"I did a book in 1996, an overview of black history. In that process I became more aware of a lot of the black inventors of the 19th century."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Thomas Jefferson
"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."