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Jackie Robinson Quotes


"Jackie Robinson is a true legend." - Sidney Poitier

"Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson." - Willie Mays

"I jack, I rob, I sin. Aw man, I'm Jackie Robinson 'Cept when I run base, I dodge the pen" - Jay-Z

"After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that." - Reggie Jackson

"Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"To be compared to Jackie Robinson is an enormous compliment, but I don't think it's necessarily deserved." - Sidney Poitier

"Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary." - Kareem Abduljabbar

"When I went to Brooklyn in 1948 Jackie Robinson was at the height of his brilliant career." - Ernie Harwell

"Jackie?" "It wasn't your fault." - Tammara Webber

"If I had one wish in the world that wish would be to have Jackie Robinson here to see this happen. I don't think that I would have stood the pressure or have gone through what Jackie had to." - Frank Robinson

"I used to tell Jackie (Robinson) sometimes when they were throwing at him, 'Jackie, they aren't throwing at you because you are black. They are throwing at you because they don't like you." - Pee Wee Reese

"Brooks Robinson belongs in a higher league." - Pete Rose

"He struck a mighty blow for equality, freedom and the American way of life. Jackie Robinson was a good citizen, a great man, and a true American champion." - Ronald Reagan

"Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive" - Lou Brock

"There was never a man in the game who could put mind and muscle together quicker and with better judgment than (Jackie) Robinson." - Branch Rickey

"This guy don't come to the ballpark to beat you. He comes to beat you bad. This (Jackie) Robinson, he plays a ton." - Leo Durocher

"I've done radio interviews about this movie [42]. I feel I'm a part of this movie, since I knew Jackie Robinson. I was at his first game." - Larry King

"Every year we discuss Jackie Robinson Day, which is April 15. We talk about it throughout baseball, promote it throughout baseball." - Curtis Granderson

"I guess what really made me a Dodgers fan from the beginning was that the team had Jackie Robinson, the first 'Negro' in the major leagues." - Cheech Marin

"Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive." - Lou Brock

"I wake the dead. I bring Jackie Robinson and the Roosevelts to life. Who do you think Im trying to wake up?" - Ken Burns

"It's not every day you get to be in a movie about Jackie Robinson, so you want to do it as right as you can." - Andre Holland

"Sadly, the immortal Jackie Milburn died recently" - Cliff Morgan

"Don't try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead." - Jackie Chan

"Eddie Robinson is about one word: winning and losing." - Paul Collier

"More action packed than a Cardiff pub with Anne Robinson." - Jonathan Ross

"Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday." - Anonymous

"Robinson could deliver a knockout blow going backward." - Bert Sugar

"Craig Robinson is basically the mayor of wherever he goes." - Gillian Jacobs

"Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive. The baseball held was my fantasy of what life offered." - Lou Brock

"He (Jackie Robinson) was the greatest competitor I've ever seen. I've seen him beat a team with his bat, his ball, his glove, his feet and, in a game in Chicago one time, with his mouth." - Duke Snider

"When I were a young man, I used to play baseball and steal bases just like Jackie Robinson. If the empire would rule me out, I would get mad and hit the empire." - Langston Hughes

"I noticed when I was driving around that they changed the name of the Interborough Parkway to the Jackie Robinson Parkway. And the Interborough family is very upset about this..." - Andy Kindler

"We used to have an all-Black baseball team, all Black stars and when White folks took Jackie Robinson and brought him into the major league that was the beginning of the crushing of Black baseball teams and leagues." - Louis Farrakhan

"There is an incredible film, 42. It's the incredible story of Jackie Robinson. I have extolled the virtues of this movie to everyone I meet. I've given quotes to everyone I talk to." - Larry King

"What I think is really great about this movie [42], that young people who weren't there will have a chance to have the visceral experience of what Jackie Robinson went through." - Harrison Ford

"When I were a young man, I used to play baseball and steal bases just like Jackie [Robinson], If the empire would rule me out, I would get mad and hit the empire." - Langston Hughes

"I let my game do the talking. I've had incidents like that but when I compare my own story to the stories that have happened forty or fifty years ago particularly to Jackie Robinson for example." - Maurice Ashley

"As much as I loved Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Junior Gilliam, and Don Newcombe, I loved watching Willie Mays play more than all of them combined, even if he played for the 'bad guys!'" - Cheech Marin

"Electing Barack Obama president was a glorious Jackie Robinson moment for the United States of America. Obama didn't just win; he became the first Democrat since Jimmy Carter to win a popular-vote majority." - Timothy Noah

