„Tennis taught me so many lessons in life. One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit a ball.“

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„Every home run gives me the deepest personal thrill, although I've hit droves. Last year at Lincoln I hit 66, yet it gave me the deepest personal thrill every time I seen that ball flying nine miles out of the park.“

— Dick Stuart American baseball player 1932 - 2002
As quoted in "The Man Who Hit Too Many Home Runs" https://books.google.com/books?id=UD8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA85&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjm9ZTw6JXQAhVH1CYKHazgBPcQ6AEIFDAA#v=onepage&q=%22Every%20home%20run%22&f=false by Mark Harris, in Life (September 2, 1957), p. 86

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„If you pitch me inside, I will hit the fucking ball to Harrisburg.“

— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Circa 1970, '71 or '72; as quoted by Blass in Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero https://books.google.com/books?id=WiuwMbF6-4IC&pg=PT82&dq=%22I+will+hit+the+fucking+ball+to+harrisburg%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7q5e1worVAhUJVT4KHdDoBW4Q6AEIJDAA#v=onepage&q=%22I%20will%20hit%20the%20fucking%20ball%20to%20harrisburg%22&f=false (2013) by the Clemente family

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„You pitch me the fuck inside and I hit the fucking ball to McKeesport.“

— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Circa 1970, '71 or '72; as quoted by Blass in Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero https://books.google.com/books?id=jIhcvFs-k1cC&pg=PA173 (2006) by David Maraniss, p. 173

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„Niggas pray and pray on my downfall
But every time I hit the ground I bounce up like round ball.“

—  Jay-Z American rapper, businessman, entrepreneur, record executive, songwriter, record producer and investor 1969
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„One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you.“

— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
Context: One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. … All you need to do is to be curious, receptive, eager for experience. And there's one strange thing: when you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else. p. 14

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„I hit the ball and I slip at home plate and they fine me $650. First time up I hit a homer one-handed. I just limped around the bases.“

— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Context: The 100 grand right fielder revealed that Danny Murtaugh once fined him $650 when he did not run after hitting a ball to the shortstop. He never explained how Murtaugh reached the $650 figure. "I hit the ball and I slip at home plate and they fine me $650. First time up I hit a homer one-handed. I just limped around the bases." As paraphrased and quoted in "Clemente Back, Lashes Out at Writers; Buc Explodes Over 'Team Player' Image" https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LJxRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=02wDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7083%2C4907609

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„Everybody, they say Roberto just swings the bat and hits the ball. I work hard. No one works harder than I do. People think things come easy to me. They don't.“

— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
As quoted in "Clemente Says Hitting Does Not Come Easy" https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=UagkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xqAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5876%2C6101257 by Ralph Bernstein (AP), in The Reading Eagle (March 26, 1968)

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„Blass, I 'm going to tell you this. You pitch me inside; I will hit the freaking ball to Harrisburg.“

— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Circa 1970, '71 or '72; as quoted by Blass in A Pirate for Life https://books.google.com/books?id=NfLFdUrYpH8C&pg=PT146&dq=%22I+will+hit+the+freaking+ball+to+Harrisburg%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiC8tLNxIrVAhVGWz4KHY_XBWUQ6AEIJDAA#v=onepage&q=%22I%20will%20hit%20the%20freaking%20ball%20to%20Harrisburg%22&f=false (2012) by Blass and Erik Sherman

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„No matter the lie, even if I was on my own, I'd have to play it. I can hear my dad saying: 'Play the ball as it lies.' Because of the way I was taught, I would feel awful about it. I don't know if that makes me dead honest or dead stupid.“

— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
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„I feel better now than I did at any time last season; the shoulder really hurt me bad last year. The left shoulder still gives me some trouble. It makes me swing differently. I have to adjust. Sometimes I find I'm over-cutting the ball. That is not my natural style. I used to swing and I just knew I could hit the ball hard. I knew when I could hit to right field, when I could pull. Now it's different. I have to force myself more than I ever did. Maybe it's because I'm getting old. Maybe.“

— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Discussing two separate pre-season shoulder injuries, sustained, respectively, in February 1968 to the right shoulder, and in March 1969 to the left; as quoted in "A Sounder Clemente Has New Outlook; Buc Super Star May Play On and On" https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JFAOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4H0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7168,1534716 by Charley Feeney, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Tuesday, August 12, 1969), p. 18

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„I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous.“

— James Branch Cabell American author 1879 - 1958
Context: I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are... The Epilogue : Which is the proper ending of all comedies; and heralds, it may be, an afterpiece.

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„How many times have I lost my way?
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— Ayumi Hamasaki Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress 1978
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„Blass, I'm going to tell you something: You pitch me inside, I hit the ball to Harrisburg.“

— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Circa 1970, '71 or '72; as quoted by Blass in "40 years later, Clemente remains man for all time" http://www.tbo.com/list/sports-columns-mfennelly/fennelly--years-later-clemente-remains-man-for-all-time-515856 by Martin Fennelly in The Tampa Bay Tribune (September 28, 2012)

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„This taught me a lesson, but I’m not sure what it is.“

— John McEnroe US tennis player 1959
On losing to Tim Mayotte in the Ebel US Pro Indoor Championships, NY Times (February 9, 1987)

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