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 :: 1913-1980, American Olympic Track Athlete

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Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.
~ Jesse Owens - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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I always loved running -- it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
~ Jesse Owens - [Enjoyment]

 

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If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard. The thrill of competing carries with it the thrill of a gold medal. One wants to win to prove himself the best.
~ Jesse Owens - [Winners and Winning]

 

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One chance is all you need.
~ Jesse Owens - [Chance]

 

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People come out to see you perform and you've got to give them the best you have within you. The lives of most men are patchwork quilts. Or at best one matching outfit with a closet and laundry bag full of incongruous accumulations. A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
~ Jesse Owens - [Excellence]

 

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To me, we must learn to spell the word RESPECT. We must respect the rights and properties of our fellowman. And then learn to play the game of life, as well as the game of athletics, according to the rules of society. If you can take that and put it into practice in the community in which you live, then, to me you have won the greatest championship.
~ Jesse Owens - [Society]

 

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We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
~ Jesse Owens - [Determination]

 

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