"I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Winston Churchill
"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."