"All though I didn't meet him. His legend and his saga and his story is just that. Jackie Robinson, we all have to tip our hat to him. Because he made the game available to guys like me." - Dave Winfield

"I liked Jackie Robinson because he was cool to watch, not because he was black. Every time you turned around, he was hitting a triple or making a great play in the field or, best of all, stealing home." - Cheech Marin

"How could you get angry with Jackie Gleason?" - Maureen Ohara

"I lived the stuff that Jackie Collins writes about." - Janice Dickinson

"When I was a kid, I loved Jackie Chan." - Lucas Till

"The only man who can stop Cliff Robinson is Cliff Robinson. The man is unstoppable even at 38." - Bill Walton

"He made him a hut, wherein he did put The carcass of Robinson Crusoe. O poor Robinson Crusoe!" - Samuel Foote

"People look at black pride in America and sport's impact on it. In the major cities it took off the first time Jackie Robinson stole home. In the deep South, it started with Eddie Robinson, who took a small college in northern Louisiana with little or no funds and sent the first black to the pros and made everyone look at him and Grambling." - Jerry Izenberg

"Robinson was important to all blacks. To make it into the majors and to take all the name calling, he had to be something special. He had to take all this for years, not just for Jackie Robinson, but for the nation." - Willie Mays

"Someone once said there was a comparison between Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson. Believe me, there's no comparison. Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest." - Sugar Ray Leonard

"Brooks Robinson is not a fast man, but his arms and legs move very quickly." - Curt Gowdy

"Robinson had a servant even better than Friday: His name was Crusoe." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The baby is fine. The only problem is that he looks like Edward G. Robinson." - Woody Allen

"I produced six movies with Amy Robinson since the very early 80s." - Griffin Dunne

"Mrs. Robinson,' he said, turning around, 'you are trying to seduce me.'... 'Aren't you?" - Charles Webb

"I listen to a lot of old stuff like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and The Temptations." - Brett Davern

"Mrs. Robinson is a little dated now, but it has nothing to do with Joe DiMaggio." - Paul Simon

"All the courage and competitiveness of Jackie Robinson affects me to this day. If I patterned my life after anyone it was him, not because he was the first black baseball player in the majors but because he was a hero." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"The catch off Bobby Morgan (a backhanded grab of the Brooklyn Dodger's line drive in September 1951 at Ebbets Field) in Brooklyn was the best catch I ever made. Jackie Robinson and (Giants manager) Leo Durocher were the first people I saw when I opened my eyes" - Willie Mays

"I cannot but feel that the one man, above all others, who deserves the eternal thanks of his own race, and all thinking people, for bringing about baseball's greatest reform, is Jackie Robinson himself...Certainly baseball people should be eternally grateful for the contribution he made to his own people, and to the game." - Ford Frick

"Some day I'm going to have to stand before God, and if He asks me why I didn't let that [Jackie] Robinson fellow play ball, I don't think saying 'because of the color of his skin' would be a good enough answer." - Branch Rickey

"He (Jackie Robinson) knew he had to do well. He knew that the future of blacks in baseball depended on it. The pressure was enormous, overwhelming, and unbearable at times. I don't know how he held up. I know I never could have." - Duke Snider

"In baseball, there is something electrifying about the big leagues. I had read so much about (Stan) Musial, (Ted) Williams and (Jackie) Robinson. I had put those guys on a pedestal. They were something special. I really thought they put their pants on different, rather than one leg at a time." - Hank Aaron

"Whether your name is (Lou) Gehrig or (Cal) Ripken, (Joe) DiMaggio or (Jackie) Robinson, or that of some youngster who picks up his bat or puts on his glove, you are challenged by the game of baseball to do your very best day in and day out. That's all I've ever tried to do." - Cal Ripken Jr

"I cannot but feel that the one man, above all others, who deserves the eternal thanks of his own race, and all thinking people, for bringing about baseball's greatest reform, is Jackie Robinson himself...Certainly baseball people should be eternally grateful for the contribution he made to his own people, and to the game." - Ford Frick

"We met in an airport in Las Vegas, Harrison Ford and I, and he said, "I just finished a movie called 42. I play Branch Rickey. There's this kid in it playing Jackie Robinson. I think it's a pretty good movie."" - Larry King

