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“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.”


“My father is my idol, so I always did everything like him. He used to work two jobs and still come home happy every night.”


“If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I'm going to show everybody, I'm going to work hard to get better and better.”


“When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.”


“The real story is that I had unprotected sex. That's that. That's easy.”


“Young people want you to be real with them.”


“My work ethic is from sports.”


“I've always been a leader my whole life. I've always led. I didn't know how to do anything else.”


“The first year was hard for me to deal with. The second year was a little bit easier, but still difficult. It took me five years to get it out of me. It was a difficult moment, a difficult time.”


“I want to be here for a long time, so I am going to do everything I have to do to be here. And I want to walk my daughter down the aisle and give her away to somebody some day. I want to make sure I am still here to make sure my two young sons become men.”


“All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”


“I do not have bad days. I don't wake up in the morning and think that I'm going to get AIDS. I don't dream bad dreams about it. If I did, I'd be giving in to the negativity.”


“A lot of black guys always ask me, 'Did Larry Bird really play that good?' I said, 'Larry Bird is so good it's frightening.'”


“If you're a competitive person, that stays with you. You don't stop. You always look over your shoulder.”


“The audience likes their emotions to be touched. They want to laugh and cry and feel good.”


“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”


“I'm at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.”


“When you are a successful business person, you are only as good as your team. No one can do every deal alone.”


“I tell people to look at me and understand that everybody first told me that I couldn't be a 6-foot, 9-inch point guard, and I proved them wrong. Then they told me I couldn't be a businessman and make money in urban America, and I proved them wrong. And”


“Manhood is taking care of your family and being able to bless other people. Not yourself - but whether you can bless other people.”


“No one plans to get sick or hurt - I certainly didn't - but most people will need medical care at some point in their lives.”


“To me, everything is wonderful. Life is wonderful.”


“I'm not cured, but the HIV is asleep deep in my body.”


“You can't get AIDS from a hug or a handshake or a meal with a friend.”


“I am a businessman. This is what I do each and every day. I love it. I love coming to work. I never have a bad day.”


“I have a fond place in my heart for Seattle, so I hope that an NBA team comes back to this great city, this great sports city.”


“When I first found out I had HIV, I had to find somebody who was living with it, who could help me understand my journey and what I was going to have to deal with day-to-day. I found out that a person named Elizabeth Frazier was living with AIDS at the”


“I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and AIDS.”


“I guess when people ask what is the biggest transition to the NBA from college, it is definitely defense and the mental part.”


“I don't care who is attacking my son. I still support him; I still love him.”


“I respect women to the utmost.”


“I met wonderful people playing in the NBA. Whether it is the officials, the scorekeepers, all the people who work for the NBA, not just for the Lakers, but I'm talking about just for the league itself.”


“Just celebrate the life you had, not the life you could've had.”


“I motivate others by making sure that they understand to go after their dreams and don't let anyone tell you you can't. If you are motivated enough and put the work in that you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to.”


“The gay community has taken care of their issues and problems in terms of HIV/AIDS. They have done an incredible job. We as heterosexuals need to learn from the gay community because they have rallied together. They have sent a lot of information out”


“I thank Him every chance I get - on my knees praying.”


“I make sure I get a lot of vegetables, a lot of fruit. I am a big fruit man; I am a vegetable man, anyway.”


“I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan, and now to be an owner of the Dodgers is amazing.”


“I'm the one who will take chances, not worry about the backlash.”


“I'll hear people say every so often that having HIV must not be so bad - 'Just look at Magic and how well he's doing.'”


“People see me high-fivin' and smiling on the court, and they don't think that's me. But it is. I just want to go out and be myself.”


“God blessed me with two unbelievable parents, and I am just like both of them. I have the smile and charisma of my mother and the big heart of my mom, because she wants to save the world and help the world, so I am just like her.”


“People don't stop eating, and they don't stop drinking coffee.”


“Everyone thought I was going to die like a year later, they didn't know. So I helped educate sports, and then the world, that a man living with HIV can play basketball. He's not going to give it to anybody by playing basketball.”


“My father was a great example of a strong and good man and Christian man, and my mother taught all my six sisters how to be young ladies and mothers and how to take care of your family. And so I think they were - they still are - great examples for all of”


“My diet is mostly chicken and fish. I make sure I get a lot of vegetables, a lot of fruit. I am a big fruit man, I am a vegetable man anyway. And I also get a lot of rest. That's the key I may be up early, but I'm in bed early too.”


“Life doesn't stop because something happens to you.”


“Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.”


“It's a burden trying to keep a secret. It's hard. It probably takes more out of you trying to hold it and keep it than it does for you to really let it out.”


“Magic is who I am on the basketball court. Earvin is who I am.”


“I'm from there. You know, when you grow up with these people and see them every day and then you look at the numbers it was easy; it was a no-brainer. And when Sony took a look, it was a no-brainer to them, too.”


“The important thing is this Just because I'm doing well doesn't mean that they're going to do well if they get HIV. A lot of people have died since I have announced. This disease is not going anywhere.”


