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Jesse Owens Quote: “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “One chance is all you need.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “I always loved running. It was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “Running is real. It’s all joy and woe, hard as diamond. It makes you weary beyond comprehension, but it also makes you free.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “Life doesn’t give you all the practice races you need.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “The road to the Olympics, leads to no city, no country. It goes far beyond New York or Moscow, ancient Greece or Nazi Germany. The road to the Olympics leads – in the end – to the best within us.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “I decided I wasn’t going to come down. I was going to fly. I was going to stay up in the air forever.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “After I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand or have me up to their suite. But no one was going to offer me a job.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “I had four gold medals, but you can’t eat four gold medals.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “Although I wasn’t invited to shake hands with Hitler, I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “The lives of most men are patchwork quilts. Or at best one matching outfit with a closet and laundry bag full of incongruous accumulations. A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “We used to have a lot of fun. We never had any problems. We always ate. The fact that we didn’t have steak? Who had steak?”
Jesse Owens Quote: “It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it’s close.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “Hitler didn’t snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send me a telegram.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “When I came back, after all those stories about Hitler and his snub, I came back to my native country, and I could not ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn’t live where I wanted. Now what’s the difference?”
Jesse Owens Quote: “If you don’t try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody’s back yard.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “The black fist is a meaningless symbol. When you open it, you have nothing but fingers – weak, empty fingers. The only time the black fist has significance is when there’s money inside. There’s where the power lies.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “When I passed the Chancellor he arose, waved his hand at me, and I waved back at him. I think the writers showed bad taste in criticizing the man of the hour in Germany.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “The secret is, first, get a thoroughbred horse because they are the most nervous animals on earth. Then get the biggest gun you can find and make sure the starter fires that big gun right by the nervous thoroughbred’s ear.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “To a sprinter, the hundred-yard dash is over in three seconds, not nine or ten.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “I realized now that militancy in the best sense of the word was the only answer where the black man was concerned, that any black man who wasn’t a militant in 1970 was either blind or a coward.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “Every morning, just like in Alabama, I got up with the sun, ate my breakfast even before my mother and sisters and brothers, and went to school, winter, spring, and fall alike to run and jump and bend my body this way and that for Mr. Charles Riley.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “It’s like having a pet dog for a long time. You get attached to it, and when it dies you miss it.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn’t in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I’d learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “It dawned on me with blinding brightness. I realized: I had jumped into another rare kind of stratosphere – one that only a handful of people in every generation are lucky enough to know.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “It was bad enough to have toppled from the Olympic heights to make my living competing with animals. But the competition wasn’t even fair. No man could beat a race horse, not even for 100 yards.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “He was constantly on me about the job that I was to do and the responsibility that I had upon the campus. And how I must be able to carry myself because people were looking.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “I’d noticed him watching me for a year or so, especially when we’d play games where there was running or jumping.”
Jesse Owens Quote: “People come out to see you perform and you’ve got to give them the best you have within you.”
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