In life, winning and losing will both happen. What is never acceptable is quitting.— Magic Johnson
The most sensitive Magic Johnson quotes that are little-known but priceless
Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
I want to be here for a long time, so I am going to do everything I have to do to be here.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.
You're the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it.
I motivate others by making sure that they understand to go after their dreams and dont let anyone tell you you cant. If you are motivated enough and put the work in that you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to.
For me, it always goes back to something I learned in basketball.
There's winning and there's losing, and in life you have to know they both will happen. But what's never been acceptable to me is quitting.
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I'm going to show everybody, I'm going to work hard to get better and better.
I am a businessman. This is what I do each and every day. I love it. I love coming to work. I never have a bad day.
When I'm under the gun and I've got pressure on me, I don't panic.
I look for the right solution, and then I go for it.
When I first found out I had HIV, I had to find somebody who was living with it, who could help me understand my journey and what I was going to have to deal with day-to-day. I found out that a person named Elizabeth Frazier was living with AIDS at the time, and so I called her up, and she took a meeting with me.
I never think that there's something I can't do, whether it's beating my opponent one on one or practicing another hour because something about my game is just not right.
I really want people to know that I've worked hard, very hard, to get to where I am today.. this didn't just happen overnight. I started in business over 25 years ago and have found a way to build on what I've learned through every partnership and opportunity.
Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.
If you're a competitive person, that stays with you.
You don't stop. You always look over your shoulder.
There's Michael [Jordan], then there's the rest of us.
They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.
When you are a successful business person, you are only as good as your team.
No one can do every deal alone.
I love to be in the ballpark. I love to just go in and enjoy a great baseball game, a great pitchers' duel.
Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.
The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.
It's almost like we have ESPN.
You don't have to be Magic to be special. You're already special, you're you.
Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing.
To me, everything is wonderful. Life is wonderful.
The real story is that I had unprotected sex. That's that. That's easy.
I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity, even when others could not, and I stay committed to doing it and doing it well, no matter what.
My diet is mostly chicken and fish. I make sure I get a lot of vegetables, a lot of fruit. I am a big fruit man, I am a vegetable man anyway. And I also get a lot of rest. That's the key I may be up early, but I'm in bed early too.
We cut him off and there was nowhere for him to go but out of bounds .
.. It's still the greatest move I've ever seen in basketball, the all-time greatest.
I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age.
I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.
I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and AIDS.
Even when I went to the playground, I never picked the best players.
I picked guys with less talent, but who were willing to work hard and had the desire to be great.
The important thing is this Just because I'm doing well doesn't mean that they're going to do well if they get HIV. A lot of people have died since I have announced. This disease is not going anywhere.
I tell you, it's funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.
I love business. I love helping urban communities grow. I love putting people to work of color. I love making sure - like right now the whole mortgage crisis, I want to help people get back into their homes.
On the best tactic when playing alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar- Just give him the ball.
Once Michael gets up there he says, 'Well, maybe I'll just hang up here in the air for a while, just sit back.' Then all of a sudden, he says, 'Well, maybe I'll 360. No I changed my mind. I'll go up on the other side.' He's just incredible.
A lot of black guys always ask me, 'Did Larry Bird really play that good?' I said, 'Larry Bird is so good it's frightening.'
I only know how to play two ways: reckless and abandon.
Young people want you to be real with them.
Standing on that platform, I said a silent prayer.
I thanked God for giving me the strength and the opportunity to come back, to play basketball again, and to be part of that whole magnificent Olympic experience. It's a memory I will always cherish.
Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird.
Even as a fierce competitor I try to smile.
Don't give up! Be friends with people who help you work hard.
WE all have to play as a team to make the world a better place
Christmas Day was special because everybody is watching at home.
That's what I loved about Christmas Day because it shined the spotlight on the Lakers, on our team, and we knew that all of the other leagues were at home and millions of people were watching. So it made it a special day to play on Christmas.
You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick.
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything.
Jealousy is invariably a symptom. Just like right now with the whole mortgage crisis, I want to help people get back into their homes.
Any guy who can maintain a positive attitude without much playing time certainly earns my respect.