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Billie Jean King Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Billie Jean King.

Champions keep playing until they get it right.
- Billie Jean King

Related topics: Sports

When I was outed, it was like, That's done.
- Billie Jean King

I would love to be a player today.
I had the right personality for it.
- Billie Jean King

I always wanted to help make tennis a team sport.
- Billie Jean King

 

At 62 you want to keep moving; that's important.
- Billie Jean King

If your partner wants to be private,
you have to respect that.
- Billie Jean King

Victory is fleeting.
Losing is forever.
- Billie Jean King

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I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.
- Billie Jean King

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking
place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
- Billie Jean King

A champion is afraid of losing.
Everyone else is afraid of winning.
- Billie Jean King

Sports are a microcosm of society.
- Billie Jean King (tennis player)

No one changes the world who isn't obsessed.
- Billie Jean King

I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.
- Billie Jean King

I always liked co-ed events best so we have two men
and two women on each team.
- Billie Jean King

I have a lot to say, and if I'm not No.
1, I can't say it.
- Billie Jean King

Women get the attention when we get into the men's arena,
and that's sad.
- Billie Jean King

I wanted to use sports for social change.
- Billie Jean King

It is very hard to be a female leader.
While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough,
has a soft side...
and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.
- Billie Jean King

When they take surveys of women in business,
of the Fortune 500, the successful women,
80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman.
- Billie Jean King

Martina's gone with people who don't want to be out,
and it drives her crazy because she'd rather be open.
- Billie Jean King

I think self-awareness is probably the most important
thing towards being a champion.
- Billie Jean King

It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences.
Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.
- Billie Jean King

I think younger players probably just think they are
who they are-they don't think about coming out.
Unless you're number one in the world,
nobody cares, usually.
- Billie Jean King

The main thing is to care.
Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.
- Billie Jean King

I think it's impossible to judge whether another person should come out.
You just hope they will on their own time and their own terms.
- Billie Jean King

That is where the power, opportunity,
and choice come from-when you have money.
Money equals opportunity.
There is no question.
- Billie Jean King

In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people
to accept girls and women as athletes.
We had to make it okay for them to be active.
Those were much scarier times for females in sports.
- Billie Jean King

In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar;
now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar.
In the area of finance and business,
we are at 68 cents on the dollar.
- Billie Jean King

I will tell you King's First Law of Recognition:
You never get it when you want it,
and then when it comes, you get too much.
- Billie Jean King

Everyone has people in their lives that are gay,
lesbian or transgender or bisexual.
They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody.
- Billie Jean King

The old boy network is still very strong and very true.
Just look at the stock exchange and how many men and women are there.
It is still very much run by men.
- Billie Jean King

Martina and I went through a very bad five years.
Everything's very good between us now,
but it was a long haul.
- Billie Jean King

I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in
any way that we wouldn't have a tennis tour.
- Billie Jean King

Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still
survive a lot better than the women.
But the women's ratings are better, at least at home
in the United States than in the men's tennis.
- Billie Jean King

Women's sports is still in its infancy.
The beginning of women's sports in the United States started in 1972,
with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.
- Billie Jean King

I love to promote our sport.
I love grass-roots tennis.
I love coaching.
I love all parts of the sport.
I love the business side.
- Billie Jean King

I like putting money back into what made my life,
and tennis has been great to me.
- Billie Jean King

Be bold.
If you're going to make an error, make a doozy,
and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
- Billie Jean King

A girl didn't get an athletic scholarship until the
fall of 1972 for the very first time.
- Billie Jean King

Sports teaches you character,
it teaches you to play by the rules.
Sports teaches you to know what
it feels like to win and lose,
it teaches you about life.
- Billie Jean King

In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without
her husband or father or a male signing off on it.
- Billie Jean King

I would just never out anybody.
I think everyone has to find it in their own way and their own time.
- Billie Jean King

When we reach the point where the women athletes are
getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes,
then we've really and truly arrived.
Parity at last!
- Billie Jean King

Ever since that day when I was 11 years old,
and I wasn't allowed in a photo because I wasn't wearing a tennis skirt,
I knew that I wanted to change the sport.
- Billie Jean King

It's fun to meet people from throughout the world who
you don't have to explain yourself to.
- Billie Jean King

Men still get a lot more opportunity.
It is still a big part of the old boy network.
They have more companies they can get money from.
- Billie Jean King

I didn't really care if I had a coach that much,
me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.
- Billie Jean King

I was always in the tennis business-from 1968.
I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.
- Billie Jean King

Any therapist will tell you that when you're ready,
you will come out.
To be outed means you weren't ready.
- Billie Jean King

There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League.
I got into tennis when I realized this,
and because I thought golf would be too slow for me,
and I was too scared to swim.
- Billie Jean King

They're not put on earth to be martyrs;
they have to want to come out.
It depends on your culture, where you work,
where you live.
Each person's circumstances are unique.
- Billie Jean King

Great champions have an enormous sense of pride.
The people who excel are those who are driven to show
the world and prove to themselves just how good they are.
- Nancy Lopez

True champions aren't always the ones that win,
but those with the most guts.
- Mia Hamm

An athlete must have ability to reach the top,
but many who have ability and who do not live clean
lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.
- Major Taylor

Venus told me the other day that champions don't get
nervous in tight situations.
That really helped me a lot.
I decided I shouldn't get nervous and just do the best I can.
- Serena Williams

The integral part of being a star is having the will to win.
All the champions have it.
- Betty Cuthbert

They will sustain the constitution and laws and institutions of the United States,
and be the champions of liberty and of that constitution
when its integrity shall be threatened.
- Lorenzo Snow

We've gotta give Richard Williams a lot of credit -
to give us two number one champions is a phenomenal feat.
- Tracy Austin

In Cuba we use our champions to promote the sport.
- Alberto Juantorena

We knew that you don't get to be world champions without a struggle.
- Eric Cantona

The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back.
The great champions have all come back from defeat.
- Sam Snead

The Champions League is the competition everyone wants to be in.
- Steven Gerrard

I'm happy to belong to this group of top champions having excelled here.
- Hermann Maier

The American Communists had thrived as champions of domestic reform.
- Earl Browder

A jacket commemorating the Germans as champions of
the 1990 World Cup is out of date two weeks after the event has passed.
- Thomas Harrison

Feedback is the breakfast of champions.
- Ken Blanchard

Regaining the Champions Cup is not going to be easy.
- Luis Figo

I'll put you through hell, but at the end of it all we'll be champions.
- Bear Bryant

We were the best team in the world: European champions in 1984,
we qualified without a hitch and 86 was to be the swan
song for a very experienced side.
- Michel Patini

What America demands in her black champions is a brilliant,
powerful body and a dull, bestial mind.
- Eldridge Cleaver

But I think the Champions League Final puts a massive
pressure on every player and the manager,
but we're enjoying the pressure and hopefully we can go there and win it.
- Steven Gerrard


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