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Billie Jean King Quotes: "I have often been asked whether I am a women or an athlete. The question is absurd. Men are not asked that. I am an athlete. I am a women."

I have often been asked whether I am a women or an athlete. The question is absurd. Men are not asked that. I am an athlete. I am a women.




Billie Jean King Quotes: "Pressure is a privilege - it only comes to those who earn it."

Pressure is a privilege - it only comes to those who earn it.




Billie Jean King Quotes: "Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life."

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion."

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.




Billie Jean King Quotes: "Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women's ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men's tennis."

Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women's ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men's tennis.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great."

Natural talent only determines the limits of your athletic potential. It's dedication and a willingness to discipline your life that makes you great.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing."

The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.




Billie Jean King Quotes: "Reputation is what others think about you. What's far more important is character, because that is what you think about yourself."

Reputation is what others think about you. What's far more important is character, because that is what you think about yourself.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "My whole life has been about equal rights and opportunities. For me it really goes back to the health of mind, body and soul."

My whole life has been about equal rights and opportunities. For me it really goes back to the health of mind, body and soul.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn't allowed in a photo because I wasn't wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport."

Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn't allowed in a photo because I wasn't wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Pressure is a privilege ... it's what you do with it that matters."

Pressure is a privilege ... it's what you do with it that matters.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning."

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.




Billie Jean King Quotes: "In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports."

In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Don't let anyone define you. You define yourself."

Don't let anyone define you. You define yourself.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "When you oppress people either by gender, by race, by sexual orientation, when you do that and the doors become ajar, they will fly open and they will come and they have."

When you oppress people either by gender, by race, by sexual orientation, when you do that and the doors become ajar, they will fly open and they will come and they have.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "You have got to want to be the best before you can even begin to reach for that goal, and you have got to be prepared to sacrifice a lot to get there."

You have got to want to be the best before you can even begin to reach for that goal, and you have got to be prepared to sacrifice a lot to get there.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I was always in the tennis business-from 1968. I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well."

I was always in the tennis business-from 1968. I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences."

It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "No one changes the world who isn't obsessed."

No one changes the world who isn't obsessed.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Don't worry about what people say."

Don't worry about what people say.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "For me, losing a tennis match isn't failure, it's research."

For me, losing a tennis match isn't failure, it's research.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Champions adjust and pressure is a privilege."

Champions adjust and pressure is a privilege.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity."

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman."

When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball."

Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I always listen, I ask children, I even ask adults in tennis, "What are your children playing?" And most of the time it's not tennis. It's pathetic."

I always listen, I ask children, I even ask adults in tennis, "What are your children playing?" And most of the time it's not tennis. It's pathetic.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks."

I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Some people do have softer boundaries."

Some people do have softer boundaries.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Women's sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women's sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships."

Women's sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women's sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "When people tell you not to believe in your dreams, and they say “Why?”, say “Why not?"

When people tell you not to believe in your dreams, and they say “Why?”, say “Why not?



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Women get the attention when we get into the men's arena, and that's sad."

Women get the attention when we get into the men's arena, and that's sad.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they don't think about coming out. Unless you're number one in the world, nobody cares, usually."

I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they don't think about coming out. Unless you're number one in the world, nobody cares, usually.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Create your legacy, and pass the baton."

Create your legacy, and pass the baton.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side... and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional."

It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side... and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I wanted to use sports for social change."

I wanted to use sports for social change.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I will tell you King's First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much."

I will tell you King's First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "In business, everything starts with integrity. Otherwise it falls apart, though it does take time to find out who has integrity."

In business, everything starts with integrity. Otherwise it falls apart, though it does take time to find out who has integrity.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Winning comes down to who can execute under pressure."

Winning comes down to who can execute under pressure.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Sports are a microcosm of society."

Sports are a microcosm of society.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Winning is very tangible, it's very exciting, it's very pleasing, but it's momentary. If you can do things that last, that each generation can build upon, then that's when you're cooking."

Winning is very tangible, it's very exciting, it's very pleasing, but it's momentary. If you can do things that last, that each generation can build upon, then that's when you're cooking.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I would just never out anybody. I think everyone has to find it in their own way and their own time."

I would just never out anybody. I think everyone has to find it in their own way and their own time.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life."

I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it."

In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever."

Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from-when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question."

That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from-when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Men still get a lot more opportunity. It is still a big part of the old boy network... They have more companies they can get money from."

Men still get a lot more opportunity. It is still a big part of the old boy network... They have more companies they can get money from.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I didn't really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself."

I didn't really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "I try to perfect my strong points and make my weaknesses adequate."

I try to perfect my strong points and make my weaknesses adequate.



Billie Jean King Quotes: "Don't be afraid to hit the ball."

Don't be afraid to hit the ball.