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52 Julius Erving Quotes on Success (BASKETBALL)

Top 10 Most Famous Julius Erving Quotes (BEST)

“One of the most predictable things in life is there will be change. You are better off if you can have a say in the change. But you are ignorant or naïve if you don’t think there will be change, whether you want it to or not.”

Julius Erving
If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.
If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.
You can feel the vibes, feel the people pulling for you.
You can feel the vibes, feel the people pulling for you.
I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn't moved on me yet.
I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn’t moved on me yet.
I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.
I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.
I demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect.
I demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect.
It's better to stay too long than to leave too soon.
It’s better to stay too long than to leave too soon.

5 Motivational Julius Erving Quotes on Success

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
Attitude is altitude.
Attitude is altitude.
Goals determine what you're going to be.
Goals determine what you’re going to be.
The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
To be an innovator, you can't be worried about making mistakes.
To be an innovator, you can’t be worried about making mistakes.

2 Julius Erving Quotes on Greatness

To be great we need to win games we aren't supposed to win.
To be great we need to win games we aren’t supposed to win.
I wanted to undertake the challenge of daring to be great.
I wanted to undertake the challenge of daring to be great.

12 Julius Erving Quotes that Will Make You Think

“Teachers are sort of faced with a thankless task, because no matter how good they are, unless they find a way to personally rationalize the rewards of their effort, nobody else is really going to do it for them en masse.”

Julius Erving
When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.
When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.

“There’s the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people’s lives, things that had really happened.”

Julius Erving
One of the commitments that I personally have now is to a diverse approach to buying businesses, and the operation of those businesses.
One of the commitments that I personally have now is to a diverse approach to buying businesses, and the operation of those businesses.

“That was just my own personal program: I didn’t want to get too high over the good moments because I didn’t want to be saddened and depressed when things didn’t go as I had planned.”

Julius Erving
And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.
And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.

“When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many.”

Julius Erving
If you've experienced having control, you don't want to be moved to a subordinate position, if you have your druthers.
If you’ve experienced having control, you don’t want to be moved to a subordinate position, if you have your druthers.

“But you know, if you live an affluent lifestyle, there are all types of trappings that are there that you have to be cognizant of, and you’ve got to try and communicate freely and gain understanding about and then keep moving on, because you know, sometimes lifestyles are chosen for us as opposed to us choosing them.”

Julius Erving
You know, we always tried to rationalize by saying you take the good, you take the upside, you got to deal with the downside, you've to take the downside.
You know, we always tried to rationalize by saying you take the good, you take the upside, you got to deal with the downside, you’ve to take the downside.
They are taking steps, but they are baby steps.
They are taking steps, but they are baby steps.
As a kid, I played a lot of one-on-none.
As a kid, I played a lot of one-on-none.

10 Julius Erving Quotes on Playing Basketball

“I liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports.”

Julius Erving
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.

“When I get a chance to power jump off both legs, I can lean, twist, change directions and decide whether to dunk the ball or pass it to an open man. In other words, I may be committed to the air, but I still have some control over it.”

Julius Erving
When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.
When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.

“And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight – I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub – there were things that I liked about it.”

Julius Erving
Every team that I've played on, I've either been the captain or co-captain.
Every team that I’ve played on, I’ve either been the captain or co-captain.

“I grabbed 19 rebounds in my first professional game, and somehow found a way to score 20 points. I felt real good about it. I felt that this was the beginning of something good.”

Julius Erving
In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.
In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.

“When I played, the owners had the power. The prisoners are running the prison now, not the warden. The warden is strong and he has say so but, the balance of power is definitely with the players.”

Julius Erving
With the crowds on your side, it's easier to play up to your potential.
With the crowds on your side, it’s easier to play up to your potential.

2 Julius Erving Quotes on His Mother

“My mom is one of 14 children. She’s a great lady. She’s a Taurus. Has been a profound influence in my life, still is to this day. Born in meager surroundings in rural South Carolina.”

Julius Erving
I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.
I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.

2 Julius Erving Quotes on Retirement

Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.

2 Julius Erving Quotes on Depression

“Being a typical Pisces, I might have experienced mood shifts, but I don’t remember any depression, or needing to do anything, or to have someone bring me out of being depressed.”

Julius Erving
If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you've got a problem.
If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you’ve got a problem.

2 Julius Erving Quotes on His Life

In a lot of areas of my life, particularly in my teenage years, I began to think about the world, and to think about the universe as being a part of my conscious everyday life.
In a lot of areas of my life, particularly in my teenage years, I began to think about the world, and to think about the universe as being a part of my conscious everyday life.
I live my life trying to never appear to be a small man.
I live my life trying to never appear to be a small man.

3 Julius Erving Quotes on Family

But you know, we have a very normal family. We've had our ups and downs. You know, we've had our issues, but we've had great cause for celebration.
But you know, we have a very normal family. We’ve had our ups and downs. You know, we’ve had our issues, but we’ve had great cause for celebration.
One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.
One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.
You know, just in terms of having to have a life on the road, you know, having the celebrity aspect be a burden for my family, friends and extended family.
You know, just in terms of having to have a life on the road, you know, having the celebrity aspect be a burden for my family, friends and extended family.

2 Julius Erving Quotes on NBA

“If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It’s very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that’s never been more clearly evident than in today’s NBA game.”

Julius Erving
Because of the makeup of the NBA, it cannot afford for the public to turn on them.
Because of the makeup of the NBA, it cannot afford for the public to turn on them.

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