"I was being thrown to the wolves. Even though I did something great, nobody wanted to be a part of it. I was so isolated. I couldn't share it. For many years, even after Jackie Robinson, baseball was so segregated, really. You just didn't expect us to have a chance to do anything. Baseball was meant for the lily-white." - Hank Aaron

"I've taken a lot of crap from a lot of people. Probably more than anybody in the history of this sport. I know Hank (Aaron) and Jackie (Robinson) took a good deal of crap, but I guarantee it wasn't for six years. I just keep thinking: How much am I supposed to take?" - John Rocker

"Some people would view Jackie Robinson as a very safe African-American, a docile figure who had a tendency to try to get along with everyone, and when you look at his history, you learn that he has this fire that allows him to take this punishment but also figure out savvy ways of giving it back." - Chadwick Boseman

"What I found fascinating was just how quickly the best of the young Negro League players were drafted into the major leagues once Branch Rickey broke the color line by hiring Jackie Robinson. It was clear that all of the major league owners already knew the talents of the black ballplayers that they had refused to let into their league." - Walter Dean Myers

"Styles be fat like Jackie Gleason, the rest be Art Carney." - Phife Dawg

"I read every biography [of Jackie Kennedy] I could get my hands on." - Natalie Portman

"I was carrying Jackie Stewart's bag! Formula One was pretty much the same back then." - Martin Sorrell

"Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan." - Jackie Chan

"There were three great child singing stars: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Jackie Washington." - Don Cornelius

"Not because I'm trying to be fabulous, but I love those big crazy Jackie O shades." - Alicia Keys

"When I was a young kid I loved Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett and Jackie Vernon." - Marc Maron

"I always admired Jackie Kennedy for her dignity, integrity and grace." - Julianne Phillips

"Major League Baseball should retire Roberto Clemente's number, just like they did Jackie Robinson's." - Carlos Beltran

"He (Frank Robinson as Manager) can step on your shoes, but he doesn't mess up your shine." - Joe Morgan

"I don't see why you reporters keep confusing Brooks (Robinson) and me. Can't you see that we wear different numbers." - Frank Robinson

"I want to be remembered for Swiss Family Robinson and Old Yeller. I think Swiss is probably my favorite film" - Tommy Kirk

"I want to be remembered for Swiss Family Robinson and Old Yeller. I think Swiss is probably my favorite film." - Tommy Kirk

"We live in a global village. No country can live in isolation of others like Robinson Crusoe." - Li Keqiang

"Full disclosure here - I had a terrible crush on Smokey Robinson, like every other female on the planet." - Linda Ronstadt

"Once the record was mine, I had to use it like a Louisville Slugger. I believed, and still do, that there was a reason why I was chosen to break the record. I feel it's my task to carry on where Jackie Robinson left off, and I only know of one way to go about it. It's the only way I've ever had of dealing with things like fastballs and bigotry - keep swinging at them." - Hank Aaron

"Jackie Wilson said it was Reet-Petite, kind of love you got knock me off my feet." - Van Morrison

"I know what love is: Tracy and Hepburn, Bogart and Bacall, Romeo and Juliet, Jackie and John and Marilyn..." - Ian Shoales

"We had a love-hate relationship. Jackie knew exactly what she could get out of one of my photos." - Ron Galella

"I wound up signing to RCA Victor as a trumpeter, guesting on shows like Jackie Gleason's Honeymooners." - Frankie Avalon

"I love 'Enter the Dragon,' and I love Japanese movies. I love Jackie Chan movies; they are my heroes." - Rain

"As much as I liked and admired the various members of the Kennedy family, my first loyalty was to Jackie." - Pierre Salinger

"I was one of the first people to learn that Jackie was going to marry Aristotle Onassis." - Pierre Salinger

"Jackie Kennedy was magnificent in the days and weeks immediately following her husband's assassination. She was especially wonderful to me." - Pierre Salinger

"I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan." - Jackie Chan

"Why did I become Jackie Chan? Mostly because I work very hard. When people were sleeping, I was still training." - Jackie Chan

"Jackie Chan is a myth." - Jackie Chan

"I certainly look at them very differently now, and enjoy Jackie Chan movies and movies like that." - Chiaki Kuriyama

"Jackie Chan, I've known him, he's a great guy. I know he's very watchable and fun. He's perfect, actually." - Dolph Lundgren

"I wanted to know how Jackie felt about [John F. Kennedy], and I got to know Rachel "Bunny" Mellon. Bunny and her were buddies. I asked, "How do you know what Jackie knew?" And Bunny said, "She told me."... Jackie called him "Magic." Bunny said she just picked her man. That was it. This was the guy she loved." - Chris Matthews

