Arthur Ashe Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old arthur ashe quotes, arthur ashe sayings, and arthur ashe proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.     

Arthur Ashe

Fear isn't an excuse to come to a standstill. It's the impetus to step up and strike.     

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

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.     

Arthur Ashe

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

Arthur Ashe

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

Arthur Ashe

Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.     

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

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.     

Arthur Ashe

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.     

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

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.     

Arthur Ashe

I accepted the face that as much as I want to lead others, and love to be around other people, in some essential way, I am something of a loner.     

Arthur Ashe

You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.     

Arthur Ashe

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.     

Arthur Ashe

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.     

Arthur Ashe

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

Arthur Ashe

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

Arthur Ashe

A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.     

Arthur Ashe