Quotes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
I've had enough success for two lifetimes, my success is talent put together with hard work and luck.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things happen. What we need are positive, realistic goals and the willingness to work. Hard work and practical goals.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
You can't win unless you learn how to lose.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go... Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive that you could say about black people. That's a terrible burden.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
What I have is P.H. positive chronic myeloid leukemia, which is an aberration in your white blood cells.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Today's youth are told to get rich or die trying and they really shouldn't take that attitude forward with them.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
This is what I would have done if I had to have a real job: I would have been a history teacher.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The type of leukemia that I am dealing with is treatable. So if I do what my doctors tell me to do - get my blood checked regularly, take my meds and consult with my doctor and follow any additional instructions he might make - I will be able to maintain my good health and live my life with a minimum of disruptions to my lifestyle.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The '80s made up for all the abuse I took during the '70s. I outlived all my critics. By the time I retired, everybody saw me as a venerable institution. Things do change.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Sports and entertainment are the only places where inner-city kids see themselves being able to succeed. Their intellectual development is something they don't relate to.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
My health is fine.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Music rhythms are mathematical patterns. When you hear a song and your body starts moving with it, your body is doing math. The kids in their parents' garage practicing to be a band may not realize it, but they're also practicing math.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Music is really something that makes people whole.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
In athletics there's always been a willingness to cheat if it looks like you're not cheating. I think that's just a quirk of human nature.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There's so much more to the story.
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar