110+ Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Education, Basketball And Dominance

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Top 10 Shaquille O'Neal Quotes (BEST)

  1. The Big Cactus... because if you come too close, you're gonna get stuck.
  2. Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.
  3. They shot the ball well early. What comes out of the microwave hot doesn't always stay hot. I know, because I eat bagels in the morning.
  4. The stats win nothing. I'm still sexy. I'm still great.
  5. No one calls me out, I'm from LSU.
  6. I'm going back to the old Shaq. I was normal last year - I was an earthling last summer. I had to go back to my alien roots.
  7. If you're going to hire an assassin, let him go out and kill someone. I can't be Shaq taking six or seven shots.
  8. If you've got a Corvette that runs into a brick wall, you know what's going to happen. He's a Corvette. I'm a brick wall.
  9. I'm dominant every night. I come in every night and get beat up. I never make a face when they try to flagrant or hack-a-Shaq me, because I'm not from this planet. Earthlings don't faze me.
  10. He could be dominant - if he played in the WNBA.

Shaquille O'Neal Short Quotes

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  • Excellence is a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.
  • My secret? See it, and stay focused on it.
  • If you don't stick to simplicity, you'll die a horrible death.
  • Pluto is not a planet, but I am.
  • But, hey I did everything the right way and earned my spot in this game, nothing was given to me.
  • He's a jokester, and that's funny, very funny. Ha-ha. Very funny.
  • Enunciation, diction, all that stuff. None of that is in my personality.
  • (The Hack-A-Shaq is) just a way of telling me that you can't stop me. Thank you. I appreciate it.
  • Opinions are like belly buttons; everybody has one. I never knock a man for his opinion.
  • Keep in mind, I'm not allowed to be tough. I'm tamed.
 quote There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them.
There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them.

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Education

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To all the young people out there who think money and fame is important: that's only a small piece of the pie. You need an education to be totally secure in life. I feel very secure I can go get a real job now. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm very educated and can give you somewhat of a vocabulary, but I don't get to the philosophical side. — Shaquille O'Neal

It is not about how much money you make. The question is are you educated enough to KEEP it. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Life

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Sometimes I feel like the Tom Hanks character in Big. But my life is not a movie. I never have to go back to Coney Island to find the fortune-teller machine so I have to grow up again. — Shaquille O'Neal

Because I grew up with a drill sergeant in my life, I respect order and it really gave me the discipline to be a leader and not a follower. It also helped me stay out of trouble. — Shaquille O'Neal

The NBA is fairy tale and real life mixed together. — Shaquille O'Neal

I knew Rick Pitino was going to make them play that outbreak, monkey defense. He's been doing it all his life. — Shaquille O'Neal

We're going to miss Damon. He was a great shooter. . . . He got what he wanted, but he gave up a lot. No more night life, no more warm weather and no more a lot of media attention. . . . I guess this was his first shot at getting something big. I guess he had to take it. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Love

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The first movie [Grown Ups], people loved it and we felt that there were so many characters and so many good comic situations that there was enough material leftover for us to do a sequel. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm not the one buying love. He's the one buying love. — Shaquille O'Neal

My sons love LeBron more than they love me. I'm just a little jealous about it. — Shaquille O'Neal

I would love an extension, who wouldn't? If they offer me a $35 million-a-year extension, I'll sign it right now. I won't even read the contract. I'm just here to take care of business and I know can help give the city what it's looking for. — Shaquille O'Neal

I've been an athlete that's sort of in advance; always thinking. After basketball I'd love to have my own radio show, my own TV show. — Shaquille O'Neal

Thank God I had two parents who loved me enough to stay on my case. — Shaquille O'Neal

I love the Miami atmosphere. — Shaquille O'Neal

We would love to have Gary down here. He's still tenacious on defense, and I know he still wants [a title]. And I'm the only guy in the world who can get him one. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Basketball

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Once the Hack-a-Shaq works once, you know I'm going to see it again. The only thing worse for basketball than that defense is the Lack-a-Shaq offense, where I have to go to the bench because of foul trouble. There is no fun in that. — Shaquille O'Neal

