"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."
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."Billie Jean King on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Billie Jean King on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Billie Jean King on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Billie Jean King on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Billie Jean King on Henry David Thoreau
"When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman."
"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."
"Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women's ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men's tennis."
"I think it's impossible to judge whether another person should come out. You just hope they will on their own time and their own terms."
"If your partner wants to be private, you have to respect that."