45 Motivational Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Quotes For Success In Life

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American former professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. These Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Quotes will motivate you.

Best Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Quotes

  1. One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. You can’t win unless you learn how to lose. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  3. I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  4. Good thoughts are no better than good dreams unless they are executed. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  5. Five guys on the court working together can achieve more than five talented individuals who come and go as individuals. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  6. Fundamental preparation is always effective. Work on those parts of your game that are fundamentally weak. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  7. What we need are positive, realistic goals and the willingness to work. Hard work and practical goals. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  8. Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  9. If ISIS represents Islam, then the KKK represents Christianity ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  10. Each story, novel, poem and play presents a vision of the world that illuminates the dark cave of life we stumble through. We can see better where we’re going, what sudden drop to avoid, where the cool water is running. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  11. I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  12. We can learn from mistakes of others, whether they’re kings or our parents. When we do learn those lessons, we’re better equipped to make our own dreams come true. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  13. I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  14. The saying, “Those that don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it” doesn’t just apply to politicians and world leaders, it applies to all of us on a daily basis. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  15. 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
  16. I don’t get a big charge out of being the leading scorer. The object of competing is winning. I just try to do what has to be done for us to win. That might be anything at the time – defense, rebounding, passing. I get great satisfaction out of being a team player. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  17. 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
  18. A lot of players think the game is all about individual performances when it’s really all about a team game. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  19. I feel like I’ve always been a full-time historian, but nobody knows it. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  20. Your mind is what makes everything else work. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  21. Some stuff can be fixed, some stuff can’t be. Deciding which is which is part of maturing. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  22. 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
  23. I love basketball, but playing basketball doesn’t fully define who I am. I was always a good student, too. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  24. My English teacher, Dr. John Lindstrom, taught me an appreciation for the written word. Until his class, I’d dabbled in journalism and essay writing. But when he selected one of my essays as the best in the class, it gave me the confidence to see myself as a writer. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Quotes
  25. As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  26. Islam is about finding your own space. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  27. 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
  28. My choosing Islam was not a political statement; it was a spiritual statement. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  29. I could have skated by as an athlete, but the world is so much bigger and more interesting than any one thing. I didn’t want to be pigeonholed as just a jock. I’m also an author, a student of history, and I collect memorabilia from the Wild West. I’m also a son, a father, and a friend. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  30. If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things happen. What we need are positive, realistic goals and the willingness to work. Hard work and practical goals. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  31. I saw Islam as the correct way to live, and I chose to try to live that way. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  32. I was latching on to something that was part of my heritage, because many of the slaves who were brought here were Moslems. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  33. When I was at UCLA, the Harlem Globetrotters offered me a million dollars to come play for them. I turned it down because my education was just as important as playing ball. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  34. I didn’t really seek attention. I just wanted to play the game well and go home. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  35. One man cannot make a team. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  36. [Albert] Hoxie, my Western Civilization professor. I had him in my freshman year and he opened up an extraordinary world to me that I’ve never forgotten. He used his extensive knowledge of art history to illustrate the development of Western culture and politics. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  37. The word ‘leukemia’ is a very frightening word. In many instances, it’s a killer and it’s something that you have to deal with in a very serious and determined way if you’re going to beat it. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  38. When we went up against teams that were better, I just hoped that we could steal the victories. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  39. In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There’s so much more to the story. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  40. When you’re a coach you’ve got to go up the ladder, you’ve got to be ready to travel. That’s the nature of coaching ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  41. My biggest resource is my mind. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  42. I expect more people from China and Asia to end up in the NBA. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  43. Music rhythms are mathematical patterns. When you hear a song and your body starts moving with it, your body is doing math. The kids in their parents’ garage practicing to be a band may not realize it, but they’re also practicing math. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  44. I think Kwame will be an asset to the Lakers. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  45. I have always thought that writers come with any variety of attributes. Some are capable and some aren’t. ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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