This summer is going to be a different summer for a lot of people. Everyone is going to take care of their own business and everyone is going to do what's best for them, including me. — Shaquille O'Neal

The Spurs are a great WNBA team. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm not going to try to go out there and outdo him. I don't have to try to outdo him, I'm Shaq. — Shaquille O'Neal

If you want Shaq to be Shaq, you've got to remember that Shaq is known for wreaking havoc offensively - 26,000-plus points without consistently making free throws. Don't have me doing something I'm not used to doing. I ain't used to being a pick-setter. Let me badda-bing, badda-bang. — Shaquille O'Neal

The Big Cactus. I will stick you. — Shaquille O'Neal

I really get motivated when I have doubters. — Shaquille O'Neal

We're focusing on the whole pie, not a slice. A slice is good, but it's not good enough to get you fat. We're trying to get fat. — Shaquille O'Neal

Tell Yao Ming, 'Ching-chong-yang-wah-ah-soh.' — Shaquille O'Neal

Kobe always tried to be a hero. But you know, as the saying goes, a hero ain't nothing but a sandwich. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Fun

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A lot of times when I buy a lot of toys, I get a little jealous and keep one or two for myself. So I've got a couple of drones. I've got a couple of remote-control cars. I like to have fun — Shaquille O'Neal

Somebody out there was trying to use my language and trying to speak for me. Rather than have that happen, I thought I'd do it myself. It's a fun thing. It's a way for fans to connect. — Shaquille O'Neal

The problem with kids these days is they don't have enough fun stuff to do. When I was stationed with my family in Germany, youth basketball programs gave me something to strive to do my best at. — Shaquille O'Neal

Stay out of the gentlemen's clubs. Get a lot of rest. Just have fun and relax and stay focused. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Play

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I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. — Shaquille O'Neal

This is a tough game. There are times when you've got to play hurt, when you've got to block out the pain. — Shaquille O'Neal

I blame Riley for my broken thumb, not Matt Geiger. That ain't defense Miami is playing. That's just chopping. I have no idea how his team gets away with it. I guess when you've been in the league 30 years you can do it. Respect, he gets it - he's like John Gotti. — Shaquille O'Neal

I don't get nervous in any situation. There's no such thing as nerves when you're playing games. — Shaquille O'Neal

Their unselfishness, the way they play and their poise factor. When you never panic, that's a great sign. — Shaquille O'Neal

I play against a front and a back every night, Ming does not have to do that, Duncan does not have to do that, Garnett doesn't do that. I am the only one that has to do that. — Shaquille O'Neal

Everybody talks about being a role model. But if you look up the word 'role' in a dictionary, it describes playing a part. Everything I'm into, it's real to me. There's nothing fake about it. — Shaquille O'Neal

Talk to the guys that ain't doing nothing, don't talk to me. I just want eight guys out there with me who want to play. — Shaquille O'Neal

Now I see why everybody who plays for him doesn't like him. — Shaquille O'Neal

A lot of coaches play percentages when it comes to me, but that's just a way of saying that you can't stop me. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Sports

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Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. — Shaquille O'Neal

I know that this is sport first and business second, and people have to do what's right for them. — Shaquille O'Neal

I made a 1,600 minus 800 minus 200 on the SAT, so I'm very intelligent when I speak. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me. And the one guy who didn't vote for me, thank you, too. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Changed

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I'm always ready for a change. I'm Irish. I'm a leprechaun. — Shaquille O'Neal

I don't believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you've changed because now you have money. — Shaquille O'Neal

The NBA's been around how long? A hundred years? Fifty years? So to change it now, whoever that person is needs his college degree revoked....Whoever did that needs to be fired. It was terrible, a terrible decision. Awful. I might get fined for saying that, but so what? — Shaquille O'Neal

I don't think anything of Laura Frank. You heard me - Laura Frank. Not Lawrence. Laura... It's not that I blame him, I just wish he'd go to a manly tactic and just fight me. Don't whine. When he whines, that's when I change his name of Lawrence Frank. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On People

