„Champions keep playing until they get it right.“

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„If we play our cards right, we can all get more out of life than we put into it; but only if we play for keeps.
No one should ever work.
Workers of the world. . . relax!“

—  Bob Black, livro The Abolition of Work
The Abolition of Work (1985), Context: No one can say what would result from unleashing the creative power stultified by work. Anything can happen. The tiresome debater's problem of freedom vs. necessity, with its theological overtones, resolves itself practically once the production of use-values is co-extensive with the consumption of delightful play activity. Life will become a game, or rather many games, but not—as it is now — a zero/sum game. An optimal sexual encounter is the paradigm of productive play. The participants potentiate each other's pleasures, nobody keeps score, and everybody wins. The more you give, the more you get. In the ludic life, the best of sex will diffuse into the better part of daily life. Generalized play leads to the libidinization of life. Sex, in turn, can become less urgent and desperate, more playful. If we play our cards right, we can all get more out of life than we put into it; but only if we play for keeps. No one should ever work. Workers of the world... relax! </center

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„I will not quit until I am a five-times world champion.“

—  Evander Holyfield American boxer 1962
" Holyfield wins and vows not to quit http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/holyfield-wins-and-vows-not-to-quit/2007/07/01/1183228946187.html"; after defeating Lou Savarese June 30, 2007.

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„You will never get right until you start right.“

—  Voltairine de Cleyre American anarchist writer and feminist 1866 - 1912
Sex Slavery (1890), Context: Now for the remedy. It is in one word, the only word that ever brought equity anywhere — LIBERTY! Centuries upon centuries of liberty is the only thing that will cause the disintegration and decay of these pestiferous ideas. Liberty was all that calmed the bloodwaves of religious persecution! You cannot cure serfhood by any other substitution. Not for you to say "in this way shall the race love." Let the race alone. Will there not be atrocious crimes? Certainly. He is a fool who says there will not be. But you can't stop them by committing the arch-crime and setting a block between the spokes of Progress-wheels. You will never get right until you start right. As for the final outcome, it matters not one iota. I have my ideal, and it is very pure, and very sacred to me. But yours, equally sacred, may be different and we may both be wrong. But certain am I that with free contract, that form of sexual association will survive which is best adapted to time and place, thus producing the highest evolution of the type. Whether that shall be monogamy, variety, or promiscuity matters naught to us; it is the business of the future, to which we dare not dictate.

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„I always tell young swimmers: 'Practice things until you can't get them wrong. Not until you get them right.“

—  Lewis Pugh Environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer and endurance swimmer 1969
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„A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.“

—  Jack Dempsey American boxer 1895 - 1983
Dempsey's definition of a champion. http://www.hennessysports.com/Article.asp?art=214

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„If a man dies when you hang him, keep hanging him until he gets used to it.“

—  Spike Milligan British-Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor 1918 - 2002
[Rommel? Gunner Who? A Confrontation in the Desert, 1989-12-01, Penguin Books Ltd, ISBN 978-0140041071]

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„If you want to become a World Champion you should avoid playing in Open tournaments.“

—  Anatoly Karpov Russian chess player 1951
Interview in Chess Life in 2003 quoted on anatolykarpovchessschool http://www.anatolykarpovchessschool.org/home/karpovinterview.html

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„I played this game to win a championship. I am a champion, and I think The Bus’ last stop is here in Detroit.“

—  Jerome Bettis Former American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers 1972
Bettis announcing his retirement following the Steelers’ Super Bowl victory in his hometown of Detroit (February 5, 2006http://www.hwwilson.com/_home/bios/1992060806.htm

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„[When asked how he's keeping his 12-year marriage to wife Jill fresh] Hookers, drugs. We’re playing the field right now.“

—  Harry Connick, Jr. American singer, conductor, pianist, actor, and composer 1967
ExtraTV interview, November 2006 http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2006/11/happily_ever_after_catherine_a.html

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„The middle class is getting the squeeze, and only one in a thousand will go up. The Big Holders are the house, and the small farmers are the players. The player goes broke if he keeps on playing, and the farmer has to play or lose to the Government by default.“

—  William S. Burroughs, livro Junkie
Junkie (1953), Context: A lot of people made quick easy money during the War and for several years after. Any business was good, just as any stock is good on a rising market. People thought they were sharp operators, when actually they were just riding a lucky streak. Now the Valley is in a losing streak and only the big operators can ride it out. In the Valley economic laws work out like a formula in high school algebra, since there is no human element to interfere. The very rich are getting richer and all the others are going broke. The big holders are not shrewd or ruthless or enterprising. They don't have to say or think anything. All they have to do is sit and the money comes pouring in. You have to get up with the Big Holders or drop out and take any job they hand you. The middle class is getting the squeeze, and only one in a thousand will go up. The Big Holders are the house, and the small farmers are the players. The player goes broke if he keeps on playing, and the farmer has to play or lose to the Government by default.

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„I have modeled and remodeled, and cannot get exactly to my liking. So it is necessary that I keep laboring at it, until the figure is to my thinking and my desire.“

—  James Branch Cabell, livro Figures of Earth
Figures of Earth (1921), Context: The stranger pointed at the unfinished, unsatisfying image which stood beside the pool of Haranton, wherein, they say, strange dreams engender.... "What is that thing?" the stranger was asking, yet again... "It is the figure of a man," said Manuel, "which I have modeled and remodeled, and cannot get exactly to my liking. So it is necessary that I keep laboring at it, until the figure is to my thinking and my desire." Ch. XL : Colophon: Da Capo

Roberto Clemente photo

„I no play outfield until pro ball“

—  Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Baseball-related, <big><big>1950s</big></big>, <big>1955</big>, Context: Four years ago he was playing amateur softball in Puerto Rico. "I peetch and play shortstop," he said of his early days. "I no play outfield until pro ball." Roberto turned pro in 1952 with Santurce and last year played winter ball for that team with Willie Mays. Herman Franks, Giant coach, was the manager. "Wee-lee May and Herm Frank help me," he answered when I asked him if he had been given special instruction in the game by anyone. "May show me how to field and throw," he added. Did Mays or anyone show him how to hit? "No," he replied, pride in his voice. "I learn to heet myself. Nobody show me." As paraphrased and quoted in "Sidelight on Sports: A Baseball Star is Born" https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=d5dRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=52sDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1293%2C4057980 by Al Abrams, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Tuesday, June 7, 1955), p. 20

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