Arthur Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 10th, 1943.

He was the son of a groundskeeper at a public tennis court and an elementary school teacher.

When Arthur was just six years old, he began playing tennis with his father. From an early age, Arthur showed tremendous promise as a tennis player.

Ashe is the only black man to have won the singles titles at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.

Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win Wimbledon on July 5, 1975, when he overcame Jimmy Connors. In his tennis career, Ashe achieved several firsts.

Arthur Ashe was the first African American to win the men’s singles titles at Wimbledon and the United States Open, as well as the first African American to be rated No. 1 in the world.

You will find below a curated collection of the best ‘Arthur Ashe’ quotes that you can read and share with others.


Best Arthur Ashe Quotes

Life is like a tennis game. You can’t win without serving. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Always have the situation under control, even if losing. Never betray an inward sense of defeat. ~ Arthur Ashe.

We must believe in the power of education. We must respect just laws. We must love ourselves, our old and or young, our women as well as our men. ~ Arthur Ashe.

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From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. ~ Arthur Ashe.

You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. ~ Arthur Ashe.

You’ve got to make a lot of sacrifices and spend a lot of time if you really want to achieve with this sport, or in any sport, or in anything truly worthwhile. ~ Arthur Ashe.

A couple of times a day I sit quietly and visualize my body fighting the AIDS virus. It’s the same as me sitting and seeing myself hit the perfect serve. I did that often when I was an athlete. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Positive Arthur Ashe Quotes

Start where you are, use what you have. ~ Arthur Ashe.

I take the good with the bad, and I try to face them both with as much calm and dignity as I can muster. ~ Arthur Ashe.

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Do not feel sorry for me if I am gone. ~ Arthur Ashe.

I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Seven out of 10 black faces you see on television are athletes. The black athlete carries the image of the black community. He carries the cross, in a way, until blacks make inroads in other dimensions. ~ Arthur Ashe.

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~ Arthur Ashe.

It’s an abnormal world I live in. I don’t belong anywhere. It’s like I’m floating down the middle. I’m never quite sure where I am. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Popular Arthur Ashe Quotes

What it is controlled cool, in a way. Always have the situation under control, even if losing. Never betray an inward sense of defeat. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you’re behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory. ~ Arthur Ashe.

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If I didn’t play tennis I probably would have to see a psychiatrist. ~ Arthur Ashe.

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy. ~ Arthur Ashe.

When we were together, I loved you deeply and you gave me so much happiness I can never repay you. ~ Arthur Ashe.

With what we give, we make a life. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Famous Arthur Ashe Quotes

I strongly believe the black culture spends too much time, energy and effort raising, praising, and teasing our black children about the dubious glories of professional sports. ~ Arthur Ashe.

I know I could never forgive myself if I elected to live without humane purpose, without trying to help the poor and unfortunate, without recognizing that perhaps the purest joy in life comes with trying to help others. ~ Arthur Ashe.

It doesn’t have to glitter to be gold. ~ Arthur Ashe.

You come to realize that life is short, and you have to step up. Don’t feel sorry for me. Much is expected of those who are strong. ~ Arthur Ashe.

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. ~ Arthur Ashe.

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Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Wherever I am when you feel sick at heart and weary of life, or when you stumble and fall and don’t know if you can get up again, think of me. I will be watching and smiling and cheering on. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Amazing Arthur Ashe Quotes

Believe me, most people resist change, even when it promises to be for the better. But change will come, and if you acknowledge this simple but indisputable fact of life, and understand that you must adjust to all change, then you will have a head start. ~ Arthur Ashe.

If one’s reputation is a possession, then of all my possessions, my reputation means most to me. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Martina’s like the old Green Bay Packers. You know exactly what she’s going to do, but there isn’t a thing you can do about it. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis. ~ Arthur Ashe.

The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Let me put it this way: I think Republicans tend to keep the ball in play, Democrats go for broke. ~ Arthur Ashe.

The best way to judge a life is to ask yourself, “Did I make the best use of the time I had? ~ Arthur Ashe.

Inspiring Arthur Ashe Quotes

I guess I started too early because I just thought it was something fun to do. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Drummed into me, above all, by my dad, by the whole family, was that without your good name, you would be nothing. ~ Arthur Ashe.

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A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Clothes and manners do not make the man, but where he is made they greatly improve his appearance. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Fear isn’t an excuse to come to a standstill. It’s the impetus to step up and strike. ~ Arthur Ashe.

You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that. ~ Arthur Ashe.

I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else. ~ Arthur Ashe.

My humanity, in common with all of God’s children, gives the greatest flight to my full range of my possibilities. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Having grown up in a segregated environment in the south I know what it’s like to be stepped on, I know what it’s like also to see some black hero do well in the face of adversity. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Top Arthur Ashe Quotes

Sometimes, a defeat can be more beautiful and satisfying than certain victories. The English have a point in insisting that it matters not who won or lost, but how you played the game. ~ Arthur Ashe.

If you’re paid before you walk on the court, what’s the point in playing as if your life depended on it? ~ Arthur Ashe.

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There is a syndrome in sports called ‘paralysis by analysis. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Someone once told me that God figured that I was a pretty good juggler. I could keep a lot of balls in the air at one time. So He said, Let’s see if he can juggle another one. ~ Arthur Ashe.

Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it. ~ Arthur Ashe.

I may not be walking with you all the way, or even much of the way, as I walk with you now. ~ Arthur Ashe.

I have become convinced that we blacks spend too much time on the playing field and too little time in libraries. ~ Arthur Ashe.


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