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I take it personal when people don't double me. It's against my religion not to double me. It upsets me. It makes me think they're saying to themselves I don't have it anymore. — Shaquille O'Neal

As a basketball fan, I get sick and tired of people talking about numbers. To me, the world is getting too materialistic. — Shaquille O'Neal

We know what we have to do. I know I have to get up in the morning, put my underwear on first and then put my pants on first. I don't need people to tell me that. — Shaquille O'Neal

I dribble rhymes like basketball... People call me 'E.T.' What's that, Shaq man? 'Extra Tall.' — Shaquille O'Neal

That is why one day I said my game will be like the Pythagorean Theorem - hard to figure out. A lot of people really don't know the Pythagorean Theory. They don't make them like me anymore. They don't want to make them like that anymore. — Shaquille O'Neal

You know what's crazy about Yao? He speaks perfect English. A lot of people don't know that. Perfect English. When I was over there, I called him. He's like, 'Whassup big fella?' Perfect English! — Shaquille O'Neal

When you've got a guy that's going to look for you, you run. A lot of people think I can't run, but my thing was I wasn't going to be running if you're not going to throw it. I know Nash will throw it. — Shaquille O'Neal

As a military child I first learned how to deal with different types of people and how to deal with order. — Shaquille O'Neal

I said what I felt, and people try to control people. But you can never control me. I'm a 31-year-old juvenile delinquent. Nobody can control me. — Shaquille O'Neal

I just want to keep people entertained. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Quotes On Clubs

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I can't remember the names of all the clubs we went to. — Shaquille O'Neal

If he wants to get that next contract, he's going to have to go to the New York Athletic Club three times a day and just ride the bike. — Shaquille O'Neal

About strip clubs and athletes. The best way I can explain why a lot of players end up there is because it's one of the safest places a high-profile person can spend time in a boring city. — Shaquille O'Neal

I failed, I think, seven [or] eight times before I finally got my first [championship]. It was just, you know, just about me growing up. Now that I'm an old, old veteran-age 29-I do things a lot differently. I don't go to the gentlemen's clubs anymore. I had to slow that down. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Famous Quotes And Sayings

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I had orders from the great Bill Russell. Me and him were talking in Seattle the other day, and he was telling me how rivalries should be. I asked him if he ever disliked anybody he played against, and he told me, 'No, never,' and he told me that I should shake Kobe Bryant's hand and let bygones be bygones and bury the hatchet. — Shaquille O'Neal

I am aware that most people only see me as Shaq... the guy on the court. But there is another side to who I am, Shaquille O'Neal. And Shaquille O'Neal wants to explore every part of life. He wants the opportunity to pursue all of his desires. That includes being a part of the music industry as an MC. Music is and will always be a part of who I am. — Shaquille O'Neal

Yeah, D-Wade called me up last night and said that he saw some film of me in high school and thinks that my form then was better and that I should shoot like that. I told him I'd think about it and then my pops called and said something like that so I decided to revert back and then. — Shaquille O'Neal

Somebody asked me about this the other day. A young Shaq and a young Penny, the young Shaq's going to take over. A medium Shaq and a young Kobe, the medium Shaq is going to take over. Now you've got an older Shaq and a young Dwyane; you step aside, you let him do his thing and you just do what's asked of you. — Shaquille O'Neal

I endorse only products I actually use. Like Wheaties keeps offering me money, but I don't eat Wheaties, so I can't do it. Now, if Rice Krispies or Frosted Flakes offered me a deal, I'd take it right away. Apple Jacks, I'd be on the box in a heartbeat. Apple Shaqs. Yeah. — Shaquille O'Neal

Some things you just can't question. Like you can't question why two plus two is four. So don't question it, don't try to look it up. I don't know who made it, all I know is it was put in my head that two plus two is four. So certain things happen. Why does it rain? Why am I so sexy? I don't know. — Shaquille O'Neal

Anyone can win a slam-dunk contest. The real Superman is dead. He was assassinated by Pat Riley. I'm the Big Cactus now and ready to roll again. — Shaquille O'Neal

I just want everyone to know I'm suing Ruben Studdard. He had his hand on my ass and he wouldn't let go. — Shaquille O'Neal

