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Billie Jean King's Quotes

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Born: 1943-11-22
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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I love to promote our sport. I love grass-roots tennis. I love coaching. I love all parts of the sport. I love the business side.

Tags: Business, Love, Side

I think it's impossible to judge whether another person should come out. You just hope they will on their own time and their own terms.

Tags: Hope, Judge, Time

I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldn't have a tennis tour.

Tags: Sexuality, Tennis, Used

I was always in the tennis business-from 1968. I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.

Tags: Team, Teams, Tennis

I will tell you King's First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.

Tags: King, Law, Tell

I would just never out anybody. I think everyone has to find it in their own way and their own time.

Tags: Anybody, Everyone, Time

I would love to be a player today. I had the right personality for it.

Tags: Love, Player, Today

If your partner wants to be private, you have to respect that.

Tags: Partner, Respect, Wants

It's fun to meet people from throughout the world who you don't have to explain yourself to.

Tags: Fun, Meet, Yourself

It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.

Tags: Celebrate, Start, Tolerating

Martina and I went through a very bad five years. Everything's very good between us now, but it was a long haul.

Tags: Bad, Between, Good

Martina's gone with people who don't want to be out, and it drives her crazy because she'd rather be open.

Tags: Crazy, Her, Rather

Men still get a lot more opportunity. It is still a big part of the old boy network. They have more companies they can get money from.

Tags: Men, Money, Old

No one changes the world who isn't obsessed.

Tags: Changes, Obsessed

That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from-when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.

Tags: Choice, Money, Power

Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.

Tags: Forever, Losing, Victory

Women get the attention when we get into the men's arena, and that's sad.

Tags: Men, Sad, Women

In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.

Tags: Accept, Sports, Women

The old boy network is still very strong and very true. Just look at the stock exchange and how many men and women are there. It is still very much run by men.

Tags: Men, Strong, Women

Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn't allowed in a photo because I wasn't wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport.

Tags: Change, Old, Wanted

In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar; now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar. In the area of finance and business, we are at 68 cents on the dollar.

Tags: Business, Finance, Women

It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side... and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.

Tags: Hard, Leader, Tough

Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women's ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men's tennis.

Tags: Home, Men, Women

There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.

Tags: Life, Past, Sports

They're not put on earth to be martyrs; they have to want to come out. It depends on your culture, where you work, where you live. Each person's circumstances are unique.

Tags: Earth, Put, Work

When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then we've really and truly arrived. Parity at last!

Tags: Last, Men, Women
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Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody.

Tags: Gay, Lesbian, May

Champions keep playing until they get it right.

Tags: Keep, Sports, Until

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.

Tags: Character, Life, Sports

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.

Tags: Afraid, Else, Winning

Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.

Tags: Perfect, Place, Sports

A girl didn't get an athletic scholarship until the fall of 1972 for the very first time.

Tags: Girl, Time, Until

Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.

Tags: Afraid, Ball, Hit

The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.

Tags: Care, Game, Hard

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.

Tags: Champion, Towards

Sports are a microcosm of society.

Tags: Microcosm, Society, Sports

Women's sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women's sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.

Tags: Beginning, Sports, Women

In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.

Tags: Father, Husband, Woman

When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman.

Tags: Business, Sports, Women

I wanted to use sports for social change.

Tags: Change, Sports, Wanted

When I was outed, it was like, That's done.

Tags: Done

I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they don't think about coming out. Unless you're number one in the world, nobody cares, usually.

Tags: Coming, Nobody, Number

Any therapist will tell you that when you're ready, you will come out. To be outed means you weren't ready.

Tags: Means, Ready, Tell

At 62 you want to keep moving; that's important.

Tags: Keep, Moving

I always liked co-ed events best so we have two men and two women on each team.

Tags: Best, Men, Women

I always wanted to help make tennis a team sport.

Tags: Help, Team, Wanted

I didn't really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.

Tags: Brought, Care, Coach

I have a lot to say, and if I'm not No. 1, I can't say it.

Tags: After, Life, Wanted

I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.

Tags: Risks

I like putting money back into what made my life, and tennis has been great to me.

Tags: Great, Life, Money