For years I felt that I didn't have enough stamina and then, four years ago, I felt like I was not getting enough air but I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma. The medicine for asthma never worked.— Venus Williams
The most special Venus Williams quotes that will inspire your inner self
Just believe in yourself. Even if you don't, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.
My motto is: I'm alive, so that means I can do anything.
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there.
In my mind, I'm always the best. If I walk out on the court (and) I think the next person is better, I've already lost.
Losses have propelled me to even bigger places, so I understand the importance of losing. You can never get complacent because a loss is always around the corner. It's in any game that you're in - a business game or whatever - you can't get complacent.
Of course, I want to be number one. But being happy and healthy is the most important thing.
Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill, but you can't play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.
If I cared deeply about what people thought of me, I probably would have never made it out of Compton, California.
My first job is big sister and I take that very seriously.
I don't have time to be negative.
My motto has always been that you can't say, 'Oh, it won't happen to me.
' You have to say, 'That can happen to me.' So always be aware that things can happen.
It is very important not to think about losing.
I don't come to tournaments to make friends, to go to parties, to hold conversations. I come to be the best, and I'm not mean and cruel and dirty.
I have been recently diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain.
I don't carry a purse when I fly because I have my Hello Kitty carry-on.
I'm the biggest adult supporter.
If you give me a short shot I will attack you.
I'm not a baseliner who rallies. I try to get the point over with.
It's a great feeling to have accomplished what I have, but I want to do more.
So what if you fail? At least you'll know what not to do when you try again.
Some people say I have attitude - maybe I do...but I think you have to.
You know, growing up my - you know, I came from Compton, Calif.
, and, you know, it was a place where a lot of people did come out when a lot of people stayed. So I've been able to see the top and the bottom of life, and I think that balances you if you allow it to and if you remember where you came from.
I'm this overachiever type, I'll just work and work and I'll just do it over and over and over again.
Unfortunately the world is what it is now.
People don't get along for whatever reason. As professional athletes, in a way we're almost ambassadors for peace, because sports brings everyone together.
I always like to win. But I'm the big sister. I want to make sure she has everything, even if I don't have anything. It's hard. I love her too much. That's what counts.
Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.
Rain is good for me. I feel like I achieve clarity actually when it rains. The longer I have to sit and wait, the clearer my game becomes to me.
If you're not a competitor, you've just got to go home.
My style is kind of eclectic and I don't like to do the same thing over and over again. I like to have fun and explore myself so you won't see the same design.
Workout. Lead a balanced life and try to have fun. It's what you make it.
I guess it's a little bit sentimental, but at the time I was really very focused in on really my performance. Afterward, it was really just a breath of fresh air, just like, 'Oh, yes, I'm back now. I'm doing good.'
When you lose, you're more motivated.
When you win, you fail to see your mistakes and probably no one can tell you anything.
I'm only seeing tennis balls these days. And maybe the occasional fashion sketch.
I have a lot of dreams, and most of them come true these days.
Chiropractic gives me the flexibility I need to keep in the game.
As far as everyone else's opinion, I mean, if I would have thought that everyone was right, I probably wouldn't have left Compton, so I don't get too caught up on what the next person thinks.
When you step out on the court, I don't think anybody thinks about age.
Because if you're out on this tour it means you deserve to be here. You've got the skill. It must mean you know how to play.
I know it's not the most important thing for me to win the most grand slams and be remembered in this world. I certainly don't have to win satellite tournaments here there and everywhere, I don't have to win at all. Although I do want to.
If I didn't play tennis I don't know where I'd be.
I feel amazing right now. I just feel like dancing.
I think every single point will be important, .
. I think more than anything, I'll just have to be able to compete better. When you're playing Serena Williams, you have to compete better than her. I got a lot of tricks from Serena just watching her. She inspired me so many times. I also got motivated by her in the early part of my career, and even now. I just have to compete better, bottom line.
Sjogren's is something you live with your whole life.
The good news for me is now I know what's happening after spending years not knowing... I feel like I can get better and move on.
I can walk around fine, but I don't have a desk job.
I LOVE RIHANNA. I LOVE THAT SHE IS HERSELF WITH NO APOLOGIES. HER SENSE OF STYLE AND SELF IS UNIQUE. I LOVE HOW SHE TRANSFORMS HERSELF WITH EACH ALBUM, EACH CAMPAIGN. ALWAYS EVOLVING. A TRUE ICON.
Sometimes, when there's a video montage.
I'm thinking, 'That's my life. Oh, my God, I did that.' Yeah, it's amazing.
Everybody's got their problems. The important thing is not to complain about it.
If Id lived prior to the 1980s, it would have been different, because I would have been playing to prove African Americans are equal. Now, I dont necessarily feel I have to play for black people, because obviously theyre doing everything in all sports. If I can go out there and play for myself and not feel I have to stand for something other than what I want to do, thats good.
A win's a win, unless it is not a win, and then it's not a win.
'Oh and Oh' is a tennis term... It's a nice way of saying you took your opponent to pieces.
It's a nice bonus but, you know, I have to pay taxes too. (after winning the Grand Slam Cup.
If I go down, it's never easy. At least my opponent knows they have to go to the end of the earth to take me out no matter what the circumstances. I do try to compete. Even if it's not your best day, I just try to walk off the court knowing I gave 100,000 percent.