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49 Motivational Shaquille O’Neal Quotes (NBA)

Top 10 Most Famous Shaquille O’Neal Quotes (BEST)

I want to be known as ‘The Big Shakespeare.’ It was Shakespeare that said, ‘Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them.’
I want to be known as ‘The Big Shakespeare.’ It was Shakespeare that said, ‘Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them.’
When you’re righteous, you don’t have to tell people that you’re righteous.
When you’re righteous, you don’t have to tell people that you’re righteous.
I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
I don't get nervous in any situation. There's no such thing as nerves when you're playing games.
I don’t get nervous in any situation. There’s no such thing as nerves when you’re playing games.
Me shooting 40 percent at the foul line is just God’s way of saying that nobody’s perfect. If I shot 90 percent from the line, it just wouldn’t be right.
Me shooting 40 percent at the foul line is just God’s way of saying that nobody’s perfect. If I shot 90 percent from the line, it just wouldn’t be right.
Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family.
Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family.
When your general doesn’t panic, the troops don’t panic.
When your general doesn’t panic, the troops don’t panic.
Look up the word 'role' in the dictionary and you’ll see it means playing a part. That’s why I call myself a real model.
Look up the word ‘role’ in the dictionary and you’ll see it means playing a part. That’s why I call myself a real model.
Never worry about the problem, always worry about the solution.
Never worry about the problem, always worry about the solution.
From this day on I’d like to be known as ‘The Big Aristotle’ because Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is not a singular act; it’s a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.’
From this day on I’d like to be known as ‘The Big Aristotle’ because Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is not a singular act; it’s a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.’

10 Shaquille O’Neal Quotes on Playing Basketball and Winning

“My father made me who I am. He gave me a basketball and told me to play with the ball, sleep with the ball, dream with the ball. Just don’t take it to school. I used it as a pillow, and it never gave me a stiff neck.”

Shaquille O’Neal
This is a tough game. There are times when you've got to play hurt, when you've got to block out the pain.
This is a tough game. There are times when you’ve got to play hurt, when you’ve got to block out the pain.
One lucky shot deserves another.
One lucky shot deserves another.
I've always been a leader. Every team I've played on, I've led my way.
I’ve always been a leader. Every team I’ve played on, I’ve led my way.
But, hey I did everything the right way and earned my spot in this game, nothing was given to me.
But, hey I did everything the right way and earned my spot in this game, nothing was given to me.

“We know that we’re supposed to win all the games, but if we don’t, we just have to take the next game and focus on what we did wrong in the game before and just try to do better at the next game.”

Shaquille O’Neal
When you're in championships, it's never about what you do. It's always about what other people do.
When you’re in championships, it’s never about what you do. It’s always about what other people do.
We want to win. We want to win big. We want to win the whole thing.
We want to win. We want to win big. We want to win the whole thing.
We’re focusing on the whole pie, not a slice. A slice is good, but it’s not good enough to get you fat. We’re trying to get fat.
We’re focusing on the whole pie, not a slice. A slice is good, but it’s not good enough to get you fat. We’re trying to get fat.
I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing.
I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing.

7 Shaquille O’Neal Quotes to Inspire Success

The only person who can really motivate you is you.
The only person who can really motivate you is you.
I don’t know how it is for you earthlings, but where I’m from, strength is mental.
I don’t know how it is for you earthlings, but where I’m from, strength is mental.
I really get motivated when I have doubters.
I really get motivated when I have doubters.
I think I have done enough to remain successful, but I don’t think I’ve made it yet… I’m just a regular guy that just listened to the right people.
I think I have done enough to remain successful, but I don’t think I’ve made it yet… I’m just a regular guy that just listened to the right people.
I had to learn at an early age to turn criticism into motivation.
I had to learn at an early age to turn criticism into motivation.
I start off at one price. Every now and then I’ll go down, but eventually I’ll go back up.
I start off at one price. Every now and then I’ll go down, but eventually I’ll go back up.
I was taught and raised to never give up, always persevere and no excuses.
I was taught and raised to never give up, always persevere and no excuses.

