I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.

Hitting is an art, but not an exact science.

If I fall, pick up the flag, kiss it, and keep on going.

Getting hit motivates me. It makes me punish the guy more. A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches.

I don't like Communism because it hands out wealth through rationing books.

I want to thank America. You opened your heart so I could enter. Thank you everybody who lives in the United States, who saw me grow into becoming a world champion.

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I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.

What is interesting in this is the exchange of music that occurred between New Orleans and Cuba, I mean, they had ferries that would go from one port to another.

Do you believe you're a starter or a benchwarmer? Do you believe you're an all-star or an also- ran? If the answers to these questions are the latter, your play on the field will reflect it. But when you've learned to shut off outside influences and believe in yourself, there's no telling how good a player you can be.

Every band had their own distinctive sound, but it was pretty much dancing music and rhythmic music with a tremendous emphasis on copying the Cuban models.

They're making a ton of money, and no one is getting a nickel.

And, he'd seen me in Panama, and he talked about maybe doing something in New York so I hooked it up when I came here and I recorded in 1969 my first album with Pete Rodriguez.

I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing.

She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang.

People are a lot smarter than anyone gives them credit for being.

So that I saw music as a way of documenting realities from the urban cities of Latin America.

So I went to Miami in '74 with my family and while I was there it became obvious that we needed money and we needed to do something, because my family, we left without anything really, and we didn't have any money to begin with.

So that when I came from Panama... my family was exiled in 1973 and they went to Miami.

So that when I came to New York again, it was, I'm not too sure right now, but it was '74 or '75. I went to Miami in '74 and then I came to New York, I think, at the end of '74.

Anywhere you had a commerce center, you had a lot of music.

De La Hoya doesn't know about salsa. He should keep on singing mariachis and leave the salsa to me. I'm good at salsa.

There is a special sensation in getting good wood on the ball and driving a double down the left-field line as the crowd in the ballpark rises to its feet and cheers. But, I also remember how much fun I had as a skinny barefoot kid hitting a tennis ball with a broomstick on a quiet, dusty street in Panama.

There was a point at which I thought I'd never get the most valuable player, especially the years I played at Minnesota. We never won a pennant there, we were far away from the big media centers of Los Angeles and New York, and I wasn't a flashy power hitter but a guy who hit to spots, who bunted and stole bases.

What I do not accept is the fact that so many people's talents were ripped off.

I was born in Panama, the Republic of Panama, on July 16, 1948 in Panama City, in an area called San Felipe.

When you've learned to believe in yourself, there's no telling how good a player you can be. That's because you have the mental edge.

I am not an animal in my personal life.

But in the ring there is an animal inside me. Sometimes it roars when the first bell rights. Sometimes it springs out later in a fight. But i can always feel it there, driving me and pushing me forward. It is what makes me win. It makes me enjoy fighting.

There was a lot of stuff happening in Havana that was being heard and appreciated by New Orleans musicians because of this situation. And vice versa.

I do not fight for free. But I was born to be a fighter.

I am not going to become crazy in the ring, because I am already crazy.

And I am not going to die in the ring. I am going to die in bed as an old man.

Every time I stepped into the ring, somebody wanted to kill me.

The wind is old, but it keeps blowing.

The way they dress here (California), your head is always in the stands.

All those bikinis, your eyes get tired.

I am not God but something similar

Everyone comes back. It makes no difference how far we wander, we always have our country, our land, in our souls and our minds.

It was very interesting, and we went to Germany and we toured Germany like we were a German band in 1985.

You know, it was uncomfortable doing the same thing. I don't like a rut.

A lot of times you're just conditioned by what's around you.

I didn't do drugs, I never did do drugs.

Never. I don't have any story of drugs, you know, to speak of. Never did drugs, never was interested in drugs and then I wasn't interested in the people around the drugs.

I think in New York we had respect and we would pretty much fill up the places where we went, but I never got the sense that we really were Number 1 here in New York among the Latin crowds.

We had something to say. Whenever we played, people didn't dance, they listened.

I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.

The grandmother, the mother, the worker, the student, the intellectual, the professional, the unemployed, everybody identified with the songs because they were descriptions of life in the city.

I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America.

In those days the big U.S. labels didn't have any particular interest in the Latin market.

It doesn't make sense for me to be a lawyer in a place where there is no law.

So that in 1974, when I graduated as a lawyer, I figured I'm not going to be a lawyer under a military regime.

Yes, I was going to law school and it was closed in '69.

So everything that ever happened, we knew about in Panama.

It's almost as if people think that in Latin America we're not hip to what's happening here.

But, when I was about thirteen, I began to sort of sing in my neighborhood.

Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation.