“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”
“What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose”
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning”
“I have never thought where I will go, or forced any targets on myself.
“Just before a game, I try to keep a clear mind so that I can focus better. I'm the kind of person who plays fast and relies a lot on intuition, so being at peace with myself is vital. Saying my daily prayers helps me achieve this heightened state of mind.”