You can't win unless you learn how to lose.

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The most revolutionary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they are executed.

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I don't get a big charge out of being the leading scorer.

The object of competing is winning. I just try to do what has to be done for us to win. That might be anything at the time - defense, rebounding, passing. I get great satisfaction out of being a team player.

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Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody.

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I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court.

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One man cannot make a team.

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My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay.

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The saying, "Those that don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it" doesn't just apply to politicians and world leaders, it applies to all of us on a daily basis.

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I could have skated by as an athlete, but the world is so much bigger and more interesting than any one thing. I didn't want to be pigeonholed as just a jock. I'm also an author, a student of history, and I collect memorabilia from the Wild West. I'm also a son, a father, and a friend.

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When I was at UCLA, the Harlem Globetrotters offered me a million dollars to come play for them. I turned it down because my education was just as important as playing ball.

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If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things happen. What we need are positive, realistic goals and the willingness to work. Hard work and practical goals.

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Each story, novel, poem and play presents a vision of the world that illuminates the dark cave of life we stumble through. We can see better where we're going, what sudden drop to avoid, where the cool water is running.

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Common decency demands that [NCAA athletes] should be paid, but the only way it will happen is the same way workers got paid throughout American history, through a strong union.

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About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Quotes 101 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

I love basketball, but playing basketball doesn't fully define who I am.

I was always a good student, too.

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What we need are positive, realistic goals and the willingness to work.

Hard work and practical goals.

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When the line started to blur between the fans and the players, sometimes things can get ugly.

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Basketball is an endurance sport, and you have to learn to control your breath;

that's the essence of yoga, too. So, I consciously began using yoga techniques in my practice and playing. I think yoga helped reduce the number and severity of injuries I suffered. As preventative medicine, it's unequaled.

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Alexander Hamilton realized that warfare was part and parcel of human nature, and it's something we had to prepare for.

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All the courage and competitiveness of Jackie Robinson affects me to this day.

If I patterned my life after anyone it was him, not because he was the first black baseball player in the majors but because he was a hero.

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I think Kwame will be an asset to the Lakers.

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I've had enough success for two lifetimes, My success is talent put together with hard work and luck.

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I don't really care who's doing drugs in the NBA as long as the scene isn't adversely affecting my team and teammates. I've known enough drug users-going as far back as grade school and the streets of New York-not to view them as pariahs or lost souls. I've certainly smoked more than my quota of weed.

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You play with your soul as well as your body.

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When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive that you could say about black people. That's a terrible burden.

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Ken Heitz got drafted by the Bucks the same year I did.

He went to their camp just for the experience, then dropped out to attend Harvard Law School. I always admired his combination of athleticism and brains.

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Culture and politics were inseparable [in the Sixties], which gave a soundtrack to political awareness and activism.

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The first time I shot the hook, I was in fourth grade, and I was about five feet eight inches tall. I put the ball up and felt totally at ease with the shot. I was completely confident it would go in. I've been shooting it ever since.

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But all was not sunshine and Marvin Gaye songs.

[UCLA] also recruited black students as part of a High Potential Program that was meant to bring diversity to the campus. Two of the students that were part of that program were Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter and John Huggins, Jr., both members of the Black Panther Party's Southern California Chapter.

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I had a moment like that with Wilt (Chamberlain).

He knocked me out of bounds, I came back and faked him, came across the middle and dunked on him.

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My English teacher, Dr. John Lindstrom, taught me an appreciation for the written word. Until his class, I'd dabbled in journalism and essay writing. But when he selected one of my essays as the best in the class, it gave me the confidence to see myself as a writer.

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I read that Hollywood wanted to film Fences years ago with a white director, but [August] Wilson refused. He thought that the director needed to have lived the culture of black Americans.

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The only reason is that I hadn't seen The Modern Jazz Quartet perform live and a live performance is often where the real experience of jazz takes place. I'm not familiar with the Boswell Sisters.

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I was a baseball fan myself, I wanted to play baseball.

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The Sixties was a perfect storm of disaffection with political leaders trying to pass off the same old platitudes to maintain the status quo and an unexpected courageousness in the masses of youth. Nothing on this scale had ever happened before in U.S. history and it hasn't happened since.

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The lifespan of most professional athletes is relatively short, and most have no preparation for doing anything after their career ends, which it could in an instant.

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We all had a lot of fun making the film ["Airplane" ], but there weren't a lot of outtakes or cracking up because we all were focused on doing our jobs in a professional manner.

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I was just starting out acting [doing "Airplane"] and wanted to be taken as a professional, not as an athlete doing a cameo.

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With 300 million people in America, you can fail to impress 299 million of them and still go platinum.

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[Coaching] is a difficult job which everyone who owns a TV thinks they can do better at.

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We don't have selfish guys here, which sometimes leads to problems.

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The constant expansion has diluted the talent. Other than that, it's still the same game.

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My biggest resource is my mind.

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I've kept in touch with many of my former teammates: Bob Marcucci was our team manager and we bonded over our passion for baseball.

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Kobe's an incredibly talented athlete, and there are many more like him among today's players.

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I was especially impressed with Pauley Pavilion [at UCLA campus ].

The floors hadn't been laid down yet, when they gave me the tour, each new room got my heart thumping. They even had a surgical operating room in case an athlete was severely injured.

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I think I did very well against everyone who tried to defend me.

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We want to show how hip-hop, which kind of fuels today's basketball stars, is directly related to jazz.

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But people don't know if I can teach the game.

I know I can. My experience in Oklahoma was positive. It opened my eyes to how the game is played - the interaction among players, fans and media, how all that works. You have to know about the business of the game and how the actions of players and coaches affect the business. I think I have it down now.

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I enjoy seeing new places.

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When I traveled through Greece in the '90s, everything [Albert Hoxie] taught me came flooding back and I was able to appreciate the art and culture much more because of him.

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