
baseball is violence under wraps.
- Willie Mays

I was very fortunate to play sports.
All the anger in me went out.
I had to do what I had to do.
If you stay angry all the time, then you really don't have a good life.
- Willie Mays

Yes, I had to learn how to live life outside,
but I had so many people help me.
- Willie Mays

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At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys.
At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons,
so I really came very quickly in all sports.
- Willie Mays

Defense to me is the key to playing baseball.
- Willie Mays

Maybe I was born to play ball.
Maybe I truly was.
- Willie Mays

I would try and help everybody, because the game was so easy for me.
It was just like walking in the park.
- Willie Mays

I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
- Willie Mays

They throw the ball, I hit it.
They hit the ball, I catch it.
- Willie Mays

It's not hard.
When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody.
But when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.
- Willie Mays

I think I was programmed to do good things when I came into the majors.
I knew how to play.
- Willie Mays

I don't compare 'em, I just catch 'em.
- Willie Mays

When I'm not hitting, I don't hit nobody.
But, when I'm hitting, I hit anybody.
- Willie Mays

I don't mean to be bashful, but I was.
- Willie Mays

Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
- Willie Mays

And my father didn't have money for me to go to college.
And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks,
and I don't think I could have made it in basketball,
because I was only 5' 11".
So I just picked baseball.
- Willie Mays

When I was in Birmingham I used to go to a place called Redwood Field.
I used to get there for a two o'clock game.
Where can you make this kind of money playing sports?
It was just a pleasure to go out and enjoy myself and get paid for it.
- Willie Mays

People talk about that catch and, I've said this many times,
that I've made better catches than that many times in regular season.
But of course in my time, you didn't have a lot of
television during the regular season.
A lot of people didn't see me do a lot of things.
- Willie Mays

I was a baseball player, I taught baseball,
and all of a sudden I was in the business world.
Now I used the baseball world to talk about their product.
Not too much, just enough to keep going.
Just be yourself and you'll never have a problem.
That's what I did.
- Willie Mays

The greatest challenge I think is adjusting to not playing baseball.
The reason for that is I had to come out of baseball
and come into the business world,
not being a college graduate, not being educated to
come into the business world the way I should have.
- Willie Mays

I was very blessed with a good body.
Never got hurt.
Never was in the hospital.
The only time I was in the hospital was when I would
get exhausted a little bit,
and go in for a check-up or something.
- Willie Mays

In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport.
You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing
to accept constructive criticism.
Without one-hundred percent dedication,
you won't be able to do this.
- Willie Mays

That's how easy baseball was for me.
I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I had the knowledge
before I became a professional baseball player to do
all these things and know what each guy would hit.
- Willie Mays

I always enjoyed playing ball, and it didn't matter
to me whether I played with white kids or black.
I never understood why an issue was made of who I played with,
and I never felt comfortable, when I grew up,
telling other people how to act.
- Willie Mays

I'm a very lucky guy.
I had so many people help me over the years that I never had many problems.
If I had a problem, I could sit down with someone and
they would explain the problem to me,
and the problem become like a baseball game.
- Willie Mays

Robinson was important to all blacks.
To make it into the majors and to take all the name calling,
he had to be something special.
He had to take all this for years, not just for Jackie Robinson,
but for the nation.
- Willie Mays

In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000.
I bought a 1950 Mercury.
I couldn't drive, but I had it in the parking lot there,
and everybody that could drive would drive the car.
So it was like a community thing.
- Willie Mays

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain PHOTO

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson PHOTO

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

Choose love. Choose to release all resentments.
Forgive everyone. Choose to release all regrets.
Forgive yourself for all decisions that you have ever made
that didn't work out as you hoped.
Forgive yourself for any financial decisions
that didn't meet your expectations.
Release your regrets if you choose
the "wrong" spouse or the "wrong" career.
Today, choose love.
Choose to love yourself.
Choose to love your life.
Choose to love all the friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, and others who share your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

I didn't want to marry anybody else in town.
I want my baby to look like you.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and
I told him of course he could,
so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
- Eric Morecambe

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
- Aristotle Onassis

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers.
Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.
- Elayne Boosler

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls,
so I had to beat them with my mind.
- Martina Hingis

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

Bachelors know more about women than married men;
if they didn't they'd be married too.
- H. L. Mencken

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn

Disneyland is a work of love.
We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
- Walt Disney

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to
have half my brain sucked out.
- Max Walker

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants,
like most Lutheran boys.
I got a telescope.
My mother thought it would make the best gift.
- Wernher von Braun

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
- Satchel Paige

Life's like Vegas. You're up, you're down,
but in the end the house always wins.
Doesn't mean you didn't have fun.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

I crashed my boyfriend's birthday when I was 12 years old.
He didn't invite me and so I showed up.
- Isla Fisher

I quit high school on my birthday.
It was my senior year and I didn't see the point.
This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
- Barry White

Dad taught me everything I know.
Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
- Al Unser

I have this sense that I didn't really start growing up until my twenties.
- Winona Ryder

What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures.
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I haven't spoken to my wife in years.
I didn't want to interrupt her.
- Rodney Dangerfield

We didn't actually overspend our budget.
The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
- Frank Howard Clark

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

When I turned 60, it didn't bother me at all.
- Yoko Ono

I was a brownie for a day.
My mom made me stop.
She didn't want me to conform.
- Sandra Bullock


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