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Arthur Ashe Quotes

Tennis Player
Born On
1943-07-10
Died On
1993-02-06
Birth Place
Richmond
Death Place
New York City
Birth Sign
cancer
Father
Arthur Ashe Sr.
Mother
Mattie Cordell Cunningham Ashe
Spouse
Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
Nationality
American
Education
University of California, Los Angeles, Sumner High School, Maggie L. WalkerGovernor's School for Government and International Studies,
Sportspersons, Tennis Players
Arthur Ashe has left an undeniable mark in the field of tennis since he was the first African American to reach the highest position possible in this field. Climbing the ladder of success was quite a herculean task for this 3 time "Grand Slam" title winner. His mother passed away when Arthur was about 6 years, and his father was quite strict. The man was fond of Arthur but did not want him to misuse the fact that he did not have a mother. Consequently, Arthur led an extremely controlled childhood. The tennis champ says, "My father " kept me home, out of trouble. I had exactly 12 minutes to get home from school, and I kept to that rule through high school." One day Ashe found a tennis racket in a park near his house and thus began the incredible journey of a 7-year-old boy, who rose to become the world's number 1 tennis player. The last 14 years of this sportsman's life was beleaguered with terrible ailments, like AIDS and finally succumbed to the dreaded disease in 1993. A year before his death, the tennis player said in an interview that, suffering from AIDS was not the biggest burden in his life, but being black was. The tales of Ashe's struggle to taste success proves that if we want to succeed in life, there is absolutely nothing that can stop us.

You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.

Arthur Ashe

I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do.

Arthur Ashe

You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.

Arthur Ashe

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

Arthur Ashe

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.

Arthur Ashe

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

I accepted the face that as much as I want to lead others, and love to be around other people, in some essential way, I am something of a loner.

Arthur Ashe

A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.

Arthur Ashe

I don't want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments.

Arthur Ashe

When we were together, I loved you deeply and you gave me so much happiness I can never repay you.

Arthur Ashe

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.

Arthur Ashe

Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time.

Arthur Ashe

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

Arthur Ashe

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

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.

Arthur Ashe

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