Now is the most exciting time in fashion. Women are controlling their destiny now, the consumer is more knowledgeable, and I have to be better every single day.

I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant.

You have to execute. You have to sacrifice your body.

I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops.

Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors.

We're dealing with sophisticated customers.

What's most important to these women is individuality. I have to create things she'll want to wear, no matter who she is.

 image quote by Oscar de la Renta

The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.

I wanted this, I wanted to do this, but my work is me, and it has to be right.

I wasn't playing mind games with anybody, I just said what I said.

I am responsible for it, but I wish everybody would fall asleep for that one and let me go out there and do my thing.

I believe that if you're healthy, you're capable of doing everything.

There's no one else who can give you health but God, and by being healthy I believe that God is listening to me.

I just try to do what I have to do and let the people out there do what they have to do, which is have fun, scream, yell and jump around. I try to do what I have to do, which is play baseball, and I can only play in that piece of area there, so that's what I try to do.

You just have to go as far as you can go. Everyone works his way up.

I showed people that it's not about guessing what people can do.

It's about saying, 'Here, show me what you can do.'

Everybody has something to prove each year.

Everybody has a responsibility in this game. Even the batboy.

All I like to do is work every day and have an idea what I want to do.

Through the years I've been getting better and better and better, and it's what you learn though the seasons.

I come to play everyday.

I swing hard all the time. That's what I've done my whole life - hit.

I win or I die.

You can't worry if it's cold; you can't worry if it's hot; you only worry if you get sick. Because then if you don't get well, you die.

There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is, 'You never know.'

I throw the ball ninety-two miles an hour, but they hit it back just as hard.

If I wanted to pitch that bad, I probably would. But I don't think I'm in that stage.

I'm open to play for anybody that would give me respect, treat me the right way, and actually going to make me feel comfortable.

Whether you like it or not, the last few years I'd be the first one to tell you I haven't been the Pedro Martinez that I'm used to being.

I understand business and understand the ugly face of baseball, which is the business part of baseball.

My first ball I ever got from a Big League player I actually got to purchase in Dodger Stadium in a silent auction, was Reggie Jackson.

The game doesn't change.

Only God knows why I didn't make it with the Mets, but yes, in a short period of time, I got the opportunity with the Phillies.

I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is something that the Dominican people expected.

Some of the things I've done are really special.

I get a lot of kids distracted. Sometimes they got to go cover left field, but they're over here talking to me, getting an autograph.

I do miss competing, being out there - the atmosphere, I do miss it.

Some other things I don't miss: the media and the pressure of just being asked to do, and being asked questions every day.

I'm thankful for not ever taking anything illegal.

If you want to follow some good steps, it would Proverbs, all over.

I doubt that I will get involved with politics. That's something I don't have in me.

Before, if I wasn't in baseball, I wanted to become a doctor.

My brother never got an opportunity to throw a pitch, and I didn't want the same thing to happen to another young kid.

I had the opportunity to go with some other teams.

But I didn't consider those teams to be contenders, and I was right.

None of the teams that actually probably were offering me a job from the getgo, actually in spring training, are in the playoffs right now.

Actually the adrenaline of the game will probably help me out a little bit to regain command and concentration about the things that I have to do.