"This is what I would have done if I had to have a real job: I would have been a history teacher."
"I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Khalil Gibran
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Albert Einstein
"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Confucius
"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Swami Vivekananda
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on John Steinbeck
"I was getting hot flashes and sweats on a regular basis. That's not normal, even for my age."
"Today's youth are told to get rich or die trying and they really shouldn't take that attitude forward with them."
"The '80s made up for all the abuse I took during the '70s. I outlived all my critics. By the time I retired, everybody saw me as a venerable institution. Things do change."
"My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it."
"I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream."
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