"The first real thing was Divine as Jackie Kennedy [in Eat Your Makeup]. His mother found the bloody Jackie Kennedy outfit in the boot of his car and said, 'What is this?" and Divine said, "I am Jackie Kennedy!" His mother just changed the subject; she didn't know what to say." - John Waters

"Eden Robinson is one of those rare artists who comes to writing with a skill and maturity that has taken the rest of us decades to achieve." - Thomas King

"I did not feel I could create a more beautiful or interesting Mars than Kim Stanley Robinson or Greg Bear had, so I turned my attention elsewhere." - Sarah Zettel

"Bury the dead. Say Robinson Crusoe was true to life. Well then Friday buried him. Every Friday buries a Thursday if you come to look at it." - James Joyce

"Robinson did not merely play at center stage. He was center stage; and wherever he walked, center stage moved with him." - Roger Kahn

"I don't worry about playing basketball; that comes natural. I just want to have fun. David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordanthis is like spring break in the ghetto." - Charles Barkley

"I hope the car they (Sport Magazine who awarded it to the World Series MVP) give him (Brooks Robinson) has an extra large glove box." - Sparky Anderson

"I'm beginning to see Brooks [Robinson] in my sleep. If I dropped a paper plate, he'd pick it up on one hop and throw me out at first." - Sparky Anderson

"I don't think, in all the years I managed them, I ever spoke more than thirty words to Frank and Brooks Robinson." - Earl Weaver

"A guy like Scott [Robinson] plays the whole history of music on every instrument you've ever heard of. He's just kind of an unparalleled genius." - Jon Gordon

"I worked in a barbershop. I used to make the waves in the brother's hair, you know? Like, Nat King Cole, Sugar Ray Robinson." - George Clinton

"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson Joltin' Joe has left and gone away." - Paul Simon

"I pulled a book by Robinson Jeffers off the shelf one day. It was powerfully moving. Tears ran down my face. That's when I became a poet." - William Everson

"I was particularly stunned by the casting of [Tom] Cruise, who is no more my Vampire Lestat than Edward G. Robinson is Rhett Butler." - Anne Rice

"Mr. Speaker, I am sure the picture of the hon. member of the NDP [Svend Robinson] is posted in much more wonderful places than just police stations." - Stephen Harper

"There is always an unconscious collaboration among artists.. ..the artist who imagine himself a Robinson Crusoe is either a primitive or a fool." - William Baziotes

"well with me now is Geoffrey Robinson. He was once voted 'After-dinner Speaker of the Year', so if you've had your tea, you're in for a treat" - Eddie Mair

"Somebody said I sound like an old lady, and I was really insulted by that. I'm trying to sound like Skip James and Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye." - Tom Waits

"I like Edward G. Robinson - he started as a character actor and became a lead, which is probably why I like him." - William Sanderson

"Was there ever yet anything written by mere man that was wished longer by its readers, excepting Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, and the Pilgrim's Progress?" - Samuel Johnson

"Everybody who I ever cared about has told me that they like my music: Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Al Green, The Spinners, Smokey Robinson. Everybody that matters." - Daryl Hall

"Josh wanted to be the one to break the color barrier. When the Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson he knew it was over for him. He wasn't going to make the big leagues, and he also knew that because of his health and his bad knees his career with the Grays was about over. He didn't know what to do with himself. They say a man can't die of a broken heart, and I guess that's true. But I'll tell you this, all of this sure lessened Josh's will to keep going, to keep fighting to stay alive." - Ted Page

"Thinking about the things that happened, I don't know any other ball player would could have done what he (Jackie Robinson) did. To be able to hit with everybody yelling at him. He had to block all that out, block out everything but this ball that is coming in at a hundred miles an hour and he's got a split second to make up his mind if it's in or out or down or coming at his head, a split second to swing. To do what he did has got to be the most tremendous thing I've ever seen in sports." - Pee Wee Reese

"O.J. Simpson was primarily interested in O.J. His rise to fame in the late '60s coincided with the period where black athletes were more outspoken and political than in any era. You're talking about the generation of black athletes that came about after Jackie Robinson. Athletes after that were just happy to find a place in sports. But when you got to the mid-'60s, you had athletes like Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali, who were very outspoken on the issues of race and civil rights." - Ezra Edelman

