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If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win.
Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.
My best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
I want to be remembered as a person who felt there was no limitation to what the human body and mind can do and be the inspiration to lead people to do things they never hoped to do.
Channel your energy. Focus.
It's all about the journey, not the outcome.
Life is about timing and overcoming difficult things.
My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win... channel your energy. Focus.
Join me in the final race to smash poverty and achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals
The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.
I never competed against athletes. I competed against perfection.
I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
Every New Year's Eve, I have a pact to do something I never thought I'd do. So I created this list. You have to free your mind to do things you wouldn't think of doing. Don't ever say no.
I know there are a lot of people out there who have the best intentions but not the voice, so it's about people like me to give them a voice and hear their ideas.
The people are fed up with their elected officials playing the blame game and treating their political counterparts as enemies.
When I decided to go for four gold medals I planned it out over a few years. It was in four different events and there was a lot to it.
I want to be a millionaire, and I don't ever want a real job.
There is no correlation between a childhood success and a professional athlete.
An athlete and actor are really two different temperaments, night and day. As an athlete you really keep things out and as an actor you really bring things in.
Whether I'm 40, 50 or 60, I'm going to be as physically strong as I am able.
I'm not running for state Senate because I wanted to become a politician. I'm running because I wanted to serve.
You're not going to get a chance to vote for me on the ballot, but you can actually vote for what I believe in.
I work with the Carl Lewis Foundation focusing on youth from high school down.
After I left the podium in Atlanta, I felt so fulfilled in my career that I lost my desire to compete at that level again.
I'm a fast learner. I may not run as fast as I used to, but I think I still learn as fast.
By carrying the torch, you will be bridging cultural and social barriers, and all the boundaries that separate nation from nation.
I'm very serious about becoming a dramatic actor. I don't want to play cameo parts walking on as Carl Lewis the athlete. I want to go on stage or screen and be taken seriously.
I wouldn't be surprised if one day Carl's halo slipped and choked him.
My life isn't interesting! It's my mom. You need to write her life and put me in it. I'm a cameo in her life.
We cannot rest until we make sure that our families can afford to live and raise their kids here, that our seniors can remain in their homes and afford their health and pharmaceutical costs.
Our message of the day is service does not need a title.
Track and field is the best way to reach out for kids. It doesn't matter how fast you are. You always want to beat someone.
I like the pressure of having to perform so people will come to me.
I don't intend to stay around any longer than I feel I can be No. 1.
I always wanted to be wealthy. I did.
I don't feel I'm qualified to be a coach outside the high school level. I think I would need to do more education to really be a good coach.
I found the emotion that as an athlete you block out, and it really helped me to understand myself as a person. I'm a really emotional person and it helped make me a better person.
Any press is good press. So keep on ragging me.
My best performances were when I was 30 years old, and I was a vegan.
Countries like Jamaica do not have a random program, so they can go months without being tested. I'm not saying anyone is on anything, but everyone needs to be on a level playing field.
I always separated sports and my personal life.
I'm not a coach and I know it. I'm too busy and it doesn't pay. I'm expensive. But I would always advise.
I'm not Carl Lewis the athlete any more. I'm growing into a new person with new interests and new goals.
I'm not supposed to be able to speak clearly, and decipher what's going on in the media. I'm supposed to be the typical amateur who's 22 and scared to death and can't believe he won the Olympics.
When I run - you can see my record - I run to win.
I enjoy my life, I love track, I'm set for life financially.
I'm a businessman and actor and I still make appearances.
You can't live your life through your children.
To this day, most people think of me as the fastest human. They don't really think me as a long jumper, although that's the event I had more success in.
Some Americans just shouldnt leave the country.