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Martina Navratilova Quote: “The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.”

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.

— Martina Navratilova



Martina Navratilova Quote: “Once you start believing in yourself, anything is possible. Once you start believing in yourself, your dreams take shape. The more you believe, the more you achieve.”

Once you start believing in yourself, anything is possible. Once you start believing in yourself, your dreams take shape. The more you believe, the more you achieve.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.”

Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.”

Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.”

Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.”

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I think the key is for women not to set any limits.”

I think the key is for women not to set any limits.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “The better I get, the more I realize how much better I can get.”

The better I get, the more I realize how much better I can get.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Just go out there and do what you’ve got to do.”

Just go out there and do what you’ve got to do.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not.”

Keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not.

— Martina Navratilova



Martina Navratilova Quote: “I shouldn’t say I’m looking forward to leading a normal life, because I don’t know what normal is. This has been normal for me.”

I shouldn’t say I’m looking forward to leading a normal life, because I don’t know what normal is. This has been normal for me.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “No matter where I go, I always make friends at the bridge table.”

No matter where I go, I always make friends at the bridge table.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “What matters isn’t how well you play when you’re playing well. What matters is how well you play when you’re playing badly.”

What matters isn’t how well you play when you’re playing well. What matters is how well you play when you’re playing badly.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Security used to be an inconvenience sometimes, but now it’s a necessity all the time.”

Security used to be an inconvenience sometimes, but now it’s a necessity all the time.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “The tennis ball doesn’t know how old I am. The ball doesn’t know if I’m a man or a woman or if I come from a communist country or not. Sport has always broken down these barriers.”

The tennis ball doesn’t know how old I am. The ball doesn’t know if I’m a man or a woman or if I come from a communist country or not. Sport has always broken down these barriers.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “If it feels right in your gut, this is who you are, this is what you do, this is what you feel, then don’t hide that. You just stick to it and the world will catch up.”

If it feels right in your gut, this is who you are, this is what you do, this is what you feel, then don’t hide that. You just stick to it and the world will catch up.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Just put one foot in front of the other and don’t worry about the length of the path. Once you get on that path, and the longer you stay on it, there eventually will come a time when you will not turn back.”

Just put one foot in front of the other and don’t worry about the length of the path. Once you get on that path, and the longer you stay on it, there eventually will come a time when you will not turn back.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I am not looking for perfection. I look for the best in me.”

I am not looking for perfection. I look for the best in me.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Tennis has given me soul.”

Tennis has given me soul.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “People who are rich want to be richer, but what’s the difference? The toys get different, that’s all. The rich guys buy a football team, the poor guys buy a football. It’s all relative.”

People who are rich want to be richer, but what’s the difference? The toys get different, that’s all. The rich guys buy a football team, the poor guys buy a football. It’s all relative.

— Martina Navratilova



Martina Navratilova Quote: “I came to live in a country I love; some people label me a defector. I have loved men and women in my life; I’ve been labeled the bisexual defector. Want to know another secret? I’m even ambidextrous. I don’t like labels. Just call me Martina.”

I came to live in a country I love; some people label me a defector. I have loved men and women in my life; I’ve been labeled the bisexual defector. Want to know another secret? I’m even ambidextrous. I don’t like labels. Just call me Martina.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Sachin was so focused. He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson.”

Sachin was so focused. He never looked like getting out. He was batting with single-minded devotion. It was truly remarkable. It was a lesson.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I just try to concentrate on concentrating.”

I just try to concentrate on concentrating.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Life is about challenges and how we face up to them and the attitude we take into every day life so hopefully we’ll be able to motivate people to do more with their life.”

Life is about challenges and how we face up to them and the attitude we take into every day life so hopefully we’ll be able to motivate people to do more with their life.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I’ve been active in animal rights and all kinds of environmental stuff and children’s charities over the years.”

I’ve been active in animal rights and all kinds of environmental stuff and children’s charities over the years.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “What I would tell girls coming up is just be yourself and don’t let people get in the way.”

What I would tell girls coming up is just be yourself and don’t let people get in the way.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “In Czechoslovakia there is no such thing as freedom of the press. In the United States there is no such thing as freedom from the press.”