“For a long time, I'd work until 10 or 11. When I work, I'm on. I'm 'Magic.' I love it, but it takes a lot out of me.”


“I tell you, it's funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.”


“I have to tell you, I'm proudest of my life off the court. There will always be great basketball players who bounce that little round ball, but my proudest moments are affecting people's lives, effecting change, being a role model in the community.”


“I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age. I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.”


“You know I was a shy guy and people didn't know that and still don't know it today. I'm sure basketball brought my shyness out because of the fact that you have to do interviews, and that people are always talking to you in terms of the fans and”


“When you are honest and open with young people, they let you in.”


“I'm gonna love my son until the end.”


“Urban America is like a foreign country in a sense.”


“I'm the one who started redevelopment in South Los Angeles, not Jan Perry. I did it. I love Jan. She's a good person, and she did a wonderful job with what she did downtown, but in L.A., South L.A., I'm the one.”


“I often tell people when you make a mistake, you not only hurt yourself, but you hurt the ones that love you.”


“Everyone should have the opportunity to get affordable, quality health coverage.”


“I'm far from being a homosexual.”


“I like to take walks in the park by myself, where no one can bother me and I can think.”


“A woman always remembers. Remember that.”


“I love putting people to work of color.”


“My family is a praying family, a Christian family.”


“I think that there are always goals for me to try to achieve, and I'm going to work toward those goals.”


“My dad was my hero. And I got my personality from my mother.”


“Athletes don't like to get up early, but it never bothered me.”


“I'm building shopping centers and movie theaters in the inner cities. So that means supplying jobs and letting blacks understand that we have to build our communities back, not looking to anybody else.”


“ObamaCare is working. I talk to a lot of CEOs of hospitals. It is working.”


“When you think about the NASCAR brand, it resonates everywhere. They have the No. 1 sports brand.”


“I love to be in the ballpark. I love to just go in and enjoy a great baseball game, a great pitchers' duel.”


“My first and only experience in baseball, the coach signed me up; he didn't tell me there's a thing called the curveball. I didn't know that. So the ball's coming at me and I start backing out, and then it broke inside. And the umpire says, 'Strike one!'”


“I get up 5:30-6 every morning. I'm in the gym. I run a couple miles.”


“I'm a businessman, and what I know is numbers and business.”


“I look three to five years ahead, not 10 years behind.”


“I'm glad that Gov. Scott down in Florida accepted ObamaCare, because it will work.”


“When I grew up, my family, we sat down, all of us to watch 'Good Times,' 'Sanford and Son,' all those shows that were out at that time.”


“Magic is crazy. He is that crazy wild guy on the basketball court that is very intense and very serious. He is the guy who lives and eats and breathes basketball. Magic is a guy who would stand for nothing but winning and really prepared himself as well”


“I got blessed from my mom. She's the personality; she's the one who smiled, so I took on part of her, and who also wanted to help and save the world. Then I took on part of my dad, who is tough.”


“My having HIV has no bearing on my business.”


“I try to hire people I don't have to motivate. But I do motivate the people working with and for me.”


“Sometimes friends move apart from each other for whatever reason.”


“As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.”


“The best doctors and medicine in the world can't save you if you don't do what you're supposed to do.”


“I am and will always be a Laker for life.”


“I'm the biggest music lover in the world. I mean, I have seen everybody. I went on tour with Michael Jackson and the Jacksons four or five times.”


“When a woman is frustrated, and it's your wife, you as the husband get that frustration.”


“My dad worked two jobs his whole life, and so I told him he's the reason I have 20 jobs.”


“I like things going on in my life. I don't want to be on a beach somewhere just relaxing.”


“Every kid, every minority kid can be so successful if they focus on their education.”


“In life, winning and losing will both happen. What is never acceptable is quitting.”


“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.”


“You're the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it.”


“I grew up poor, but I didn't have poor dreams.”


“I'm a big believer in dreaming. If you don't dream it, you can't become it.”


“For me, it always goes back to something I learned in basketball. There's winning and there's losing, and in life you have to know they both will happen. But what's never been acceptable to me is quitting.”


“We all have to play as a team to make the world a better place.”


“You don't have to be Magic to be special. You're already special, you're you.”


“I motivate others by making sure that they understand to go after their dreams and dont let anyone tell you you cant. If you are motivated enough and put the work in that you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to.”


“Life doesnt stop because something happens to you.”


“I think you just have to keep knocking down doors, you have to keep being aggressive, and even if somebody says 'No', then you have to knock on the next door.”


“Don't give up! Be friends with people who help you work hard.”


“When I'm under the gun and I've got pressure on me, I don't panic. I look for the right solution, and then I go for it.”


“I strive on pressure.”


“Even as a fierce competitor I try to smile.”


“HIV changed my life, but it doesn't keep me from living.”


“I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity, even when others could not, and I stay committed to doing it and doing it well, no matter what.”


“Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.”


“If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to use every connection you've got.”

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