Billie Jean King

American tennis player

Lived from: 1943-

Category: Sports

Quotes: Billie Jean King

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    A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
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    A girl didn't get an athletic scholarship until the fall of 1972 for the very first time.
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    A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.
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    Any therapist will tell you that when you're ready, you will come out. To be outed means you weren't ready.
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    Be bold. If you are going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
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    Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
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    Champions keep playing until they get it right.
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    Champions take responsibility. When the ball is coming over the net, you can be sure I want the ball.
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    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.
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    Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody.
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    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.
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    In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.
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    In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar; now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar. In the area of finance and business, we are at 68 cents on the dollar.
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    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.
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    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.
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