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Arthur Ashe Quotes About Life, Sports, Success, Racism, Hero, Friendship & Motivational! Arthur Robert Ashe Jr., a former world number one in tennis, won three Grand Slam titles throughout his illustrious professional career. Except for the French Open, he is the only black guy to have won a Grand Slam title. On July 10, 1943, he was born in Richmond, Virginia. He began playing tennis at an early age and went to Maggie L. Walker High School, where he was a tennis team member. When he graduated from high school in 1963, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) gave him a tennis scholarship.

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For the next four decades, he served his country in the U.S. military while taking occasional vacations from tennis to play. In 1968, he beat Tom Okker of the Netherlands in the final of the U.S. Open and won the championship. It was his maiden Grand Slam victory. In 1970, he defeated Dick Crealy to win the Australian Open. Since 1966 and 1967, he had lost the finals against Roy Emerson; this was a massive triumph. After an 11-year wait, a non-Aussie has finally won the crown!

His victory against Tom Gorman and Stan Smith in the French Open Men’s Doubles finals of 1971 came with Marty Riessen. His three-set victory against Jimmy Connors in 1975 was the first time a black man had won the Wimbledon Singles title. In 1985, Ashe was awarded to the International Tennis Hall of Fame to recognize his commitment to tennis. In 1993, he died of pneumonia caused by AIDS. His ideas and words were mainly about fairness, perseverance, hard work, courage, bravery, and inspiration.

Best Arthur Ashe Quotes

1. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

2. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.” – Arthur Ashe

3. “If you’re paid before you walk on the court, what’s the point in playing as if your life depended on it?” – Arthur Ashe

4. “I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do.” – Arthur Ashe

5. “From what we get, we can make a living. What we give; however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe

6. “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

7. “When bright young minds can’t afford college, America pays the price.” – Arthur Ashe

8. “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

9. “My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.” – Arthur Ashe

10. “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” – Arthur Ashe

11. “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe

12. “Drummed into me, above all, by my dad, by the whole family, was that without your good name, you would be nothing.” – Arthur Ashe

13. “Clothes and manners do not make the man, but where he is made they greatly improve his appearance.” – Arthur Ashe

14. “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.” – Arthur Ashe

15. “We must reach out our hand in friendship both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy. We must believe in the power of education.” – Arthur Ashe

16. “I may not be walking with you all the way, or even much of the way, as I walk with you now. Don’t be angry with me if I am not there in person, alive and well, when you need me. I would like nothing more than to be with you always.” – Arthur Ashe

17. “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

18. “You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.” – Arthur Ashe

19. “The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.” – Arthur Ashe

20. “You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.” – Arthur Ashe

21. “There is a syndrome in sports called ”paralysis by analysis.” – Arthur Ashe

22. “A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.” – Arthur Ashe

23. “I accepted the fact 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

24. “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

25. “I don’t want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments.” – Arthur Ashe

26. “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

27. “You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.” – Arthur Ashe

28. “I have always drawn strength from being close to home.” – Arthur Ashe

29. “Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.” – Arthur Ashe

30. “Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time.” – Arthur Ashe

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