3 Shaquille O’Neal Quotes on Pythagorean Theorem

“That is why one day I said my game will be like the Pythagorean Theorem – hard to figure out. A lot of people really don’t know the Pythagorean Theory. They don’t make them like me anymore. They don’t want to make them like that anymore.”

Pythagorean Theorem
Our offense is like the pythagorean theorem: There is no answer!
Our offense is like the pythagorean theorem: There is no answer!
There is no answer to the Pythagorean theorem. Well, there is an answer, but by the time you figure it out, I got 40 points, 10 rebounds and then we're planning for the parade.
There is no answer to the Pythagorean theorem. Well, there is an answer, but by the time you figure it out, I got 40 points, 10 rebounds and then we’re planning for the parade.

11 Funny Shaquille O’Neal Quotes

I'm like tax. You're going to pay one way or the other.
I’m like tax. You’re going to pay one way or the other.
If I were a painter, you'd be calling me Shaqcasso.
If I were a painter, you’d be calling me Shaqcasso.
Because I'm so big, you have to look at me. I think of myself as a monument. But sometimes I like to feel small.
Because I’m so big, you have to look at me. I think of myself as a monument. But sometimes I like to feel small.
I knew I was dog meat. Luckily, I'm the high-priced dog meat that everybody wants. I'm the good-quality dog meat. I'm the Alpo of the NBA.
I knew I was dog meat. Luckily, I’m the high-priced dog meat that everybody wants. I’m the good-quality dog meat. I’m the Alpo of the NBA.
I'm a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way.
I’m a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way.
Why don't you bring your face up here and let me punch it? Then you can tell me (if I'm stronger).
Why don’t you bring your face up here and let me punch it? Then you can tell me (if I’m stronger).
If you got the game, you got the game. That's why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.
If you got the game, you got the game. That’s why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.
Nobody's going to tell me how to be different, so stop asking me. Stop asking me what two-plus-two is. Everybody knows two-plus-two is five.
Nobody’s going to tell me how to be different, so stop asking me. Stop asking me what two-plus-two is. Everybody knows two-plus-two is five.
I am the number one Ninja and I have killed all the Shoguns in front of me.
I am the number one Ninja and I have killed all the Shoguns in front of me.
Challenge me. Treat me like a game of checkers and play me. That's all I'm asking, just play me. Treat me like Sega and play me.
Challenge me. Treat me like a game of checkers and play me. That’s all I’m asking, just play me. Treat me like Sega and play me.
I put a lot into it, and when I am done playing, I plan on going undercover and then being the sheriff or chief of police somewhere, either Miami or Orlando, I don't know yet.
I put a lot into it, and when I am done playing, I plan on going undercover and then being the sheriff or chief of police somewhere, either Miami or Orlando, I don’t know yet.

8 Shaquille O’Neal Quotes About Life

“When I get old, I’m going to the old folks’ home. I don’t want to be one of those guys who’s hanging around the house bothering the kids. But not just any old folks’ home. I want the whole top floor.”

Shaquille O’Neal
I had an awful first quarter but I picked it up. To all you single guys out there, it's not how you start the date, it's how you finish it sir.
I had an awful first quarter but I picked it up. To all you single guys out there, it’s not how you start the date, it’s how you finish it sir.
A lot of people can, you know, start the date with flowers and candy, but if you don't finish the date - you know what I mean?
A lot of people can, you know, start the date with flowers and candy, but if you don’t finish the date – you know what I mean?
Being here feels like I'm out of prison. This is the right place, the right time, the right team.
Being here feels like I’m out of prison. This is the right place, the right time, the right team.
I don't believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you've changed because now you have money.
I don’t believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you’ve changed because now you have money.
I'm very educated and can give you somewhat of a vocabulary, but I don't get to the philosophical side.
I’m very educated and can give you somewhat of a vocabulary, but I don’t get to the philosophical side.
When I'm done playing basketball, I want do something bigger. I'm working on my doctorate right now at Barry University in Florida.
When I’m done playing basketball, I want do something bigger. I’m working on my doctorate right now at Barry University in Florida.
Kids can still call me Shaq, but adults should call me Dr. O'Neal.
Kids can still call me Shaq, but adults should call me Dr. O’Neal.

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