I started out as a young Ninja and killed all of the Shoguns. I am a Shogun now and I'm holding my spot. There probably won't be another Shogun after this. — Shaquille O'Neal

One time, I put up 40, 50 points dunking on Shawn Bradley. After the game, he brought his family over. He was like, 'This is my wife. She wants to take a picture.' I'm like, 'Nice to meet you.' I smile into the camera, take the picture, and then feel guilty about dunking on him so many times. — Shaquille O'Neal

As my great friend Aristotle said, 'If you cannot command, you must learn to listen.' I'm not the hierarchy here. I am a worker bee. — Shaquille O'Neal

I make the game easy. Double and triple me, I'll kick it out to you for a wide-open shot. I'll add years to your career. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm an unorthodox type of guy, a funny guy - at least I think I'm funny. And one of the things I like to do is come up with nicknames for myself. — Shaquille O'Neal

You guys make the rules up, so a foul is a foul. It doesn't matter if a guy is bigger and stronger. It's not my fault I ate my Frosted Flakes when I was little, and you ate Wheaties. — Shaquille O'Neal

If you take a needle and stick her in the booty and take a needle and stick me in the booty, we're both going to say ouch. — Shaquille O'Neal

There was a kid that had five brothers and sisters, and the family was missing for like five days. I was watching TV, they [found each other] and now they're in San Antonio. So I bought them a little apartment in San Antonio. But I'm doing stuff like that all over. — Shaquille O'Neal

How did Mike Bibby get on the team? Any Cub Scout with Boy Scouts can do Boy Scoutish things. When Bibby was in the Cub Scouts, he was a Cub Scout. When he was with Vancouver, nobody heard about him. Now that he's with Sacramento... he's on the team. I ain't going. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm very excited about my new agreement with the Heat. This contract allows me to address all of my family's long-term financial goals while allowing the Heat the ability to acquire those players that we need to win a championship. — Shaquille O'Neal

You gotta fight all the karate guys, and once you kill them off, now you gotta get to the ninjas. Once you get through the ninjas, now you gotta get to the showmen. Now me, I'm the showman of big men. — Shaquille O'Neal

It was a cheap shot. They won the game, move on. My thing is, I don't ask for a lot, but I demand my respect, especially from a guy like that. — Shaquille O'Neal

I want to be known as 'The Big Shakespeare.' It was Shakespeare that said, 'Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them.' — Shaquille O'Neal

Obviously, Sam is the type of guy that hides behind his pen and pad. I promise you he wouldn't say that to my face in a dark alley where it's just me and him and no witnesses. — Shaquille O'Neal

The best quality about Kobe Bryant? You want me to be honest? I don't know. I'll tell you why. I open my arms to everybody. But he never stepped forward for the embrace. So I never really got to know him. I don't know anything about him, and it's kinda sad. — Shaquille O'Neal

Well, Doctor, I don't have the diagnosis on that. I'll be sure to do a physical checkup and get back to you. — Shaquille O'Neal

It was a weird game. There was ugly shooting and a lot of turnovers and mistakes, and we were just fortunate to get the win. I should have done better, but it was just a very ugly and weird game... I knew the game was going to be an ugly game when I saw those three guys at the scorer's table. Ugly people call ugly games. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm a realist. I like to put it in business terms. I ran three different corporations my way and I was successful. But I'm an older guy who is on his way out so they brought me in as a consultant for the new, up-and-coming CEO. I'm here for him. — Shaquille O'Neal

In this millennium that we live in, the 'Hack-a-Shaq'has proven not to work. It might work a couple games every now and then, but when it comes to the playoffs or a championship series, it doesn't work - not at all. — Shaquille O'Neal

Some of my favorite songs--and I don't know if this is the right terminology--are white-boy classics. — Shaquille O'Neal

Being that I'm a tropical black man I don't get to see much snow. When I see snow I go crazy. That's why they call me Sasquatch. There's no Sasquatch found in the snow so I had to go back to my Sasquatchian roots. — Shaquille O'Neal

