"If not for the success that medicine has made, I might be part of a much different story right now."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Bill Cosby
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Swami Vivekananda
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Bruce Lee
"A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on David Brinkley
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."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."