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All Quotes by author - Billie Jean King
" A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning. "
" Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball. "
" Champions keep playing until they get it right. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I have a lot to say, and if I'm not No. 1, I can't say it. "
" I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life. "
" I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks. "
" In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it. "
" 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. "
" I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion. "
" 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. "
" It's fun to meet people from throughout the world who you don't have to explain yourself to. "
" It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences. "
" I wanted to use sports for social change. "
" I would love to be a player today. I had the right personality for it. "
" 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. "
" No one changes the world who isn't obsessed. "
" Sports are a microcosm of society. "
" 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. "
" Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever. "
" Women get the attention when we get into the men's arena, and that's sad. "
" 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. "
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