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44 Inspirational Billie Jean King Quotes (TENNIS)

Top 10 Most Famous Billie Jean King Quotes (BEST)

Reputation is what others think about you. What's far more important is character, because that is what you think about yourself.
Reputation is what others think about you. What’s far more important is character, because that is what you think about yourself.
Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose - it teaches you about life.
Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose – it teaches you about life.
Face your fears; live your passions, be dedicated to your truth.
Face your fears; live your passions, be dedicated to your truth.
Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great.
Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It’s dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great.
Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.
It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.
It’s just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let’s start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.
The most important words that have helped me in life, when things have gone right or when things have gone wrong, are 'accept responsibility.'
The most important words that have helped me in life, when things have gone right or when things have gone wrong, are ‘accept responsibility.’

8 Inspirational Billie Jean King Quotes About Life

My whole life has been about equal rights and opportunities. For me it really goes back to the health of mind, body and soul.
My whole life has been about equal rights and opportunities. For me it really goes back to the health of mind, body and soul.
Don't let anyone define you. You define yourself.
Don’t let anyone define you. You define yourself.
Pressure is a privilege — it only comes to those who earn it.
Pressure is a privilege — it only comes to those who earn it.
The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.
The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.
That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.
That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.
I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.
I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.
It's fun to meet people from throughout the world who you don't have to explain yourself to.
It’s fun to meet people from throughout the world who you don’t have to explain yourself to.
I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.
I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.

3 Billie Jean King Quotes on Change

Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn't allowed in a photo because I wasn't wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport.
Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn’t allowed in a photo because I wasn’t wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport.
I wanted to use sports for social change.
I wanted to use sports for social change.
No one changes the world who isn't obsessed.
No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.

7 Billie Jean King Quotes on Tennis

“As a tennis player, it taught me so many lessons in life. One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me I have to make a decision. I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit a ball.”

Billie Jean King
I was always in the tennis business-from 1968. I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.
I was always in the tennis business-from 1968. I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.
I love to promote our sport. I love grass-roots tennis. I love coaching. I love all parts of the sport. I love the business side.
I love to promote our sport. I love grass-roots tennis. I love coaching. I love all parts of the sport. I love the business side.

“Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women’s ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men’s tennis.”

Billie Jean King
I didn’t really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.
I didn’t really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.
I like putting money back into what made my life, and tennis has been great to me.
I like putting money back into what made my life, and tennis has been great to me.

“There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.”

Billie Jean King

9 Wise Billie Jean King Quotes that will make You Think (WISDOM)

“Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody.”

Billie Jean King
I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.
I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.
Sometimes you have to be satisfied. You try hard enough. Don’t be so self-critical; don’t be so hard on yourself.
Sometimes you have to be satisfied. You try hard enough. Don’t be so self-critical; don’t be so hard on yourself.
I will tell you King's First Law of Recognition You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.
I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.

“Winning is very tangible, it’s very exciting, it’s very pleasing, but it’s momentary. If you can do things that last, that each generation can build upon, then that’s when you’re cooking.”

Billie Jean King
At 62 you want to keep moving; that's important.
At 62 you want to keep moving; that’s important.
If your partner wants to be private, you have to respect that.
If your partner wants to be private, you have to respect that.
I have a lot to say, and if I'm not No. 1, I can't say it.
I have a lot to say, and if I’m not No. 1, I can’t say it.
Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.
Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.

7 Billie Jean King Quotes on Gender Equality

“In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar; now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar. In the area of finance and business, we are at 68 cents on the dollar.”

Billie Jean King
When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then we've really and truly arrived.
When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then we’ve really and truly arrived.
I have often been asked whether I am a woman or an athlete. The question is absurd. Men are not asked that. I am an athlete. I am a woman.
I have often been asked whether I am a woman or an athlete. The question is absurd. Men are not asked that. I am an athlete. I am a woman.
In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.
In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.
Women get the attention when we get into the men's arena, and that's sad.
Women get the attention when we get into the men’s arena, and that’s sad.
I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldn't have a tennis tour.
I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldn’t have a tennis tour.

“It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side and a female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.”

Billie Jean King

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