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    I went to a strict elementary school with nuns, and uniforms that I'm pretty sure were made out of sandpaper. It was an academic, sports-oriented place. I liked to read, and wanted to act, and didn't try out for volleyball. I was weird. The other girls would dip my hair in ink and stuff.
    — Zosia Mamet
    tags: girls  school  read 
     
    At Barca, players were banned from driving their sports cars to training. I thought this was ridiculous - it was no one's business what car I drive - so in April, before a match with Almeria, I drove my Ferrari Enzo to work. It caused a scene.
    — Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    tags: work  thoughts  business  april 
     
    The hardest shot in golf is a mashie at 90 yards from the green, where the ball has to be played against an oak tree, bounces back into a sandtrap, hits a stone, bounces on the green and then rolls into the cup. That shot is so difficult I have made it only once.
    — Zeppo Marx
    tags: golf 
     
    You have to have passion for anything you do. Whether it's sports, whether it's music, whether you want to be Mother Theresa, you have to have passion for what it is you do, or what's the point in getting up in the morning and getting out of bed?
    — Zakk Wylde
    tags: music  passion  mother 
     
    Even when I played sports when I was little, I played to win. Otherwise, what's the point of putting the pads on and going to practice? I don't understand.
    — Zakk Wylde
    Music has that ability to be a magical thing, and I was like, maybe music is the vehicle that transports us to that other world.
    — Zack Snyder
    tags: world  music 
     
    I had no interest in sports so I didn't make friends in that traditional way where kids are in public school and they go and they join clubs, and play sports. So I kind of had to find my own way to make friends and get attention and so I just was the class clown.
    — Zach Braff
    I think sports are very beneficial in the fight against obesity. I remember playing little league - I was the best person on the pitch by a long shot. It was only last weekend actually, I think I have some photos of it if you're interested.
    — Zach Braff
    tags: people  fight  photo 
     
    I grew up being into sports and I wasn't trained to move my body in the right way for dancing. I'm the last one to get any moves correct. In rehearsals it's always, 'OK, one more take for Zac.'
    — Zac Efron
    tags: body  right 
     
    Doing risk sports had taught me another important lesson: never exceed your limits. You push the envelope and you live for those moments when you're right on the edge, but you don't go over. You have to be true to yourself; you have to know your strengths and limitations and live within your means. The same is true for a business. The sooner a company tries to be what it is not, the sooner it tries to "have it all,' the sooner it will die.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    During the sixties, all the risk-type sports were very popular, because everybody was rebelling against their parents, or rebelling against the whole system. But those days are over. This is the day of conservatism.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    tags: parent 
     
    Botvinnik was a killer in chess.
    — Yuri Averbakh
    tags: chess 
     
    In chess, you should be as cool as a cucumber.
    — Yuliya Snigir
    tags: chess 
     
    I'm probably the worst at games. I don't really like computer games either. And when I lose, I won't go again but just say I don't want to play anymore.
    — Yoseob
    tags: games  computer 
     
    Everybody sort of questioned why we get married on New Year's Day, and of course, the avid sports fans wouldn't come, because they had to watch the Rose Bowl or whatever that is on that day.
    — Yeardley Smith
    tags: year 
     
    Sports teach you how to be quick. Injuries teach you how to slow down.
    — Yao Ming
    I like sports, and swimming is my favorite. Doing physical exercises keeps one fit and healthy and helps one work more efficiently. I think we all need to strike a balance between work and relaxation. This can keep us energetic and help us do our job better.
    — Xi Jinping
    tags: work  help  job  balance  healthy  exercise 
     
    If he continues like this then I think Messi will be the best player in the history of football.
    — Xavi
    tags: football 
     
    In football, the result is an impostor. You can do things really, really well but not win. There's something greater than the result, more lasting - a legacy.
    — Xavi
    tags: football 
     
    Some teams can't or don't pass the ball. What are you playing for? What's the point? That's not football. Combine, pass, play. That's football - for me, at least.
    — Xavi
    tags: football 
     
    Every generation is gonna keep changing, and you just have to embrace the change.
    — Wyclef Jean
    I'm not trying to win a popularity poll. I'm trying to win football games.
    — Woody Hayes
    tags: games  football 
     
    No back in the history of football was ever worth two fumbles a game.
    — Woody Hayes
    tags: games  football  worth 
     
    Politics is comparable to boxing. The only thing is that in politics there are basically no rules. In boxing, you can get a black eye, but in politics you can get poison in your food or a bullet in the head. It's definitely rougher and tougher than other sports.
    — Wladimir Klitschko
    tags: food  eyes  rules  politics  black 
     
    I think we have tremendous media covering the sport of boxing, even if boxing is a little bit lost in popularity with MMA sports. And I think that with the show 'Lights Out' it's going to get more attention to the sport, and it's going to put more attention to the problems that athletes in general have.
    — Wladimir Klitschko
    tags: problem  lost  attention  media 
     
    I guarantee you, if you could give me 10 points in all those seventh games against the Boston Celtics, instead of Bill Russell having 11 rings, I could've at least had nine or eight.
    — Wilt Chamberlain
    tags: games 
     
    My thing I liked was to challenge guys that were smaller, guys that were supposed to be quicker. Because I think self-consciously I was trying to prove to people it wasn't just my height that was getting me across in these various sports. It was some other intrinsic things that I had that made me a good athlete.
    — Wilt Chamberlain
    tags: people  challenge 
     
    I played sports, so I understood quickly I shouldn't be eating fast food because it was slowing me down, making me feel lousy and lazy, and my instincts were not working as they should.
    — Wilmer Valderrama
    tags: food  lazy  instinct 
     
    At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.
    — Willie Mays
    tags: black 
     
    When I got to professional ball I used to play 150 games every year. It depends on how many games there was.
    — Willie Mays
    tags: games  year 
     
    I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw.
    — Willie Mays
    tags: baseball 
     
    It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.
    — Willie Mays
    tags: time 
     
    When I was in Birmingham I used to go to a place called Redwood Field. I used to get there for a two o'clock game. Where can you make this kind of money playing sports? It was just a pleasure to go out and enjoy myself and get paid for it.
    — Willie Mays
    tags: pleasure  money  games 
     
    The young bloods of the South: sons of planters, lawyers about towns, good billiard-players and sportsmen, men who never did any work and never will... They are splendid riders, first-rate shots and utterly reckless. These men must all be killed or employed by us before we can hope for peace.
    — William Tecumseh Sherman
    tags: men  peace  work  young  blood  hope  son 
     
    The perfect Christmas gift for a sportscaster, as all fans of sports clichés know, is a scoreless tie.
    — William Safire
    tags: gift  christmas 
     
    When your government, employer, landlord, merchant, banker and local sports team gang up to picture, digitize and permanently record your every activity, you are placed under unprecedented control.
    — William Safire
    If I stayed a football player, my career would have been over 20 years ago. As it is, my knees are shot. I found I got the same good feeling in acting that I had in sports, but I found I could have a more profound impact on people.
    — William Petersen
    tags: people  career  football  year 
     
    There is only one race ... and it is human!
    — William P. Young
    tags: race 
     
    Racial discrimination against a white is as unconstitutional as race discrimination against a black.
    — William O. Douglas
    tags: race  black 
     
    If you don't have an end game of something delightful, you're just moving chess pieces around.
    — William McDonough
    tags: chess  games 
     
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