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  • Why shouldn’t I milk it? We’re an agricultural institution.
  • I will thank God for the day and the moment I have.
  • Now, I look at where I am now and I know what I wanna to do. What I would like to be able to do is to spend whatever time I have left and to give, and maybe some hope to others
  • I can’t tell you what an honor it is, to even be mentioned in the same breath with Arthur Ashe. This is something I certainly will treasure forever
  • I talked about my family, my family’s so important.
  • How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.
  • Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.
  • Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.
  • To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day.
  • The difference between Namath and me is that when you make the money he makes, they say you’re ruggedly handsome. When you make the money I make, they say you have a big nose. (On resembling Joe Namath)
  • If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.
  • My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give: he believed in me.
  • I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not
  • We have a very intelligent team. I’ve had clubs that when you tell a guy to go back door, he leaves the gym
  • My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
  • I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can’t trust em.
  • I’m going to fight my brains out to be back here again next year for the Arthur Ashe recipient. I want to give it next year!
  • There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them
  • There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them.
  • We have a very intelligent team. I’ve had clubs that when you tell a guy to go back door, he leaves the gym. Or you tell the team you’re going to have a closed practice and eight guys don’t show up.
  • I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you’re emotions going.
  • Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul
  • Why shouldn’t I milk it? We’re an agricultural institution.
  • And if you see me, smile and maybe give me a hug. That’s important to me too
  • How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal
  • I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you’re emotions going
  • There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It's up to you to decide what to do with them.
  • Now, I look at where I am now and I know what I wanna to do. What I would like to be able to do is to spend whatever time I have left and to give, and maybe some hope to others.
  • We win or the alumni bash in our teeth. (explaining the dental plan at North Carolina State)
  • It’s so important to know where you are.
  • I made a ridiculous statement when I first went to North Carolina State. I said I know basketball down there was like life or death. It was very wrong. It’s more important.
  • No matter what business you’re in, you can’t run in place or someone will pass you by. It doesn’t matter how many games you’ve won
  • Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.
  • How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.
  • People think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam, my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie, LeeAnn, my mom, who’s right here too.
  • People think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam, my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie, LeeAnn, my mom, who’s right here too
  • We need your help. I need your help. We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children’s life. It may save someone you love. And it’s very important.
  • Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead
  • Never give up. Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.
  • If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day
  • I made a ridiculous statement when I first went to North Carolina State. I said I know basketball down there was like life or death
  • But try if you can to support, whether it’s AIDS or the cancer foundation, so that someone else might survive, might prosper, and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease.
  • A person really doesn’t become whole, until he becomes a part of something that’s bigger than himself.
  • I know, I gotta go, I gotta go, and I got one last thing and I said it before, and I'm gonna say it again: Cancer can take away all my physical ability. It cannot touch my mind; it cannot touch my heart; and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.
  • Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.
  • And if you see me, smile and maybe give me a hug. That’s important to me too.
  • The difference between Namath and me is that when you make the money he makes, they say you’re ruggedly handsome. When you make the money I make, they say you have a big nose
  • No matter what business you’re in, you can’t run in place or someone will pass you by. It doesn’t matter how many games you’ve won.
  • Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead.
  • I can’t tell you what an honor it is, to even be mentioned in the same breath with Arthur Ashe. This is something I certainly will treasure forever.
  • We need your help. I need your help