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Martina Navratilova

  • I'm not just involved in tennis but committed. Do you know the difference between involvement and commitment? Think of ham and eggs. The chicken is involved. The pig is committed.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • in International Herald Tribune ()
  • In Czechoslovakia there is no such thing as freedom of the press. In the United States there is no such thing as freedom from the press.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • in Lee Green, Sportswit ()
  • The moment I stepped onto that crunchy red clay, felt the grit under my sneakers, felt the joy of smacking a ball over the net, I knew I was in the right place. I was probably about six years old ...

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • with George Vecsey, Martina ()
  • My game was rushing the net, playing aggressively, playing for fun, playing to win. ... there are times when I've played my life just like a tennis game.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • with George Vecsey, Martina ()
  • I'm not a one-sex person, and yet I hate the term bisexual. It sounds creepy to me, and I don't think I'm creepy. There are times when I feel downright romantic.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • with George Vecsey, Martina ()
  • The longer I stay in the States, the more I understand how important it is to smile and seem like a nice guy. Like Ronald Reagan. Your image seems to count more than what you do.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • with George Vecsey, Martina ()
  • [On sports:] It's good to compete, good to run, good to sweat, good to get dirty, good to feel tired and healthy and refreshed.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • with George Vecsey, Martina ()
  • The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • in Guardian ()
  • Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • in Roz Warren, ed., Glibquips ()
  • [On being asked 'Are you still a lesbian?':] Are you still the alternative?

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • in Newsweek ()
  • Labels are for filing, labels are for clothing, labels are not for people.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • in David Blanton, Queer Notions ()
  • I think the key is for women not to set any limits.

    • Martina Navratilova
  • [When asked why she never insured her valuable left arm with Lloyds of London:] The answer is simple. They wanted an arm and a leg.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • in Scholastic Coach ()
  • Just go out there and do what you have to do.

    • Martina Navratilova
  • I am not looking for perfection. I look for the best in me.

    • Martina Navratilova
  • 'Lady' is an opinion; 'woman' is a fact.

    • Martina Navratilova
  • All top players are the same strokewise, but mentally I can improve and that's where it's at for top players.

    • Martina Navratilova
  • Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.

    • Martina Navratilova,
    • in American Heroes, vol. 2 ()

Martina Navratilova, Czechoslovakian-born U.S. champion tennis player, coach

(1956)