There's no answer for my offense, just like the polythagorean theorem. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm more like a senior adviser so I don't like to come in here and try to take over. Just like your basic karate movie where the young guys come to the old guys with beards who have them do weird stuff to get to the other side. That's who I am, the old guy with a long beard. — Shaquille O'Neal

Stats don't matter. I care about winning, not stats. If I score 0 points and we win I'm happy. If I score 50, 60 points, break the records, and we lose, I'm pissed off. 'Cause I knew I did something wrong. I'll have a hell of a season if I win the championship and average 20 points a game. — Shaquille O'Neal

Guys have made livings off me. Nick Anderson got a new contract. Travis Knight got a new contract off me. As a matter of fact, Derek Fisher called me yesterday to thank me. If you double me, I'm kicking out to Eddie, who's the best shooter in the East. Or I'm going to give it to Dwyane, or put it on the ground and come bang on you. — Shaquille O'Neal

Win or lose, I am programmed to do more. That's because I am the other son of Jorel - Superman. — Shaquille O'Neal

If I get that thing down there in that area, that's 67% lifetime. If you don't believe me, Google it. I'm on the Internet. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm not worried about facing the Sacramento Queens. Write it down. Take a picture. I'm not going to talk about this all year. When I get back, there's going to be trouble. — Shaquille O'Neal

I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, 'Hey, here's $7 million, come in and do this genie movie.' What am I going to say, no? So I did it. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'll hit them when it matters. — Shaquille O'Neal

The first three championships that I won, I won them. I had big numbers and I won them. And last year, the guys won it for me. They won it for the big guy. Numbers are overrated. There's a lot of guys in this league who can say they've got great numbers. But they can't say they've got four rings in the last six years. — Shaquille O'Neal

That was a foul, young lady. You know that was a foul. Don't ask dumb questions. — Shaquille O'Neal

Get your tickets now. Buy cable now. Get your jerseys now. Pull your boats up to the docking stations now. Bring your Sea-Doos now. If you can't afford a Sea-Doo, get a raft. — Shaquille O'Neal

Can't nobody [mess] with me. I'm like toilet paper, Pampers and toothpaste. I'm definitely proven to be effective. — Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal has always been one to speak the truth. — Shaquille O'Neal

Doesn't matter. If I would've had a beer before the game, I would've been drunk. So I don't believe in 'if.' — Shaquille O'Neal

You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. You all should be spanked for this. — Shaquille O'Neal

I have orders not to come back until I'm a thousand percent. — Shaquille O'Neal

I would like to be referred to as 'The Big Aristotle'. — Shaquille O'Neal

Incense. Books. Just weird. — Shaquille O'Neal

If you go around the league, anybody with the last name 'vich' is a great shooter. Radmanovic, Vujacic... all those 'iches. — Shaquille O'Neal

I've been 11, 12 percent body fat my whole career. But when you've got a big, sexy, beautiful man that's up in the 340s, 350s, the way you guys were taught on this planet, you're going to automatically think it's fat. — Shaquille O'Neal

Me and Penny are going to be the Kareem and Magic of the '90s. — Shaquille O'Neal

You like that analogy? That was pretty good? — Shaquille O'Neal

The only demise of Shaquille O'Neal will be his age. — Shaquille O'Neal

They are that same group, but I've got my own rivalristic problems. Is that a word, rivalristic? I've got my own rivalristic problems in the Eastern Conference. — Shaquille O'Neal

There is nothing to say because I know everything about him. I raised him. I know what's a charade, and I know what's not a charade. I'll leave it at that. — Shaquille O'Neal

I'm like President Bush. You may not like me, you may not respect me, but you voted me in. — Shaquille O'Neal

Life Lessons by Shaquille O'Neal

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  1. Shaquille O'Neal is a great example of how hard work and dedication can lead to success. He worked hard to become one of the best basketball players of all time and has used that success to become an entrepreneur and philanthropist.
  2. His determination and resilience have taught us that failure is not the end, but rather an opportunity to learn and grow. He has demonstrated that success is not just about the money, but about making an impact in the lives of others.
  3. His life story has shown us that with dedication and perseverance, anything is possible, no matter the odds.

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