"My personal style icon is Steve McQueen. My design style icon is a mix of everyone from Jackie O. to Lauren Hutton to my mother." - Michael Kors

"Bruce Lee brought the martial arts movie to the attention of the world - and without him, I don't think that anyone would have ever heard of Jackie Chan." - Jackie Chan

"I used to skip school to go there when I was growing up in Newark, ... I saw the Flamingos, the Heartbeats, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Jackson." - George Clinton

"I am not a boy, not a girl, I am not gay, not straight, I am not a drag queen, not a transsexual - I am just me, Jackie." - Jackie Curtis

"It was a bit of a lark when I agreed to do [Smokey and the Bandit], and I knew we'd have fun if we could get Jackie Gleason." - Burt Reynolds

"I know that they [Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Griffith-Joyner and even Wilma Rudolph] have paved the way and they have been a source of inspiration." - Allyson Felix

"I play the Father/Son every year on the PGA TOUR Champions. I split it between Jackie and Gary as my playing partners." - Jack Nicklaus

"Major League Baseball has not forgotten and will never forget the great contribution and sacrifice that Jackie made to baseball and to all of society" - Bud Selig

"When I try to speak perfectly then I am not Jackie Chan anymore. Some words sound like I am trying too hard. The whole thing is not me." - Jackie Chan

"Each morning, before Jackie started her studies, she wrote on a clean piece of paper: Tarde venientibus ossa. To the latecomers are left the bones." - Junot Diaz

"I was like a Borscht Belt comedian trapped in the body of a 6-year-old. I was channeling Jackie Mason at 7." - Josh Gad

"In terms of comedians, I loved, growing up, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, Carol Burnett, all those people." - Ed Oneill

"Before I did 'Rush Hour,' I was a big fan of Jackie Chan movies and I had seen all of them." - Brett Ratner

"A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, 'Jackie, are you scared?' Of course I'm scared. I'm not Superman." - Jackie Chan

"After all those years in Asia, I don't have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and - Boom! - people go." - Jackie Chan

"I wasn't trying to top Pulp Fiction with Jackie Brown. I wanted to go underneath it and make a more modest character study movie." - Quentin Tarantino

"I get called Jacqueline Bissette in America. In France, I get called Jackie Bisset. And actually, it is Jacqueline Bisset, which is not that easy to say." - Jacqueline Bisset

"I think I've drawn from some of the most feminine women, like Jackie Kennedy. I am totally devastated that she's gone. She had it all." - Sandra Bernhard

"There's people saying that 'Jackie Brown' was a blaxploitation movie, when there's nothing at all blaxploitation about it other than Pam Grier being in it." - Michael Jai White

"In her memoir, Anne Robinson recounts the wake-up call which motivated her to stop drinking. Leaving her eight-year-old daughter alone in their car while she went to buy liquor, she returned to find her daughter with tears running down her cheeks. The guilt and horror Ms. Robinson felt at this sight jolted her into sobriety." - Anne Robinson

"When Toots finally could breathe again and the blood returned to his brain, he recalled that he had not passed or been passed by Jackie at any time in the race. Toots never used foul language but he came close that night. Jackie paid." - Audrey Meadows

"Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee are my masters; they're the inspiration for my work. Bruce Lee was a heavy fighter who threw hard punches. Jackie moves very fast and uses a lot of comedy, and Jet Li is very fluid. I've tried to combine all of their styles and added some things of my own" - Tatchakorn Yeerum

"I've stayed buddies with my old buddy Jackie Slater. I talk to Jackie Slater. I play golf with Marcus Allen a lot. I play golf with Marshall Faulk a lot. My buddy Craig Young, he lives up in New Mexico. I still talk to a lot of the guys." - Eric Dickerson

"Well, that's the old story I heard about the Jackie Chan films. That, like, Jackie Chan will just keep going and when crew members drop he just replaces them. I don't know if that's true but after having worked in Japan I believe it might be true." - Sarah Michelle Gellar

"Whenever I'm waiting behind the stage, it's kind of like my normal Jackie mode is me talking a lot, playing around, but superstar Jackie mode is me concentrating on making sure that this performance was going to be a great performance." - Jackie Evancho

"Jackie Chan is a very good comedy/martial arts star. He does one kind of martial arts that Jet Li doesn't know how to do and Jet Li does a martial art that Jackie Chan doesn't know how to do. You can both go to two Chinese restaurants, but both can have different kinds of food." - Jet Li



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