In Czechoslovakia there is no such thing as freedom of the press. In the United States there is no such thing as freedom from the press.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “My worst memory is of my first dance lesson as a 14-year old in Prague. My mother put me in this silver and pink lame dress. My hair was all curled, and it was the first time I wore a garter belt. I felt so out of place!”

My worst memory is of my first dance lesson as a 14-year old in Prague. My mother put me in this silver and pink lame dress. My hair was all curled, and it was the first time I wore a garter belt. I felt so out of place!

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “On Chris Evert: Before I even met her, she stood for everything I admired in this country: poise, ability, sportsmanship, money, style.”

On Chris Evert: Before I even met her, she stood for everything I admired in this country: poise, ability, sportsmanship, money, style.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “When one man becomes more important than the country he’s supposed to be leading, this will always create a problem.”

When one man becomes more important than the country he’s supposed to be leading, this will always create a problem.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Variety is what I would recommend: As variety is the spice of life in food, so it is in exercise. Change it up. But most of all, don’t overdo it.”

Variety is what I would recommend: As variety is the spice of life in food, so it is in exercise. Change it up. But most of all, don’t overdo it.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I would have drunk a lot of Pinot Grigio if I’d lost after leading 5-2 in the third.”

I would have drunk a lot of Pinot Grigio if I’d lost after leading 5-2 in the third.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I’ve been in the twilight of my career longer than most people have had their career.”

I’ve been in the twilight of my career longer than most people have had their career.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Changes made to please others are unrealistic, but more important, they’re unfair to you.”

Changes made to please others are unrealistic, but more important, they’re unfair to you.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Losing still hurts, but that’s good. When it stops hurting, that’s when I stop playing.”

Losing still hurts, but that’s good. When it stops hurting, that’s when I stop playing.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I haven’t bought any leather articles for a very long time. My ideal is to be able to avoid all animal products, in food as well as clothing.”

I haven’t bought any leather articles for a very long time. My ideal is to be able to avoid all animal products, in food as well as clothing.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst.”

The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “You don’t have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you’re a good athlete, it doesn’t mean you’re not a woman.”

You don’t have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you’re a good athlete, it doesn’t mean you’re not a woman.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “The more people come out, the less it will be an issue.”

The more people come out, the less it will be an issue.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “There is no cheap way to achieve the ability to turn pro in tennis; it unfortunately is more expensive than team sports.”

There is no cheap way to achieve the ability to turn pro in tennis; it unfortunately is more expensive than team sports.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I hit some great shots in my lifetime; now I hit a decent shot and I get a standing ovation.”

I hit some great shots in my lifetime; now I hit a decent shot and I get a standing ovation.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “Sure I know where the press room is – I just look for where they throw the dog meat.”

Sure I know where the press room is – I just look for where they throw the dog meat.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “If I feel strongly, I say it. I know I can do more good by being vocal than by staying quiet. I’d have a whole lot more money if I lied, but I wouldn’t enjoy spending it.”

If I feel strongly, I say it. I know I can do more good by being vocal than by staying quiet. I’d have a whole lot more money if I lied, but I wouldn’t enjoy spending it.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “People in the States used to think that if girls were good at sports their sexuality would be affected.”

People in the States used to think that if girls were good at sports their sexuality would be affected.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “The longer I stay in the States, the more I understand how important it is to smile and seem like a nice guy. Like Ronald Reagan. Your image seems to count more than what you do.”

The longer I stay in the States, the more I understand how important it is to smile and seem like a nice guy. Like Ronald Reagan. Your image seems to count more than what you do.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I’m not involved in tennis but committed.”

I’m not involved in tennis but committed.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I’m an American. You can’t go on where you were born. If you do then John McEnroe would be a German.”

I’m an American. You can’t go on where you were born. If you do then John McEnroe would be a German.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “You can’t live in the past, there’s nothing you can do about it.”

You can’t live in the past, there’s nothing you can do about it.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “I think retirement beats the heck out of life after death, that’s for sure.”

I think retirement beats the heck out of life after death, that’s for sure.

— Martina Navratilova


Martina Navratilova Quote: “The more people come out, the less it will be an issue. Of we are ashamed of ourselves, how the hell can we expect the rest of the world not to be ashamed of us?”

The more people come out, the less it will be an issue. Of we are ashamed of ourselves, how the hell can we expect the rest of the world not to be ashamed of us?

— Martina Navratilova

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