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Hank Aaron

Home Run King

Hank Aaron: I would like for young people -- especially African American kids that's growing up -- I want them to understand that there is no shortcut in life. I want them to understand that if you're looking for shortcuts, then life is not going to treat you very well. You got to take one step at a time. You got to do it right. I want them to understand that regardless to how bad things may be one day, that you can wake up tomorrow, and things are going to be a whole lot better tomorrow. I would like for them to understand that. And I would like for them to understand that that's the road that I took. My daddy insisted -- my parents insisted -- upon me doing that, rather than trying to make something quick happen, you're not going to make it.
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Hank Aaron

Home Run King

The thing that, I think, that all of us -- in fact, in talking to Don Newcombe and some of the other black ball players -- was that, I think Dr. King had said that he wanted us to keep things like they were, because we were playing baseball and we were integrating situations in other areas. And we were doing it a little bit more -- they were a little bit more peaceful with us than they were with just the average black person in the South. We looked at it, and some of us, including myself, wanted to take time out to go and be part of the march, and be part of whatever Dr. King and some of the other civil rights leaders were doing. We talked it over, and we decided that the best thing is to sit -- is to continue to do baseball. Because things were -- we were seeing a little progress in baseball. I know when I first started in Jacksonville, blacks and whites could not mingle together. And then at the end of the season, they were starting to go together, and shake hands, because it was for one thing, and that was to try to win a championship. So all these things, we saw it was hurting, when you look at TV and see you things like that and you're not part of it, but yet you feel like you -- and I mean "you," myself -- you were making progress as far as trying to help bring equality yourself.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Scoring Champion

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: I had to work hard to become a good basketball player. You can just be tall and go out there and go through the motions, and you won't do very well. High school basketball in New York is a blood sport, it's a serious game. It's not something that's like a casual pastime. You'd better be at your best. It's almost like the whole world is watching. Kids in New York high school athletics, by and large, are very competitive. So from the very earliest, I was in a very competitive atmosphere and you want to be at your best. You just don't want to go through the motions, you want to distinguish yourself.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Scoring Champion

There are disappointments for any competitive athlete, because you can't win all the time. Coach Wooden taught us this. He taught us that you can only come out and give your best effort. That is all you can do. The outcome is not determined by anything that you have control over. The only thing you have control over is your effort and then the effort of your group, your team, and when you put together a good effort consistently, you have a chance to win, and everybody wants to win, but there is only one team that can win it all, and you have to accept that. As long as you put your best effort out there, you should be satisfied with that, and not be down on yourself.
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Edward Albee

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Edward Albee: I think you've got to assume that nobody promised you a rose garden. Sometimes it's going to be okay, and sometimes it's going to be tough. But, if you haven't got a sufficient sense of self to surmount either failure or success, you're in trouble. I know that some of my plays that have been least popular are some of the best ones. They'll figure it out eventually. I've never lacked self confidence in my talent as a writer. This sounds wrong. It sounds terrible, but it's true. I've never had doubts about my ability as a writer.
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