"I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Julius Erving on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Julius Erving on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Julius Erving on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Julius Erving on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Julius Erving on Abraham Lincoln
"And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight - I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub - there were things that I liked about it."
"Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better."
"In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league."
"One of the most predictable things in life is there will be change. You are better off if you can have a say in the change. But you are ignorant or naive if you don't think there will be change, whether you want it to or not."
"One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life."