30 motivating Arthur Ashe Quotes

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It is quite easy to recognize Arthur Ashe because he was the first male African American Tennis player to win the US Open and Wimbledon singles title. There was no other African American man listed in the No. 1 ranking in the world before he was ranked. Similarly, he was the first person who was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Moreover, he remained an active activist too. When he knew that he got caught by contracted AIDS through blood transfusion, he raised awareness about the disease. But the time did not remain the same, and he died on February 6, 1993. On that day, we lose a legend, Arthur Ashe.

Inspiring Arthur Ashe quote
Inspiring Arthur Ashe quote

Here, I am listing a few of his quotes that will help you in the future. 

“Start where you are, use what you have.” — Arthur Ashe

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

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

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

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.”– Arthur Ashe

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

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

“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

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

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“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

“It doesn’t have to glitter to be gold.”– Arthur Ashe

“Fear isn’t an excuse to come to a standstill. It’s the impetus to step up and strike.”– Arthur Ashe

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

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“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

“You really are never playing an opponent. You are playing yourself.”– Arthur Ashe

“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

“The best way to judge a life is to ask yourself, “Did I make the best use of the time I had?”– Arthur Ashe

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

“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

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“Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis.”– Arthur Ashe

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

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

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

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“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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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