"Amateurism is the strongest form of discrimination in sports. Because it discriminates against the underprivileged, it discriminates against the poor. If we want sports to go back to the wealthy, let's make it amateur again."
"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."Carl Lewis on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Carl Lewis on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Carl Lewis on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Carl Lewis on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Carl Lewis on Henry David Thoreau
"I tell you, it was kind of two-fold. I fortunately had a lot of support. My coach was amazing - he told me to focus on being prepared and that is what I did. Every athlete is nervous - any athlete who tells you they're not nervous isn't telling you the truth. I was as prepared as I could be."
"The best kids are going to become the best. But the best thing about it is that you're going to learn lessons in playing those sports about winning and losing and teamwork and teammates and arguments and everything else that are going to affect you positively for the rest of your life."
"The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge."
"I'm not supposed to be able to speak clearly, and decipher what's going on in the media. I'm supposed to be the typical amateur who's 22 and scared to death and can't believe he won the Olympics."
"I don't feel I'm qualified to be a coach outside the high school level. I think I would need to do more education to really be a good coach."