23 Best Jesse Owens Quotes

23 Best Jesse Owens Quotes

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Jesse Owens was a track and field Olympic Gold medalist from Alabama. His special was the long jump and sprints, and is considered one of the most famous athletes in track and field history. He died in 1980 at the age of 66.

“A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.”

“Although I wasn’t invited to shake hands with Hitler, I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either.”

“Another old friend gone!”

“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.”

“For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world.”

“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”

“I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.”

“If you don’t try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody’s back yard.”

“I’m old now. It’s all right.”

“It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it’s close.”

“It dawned on me with blinding brightness. I realized: I had jumped into another rare kind of stratosphere — one that only a handful of people in every generation are lucky enough to know.”

“It took a lot of courage for him to befriend me in front of Hitler… You can melt down all the medals and cups I have and they wouldn’t be a plating on the 24-karat friendship I felt for
Lutz Long at that moment. Hitler must have gone crazy watching us embrace. The sad part of the story is I never saw Long again. He was killed in World War II.”

“It’s like having a pet dog for a long time. You get attached to it, and when it dies you miss it.”

“Life doesn’t give you all the practice races you need.”

“One chance is all you need.”

“People say that it was degrading for an Olympic champion to run against a horse, but what was I supposed to do? I had four gold medals, but you can’t eat four gold medals. There was no
television, no big advertising, no endorsements then. Not for a black man, anyway.”

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”

“The black fist is a meaningless symbol. When you open it, you have nothing but fingers — weak, empty fingers. The only time the black fist has significance is when there’s money inside.
“There’s where the power lies.”

“The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness.”

“The road to the Olympics, leads to no city, no country. It goes far beyond New York or Moscow, ancient Greece or Nazi Germany. The road to the Olympics leads — in the end — to the best
within us.”

“To a sprinter, the hundred-yard dash is over in three seconds, not nine or ten.”

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”

“When I came back to my native country, after all the stories about Hitler, I couldn’t ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn’t live where I wanted. I wasn’t
invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either.”