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Quotes by Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe on the track in 1932"All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"Good golf is easier to play—and far more pleasant—than bad golf."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"The biggest weakness with my game is that I have fun with the galleries. I just love a gallery."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"As your golf improves, your concentration will improve with it."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"Don't worry. Just leave everything in the hands of God."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"I expect to play golf until I am 90--even longer if anybody figures out a way to swing a club from a rocking chair."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"Some of us are fortunate enough to play championship golf, but this isn't essential in the enjoyment of the game."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"There are times when a golfer is tempted to throw her clubs away and forget the whole 'humblin' business.' At other times, she wouldn't trade places with a queen--that's when the shots are long and true, and putts are dropping."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"I played many sports, but when that golf bug hit me, it was permanent."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrickson Zaharias

"When I start my swing, my paramount thought is to not quit hitting the ball."

"I was determined to play the game well or not at all."

"Study the rules so that you won't beat yourself by not knowing something."

"You can't win them all -- but you can try."

"Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"Practice should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised, besides being a necessary part of golf."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"That little ball won't move until you hit it, and there's nothing you can do for it after it has gone."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"If you win through bad sportsmanship, that's no real victory."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"The more you practice, the better. But in any case, practice more than you play."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"There are no shortcuts to good golf. The better players realize this."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"The mediocre golfer generally is one who is too lazy to play better."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"It's not just enough to swing at the ball. You've got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it."
(Babe Didrikson Zaharias's reply when asked how she hits 250 yard drives.)

Babe Didrickson Zaharias throwing javelin"Before I was ever in my teens, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. My goal was to be the greatest athlete that ever lived."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"I don't seem able to do my best unless I'm behind or in trouble."
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

"The Babe is here. Who's coming in second?"
  Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrickson Zaharias first came into national prominence as a basketball player. Though but a teen-ager, she was nominated for three All-American teams and once scored 106 points in a game. Of the 634 track and field events in which she was entered, she won all but 12. She also excelled at golf, winning the U.S. Amateur title in 1946, the British Amateur in 1947 and the Women's professional titles in 1948, 1950, and 1954. In baseball, she toured the country with a team composed mostly of men and could throw a ball 300 feet on a straight line. (She also threw a third strike past Joe DiMaggio.) In bowling, she rolled a 237 game and averaged 170. (Source: The Great American Sports Book by George Gipe, Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York)

Jim Murray, LA TImes sportswriter, described her thus: "She was brave as a lion, as lovable as a lamb. She bragged, she swore, drank, but could be presented at court, comfort a nun, buy a fur for her mother or sew a dress for herself as well as the product of any finishing school. She was a roughneck with a basketball or a deck of cards in her hands. But she grew roses, raised poodles, danced at the White House and hung curtains like the dutiful Scandinavian housewife she was."

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