65 Arthur Ashe Quotes On Success In Life

Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. was an American professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam singles titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. He was ranked world No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in May 1976. These Arthur Ashe quotes will motivate you.

Best Arthur Ashe Quotes

  1. “Start where you are, use what you have.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  2. “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  3. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  4. “You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  5. “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  6. “Life is like a tennis game. You can’t win without serving.” ~ Arthur Ashe

  7. “The world over – 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi-final, 2 to the finals, when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’. And today in pain I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me?'” ~ Arthur Ashe
  8. “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  9. Fear isn’t an excuse to come to a standstill. It’s the impetus to step up and strike.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  10. “If I were to say, ‘God, why me?’ about the bad things, then I should have said, ‘God, why me?’ about the good things that happened in my life.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  11. “Wherever I am when you feel sick at heart and weary of life, or when you stumble and fall and don’t know if you can get up again, think of me. I will be watching and smiling and cheering you on.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  12. “The best way to judge a life is to ask yourself, “Did I make the best use of the time I had?” ~ Arthur Ashe

  13. “We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  14. “I know I could never forgive myself if I elected to live without humane purpose, without trying to help the poor and unfortunate, without recognizing that perhaps the purest joy in life comes with trying to help others.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  15. “Let me put it this way: I think Republicans tend to keep the ball in play, Democrats go for broke.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  16. “I take the good with the bad, and I try to face them both with as much calm and dignity as I can muster.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  17. “If I don’t ask “Why me?” after my victories, I cannot ask “Why me?” after my setbacks and disasters.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  18. “Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  19. “I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  20. “It doesn’t have to glitter to be gold.” ~ Arthur Ashe

  21. “We must believe in the power of education. We must respect just laws. We must love ourselves, our old and or young, our women as well as our men.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  22. “I have become convinced that we blacks spend too much time on the playing field and too little time in libraries.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  23. “When bright young minds can’t afford college, America pays the price.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  24. “Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  25. “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” ~ Arthur Ashe

  26. “There is a syndrome in sports called ‘paralysis by analysis.'” ~ Arthur Ashe
  27. “I don’t want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments. That’s no contribution to society. [Tennis] was purely selfish; that was for me.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  28. “A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.” ~ Arthur Ashe Quotes
  29. “Having grown up in a segregated environment in the south I know what it’s like to be stepped on, I know what it’s like also to see some black hero do well in the face of adversity.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  30. “Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  31. “The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.” ~ Arthur Ashe

  32. “…I spent many, many hours in…libraries. Libraries became courts of last resort, as it were.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  33. “There were times when I asked myself whether I was being principled or simply a coward…. I was wrapped in the cocoon of tennis early in life, mainly by blacks like my most powerful mentor, Dr. Robert Walter Johnson of Lynchburg, Virginia. They insisted that I be unfailingly polite on the court, unfalteringly calm and detached, so that whites could never accuse me of meanness. I learned well. I look at photographs of the skinny, frail, little black boy that I was in the early 1950s, and I see that I was my tennis racquet and my tennis racquet was me. It was my rod and my staff.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  34. “There’s no better stage than the U.S. Open for me” ~ Arthur Ashe

  35. “Some folks call tennis a rich people’s sport or a white person’s game. I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do. Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis. You’ve got to make a lot of sacrifices and spend a lot of time if you really want to achieve with this sport, or in any sport, or in anything truly worthwhile.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  36. “I wish more of us could understand that our increasing isolation, no matter how much it seems to express pride and self-affirmation, is not the answer to our problems. Rather, the answer is a revival of our ancient commitment to God, who rules over all the peoples of the world and exalts no one over any other, and to the moral and spiritual values which were once legendary in America. We must reach out our hand in friendship both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  37. “You come to realize that life is short, and you have to step up. Don’t feel sorry for me. Much is expected of those who are strong.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  38. “You really are never playing an opponent. You are playing yourself.” ~ Arthur Ashe

  39. “You’ve got to make a lot of sacrifices and spend a lot of time if you really want to achieve with this sport, or in any sport, or in anything truly worthwhile.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  40. “My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  41. “I would like to flood South Africa with black personages of all sorts of persuasions: writers, educators, businessmen, you name it. If you are black and have any clout at all, I would like to see you go to South Africa and look for yourself and come back and try to use the tools that you have at your command to try and help the brothers down there.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  42. “My humanity, in common with all of God’s children, gives the greatest flight to my full range of my possibilities.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  43. “I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  44. “We blacks look for leadership in men and women of such youth and inexperience, as well as poverty of education and character, that it is no wonder that we sometimes seem rudderless… We see basketball players and pop singers as possible role models, when nothing could be further, in most cases, from their capacities.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  45. “If one’s reputation is a possession, then of all my possessions, my reputation means most to me.” ~ Arthur Ashe

  46. “You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  47. “I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  48. “Sometimes, a defeat can be more beautiful and satisfying than certain victories. The English have a point in insisting that it matters not who won or lost, but how you played the game.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  49. “I have always drawn strength from being close to home.” ~ Arthur Ashe Quotes
  50. “In America, you’re conditioned to regard everything as a contest. You have to make the Ten Best Dressed List, win this, win that. It drives me nuts sometimes. Who cares, for Christ’s sake?” ~ Arthur Ashe
  51. “It is not just the more talented player who wins. Some players may try a little harder.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  52. “Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis.” ~ Arthur Ashe

  53. “I don’t want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  54. “I don’t care who you are, you’re going to choke in certain matches. You get to a point where your legs don’t move and you can’t take a deep breath. You start to hit the ball about a yard wide, instead of inches.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  55. “This is my career highlight. Getting to the fourth round in the U.S. Open in my first year in the U.S. Open and first year on the tour.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  56. “I strongly believe the black culture spends too much time, energy and effort raising, praising, and teasing our black children about the dubious glories of professional sports.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  57. “I’m learning to use others’ weaknesses. I don’t hammer a man’s soft spot constantly, because he may strengthen it. I just save it as a trump up my sleeve for moments when I really need a point.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  58. “It’s an abnormal world I live in. I don’t belong anywhere. It’s like I’m floating down the middle. I’m never quite sure where I am.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  59. “If I didn’t play tennis I probably would have to see a psychiatrist.” ~ Arthur Ashe

  60. “Throughout my formal education, I spent many, many hours in public and school libraries. Libraries became courts of last resort, as it were. The current definitive answer to almost any question can be found within the four walls of most libraries.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  61. “Do not feel sorry for me if I am gone.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  62. “There is a terrific apprehension among some people that blacks will take over the sport… It will create problems because their behavior, speech, and dress is just a completely different culture.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  63. “I may not be walking with you all the way, or even much of the way, as I walk with you now.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  64. “With what we give, we make a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  65. “Drummed into me, above all, by my dad, by the whole family, was that without your good name, you would be nothing.” ~ Arthur Ashe

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