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Kicking A Soccer Ball Quotes


"I loathed the game, and since I could see no pleasure or usefulness in it, it was very difficult for me to show courage at it. Football, it seemed to me, is not really played for the pleasure of kicking a ball about, but is a species of fighting." - George Orwell

"We're here to have a ball." - Art Blakey

"I have never willingly chased a ball." - Robert Morley

"We lose a lot of young athletes because tennis is such a difficult sport. It's not like kicking a soccer ball." - Jim Courier

"Kicking the football and the soccer ball is all the same, just a different shape, like an egg. It doesn't make any difference." - Sebastian Janikowski

"If you can't take a good kicking, you shouldn't parade how much luckier you are than other people." - Charles Saatchi

"Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man." - Pele

"I wouldn't say I'm a ball hog. I'm a shooter." - Kobe Bryant

"In his life, a man can change wives, political parties or religions but he cannot change his favourite soccer team." - Eduardo Galeano

"Gymnastics is not at all as popular as, for example, soccer. Gymnastics as a sport isn't promoted very well." - Henrietta Onodi

"The rest of the world loves soccer. Surely we must be missing something. Uh, isn't that what the Russians told us about communism? There's a good reason why you don't care about soccer - it's because you are an American and hating soccer is more American than mom's apple pie, driving a pick-up and spending Saturday afternoon channel-surfing with the remote control." - Tom Weir

"Well, boys, it's a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square." - Joe Schultz

"There's no honor in soccer" - Alexi Lalas

"I don't like kicking the ball a lot." - Jonny Wilkinson

"It is a noteworthy fact that kicking and beating have played so considerable a part in the habits which necessity has imposed on mankind in past ages that the only way of preventing civilized men from beating and kicking their wives is to organize games in which they can kick and beat balls." - George Bernard Shaw

"I was always taught as a kid if you do something, do it right. If not, go do something else. For me, soccer was life." - Marcelo Balboa

"Some people tell me that we professional players are soccer slaves. Well, if this is slavery, give me a life sentence." - Bobby Charlton

"I never took a position we were going to be a good ball club. I took the position we were going to be a winning ball club." - Red Auerbach

"At Barca we trained every day with the ball. I hardly even took a step running without a ball at my feet." - Lionel Messi

"I've lost balls in every hazard and on every course I've tried. But when I lose a ball in the ball washer, it's time to take stock." - Milt Gross

"If I'd just paid money to watch a soccer game, I'd want to kill someone too (once the buzz wore off and I realized where I was, because the only thing that would make me pay to watch a soccer game is perhaps a half gallon of whiskey)." - Tom O'Brien

"I did not see the sense in chasing a little white ball around a field." - Calvin Coolidge

"Next to dressing for a rout or ball, undressing is a woe." - Lord Byron

"Running a ball club is like raising kids who fall out of trees." - Tom Trebelhorn

"The best advice I can give for playing a ball out of water is - don't." - Tony Lema

"It does look like a very good exercise. But what is the little white ball for?" - Ulysses S Grant

"Hit the ball up to the hole... You meet a better class of people up there." - Ben Hogan

"If you can pick up a ground ball you'll play for any team you want." - Marcus Holman

"The ball is like a woman, she loves to be caressed." - Eric Cantona

"The fun part of golf is the variety of shots. In football you can do anything with a ball, but you can do anything with a golf ball as well. When you hit a shot and the ball does exactly what you want it to do ... that's wonderful. It's just great when you hit the ball well. You should always try not to make the ball cry." - Johan Cruijff

"What is so fascinating about sitting around watching a bunch of pituitary cases stuff a ball through a hoop?" - Woody Allen

"Reverse the ball one time for a good shot, two times for a great shot, three times for a layup." - John Wooden

"I can shoot a three pointer in basketball, and I can kick a soccer ball." - Christopher Mintzplasse

"I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and you played something else." - Wayne Gretzky

"In Latin America the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team." - Luis Suarez

"Addressing a golf ball would seem to be a simple matter; that is, to the uninitiated who cannot appreciate that a golf ball can hold more terrors than a spacious auditorium packed with people." - Bobby Jones

"What's a good investment? Go home from work early and spend the afternoon throwing a ball around with your son." - Ben Stein

"It's so bad I could putt off a tabletop and still leave the ball halfway down the leg." - J. C. Snead

"I'm a great believer that if you don't get the ball to the hole, it won't go in." - Colin Montgomerie

"Don't be in such a hurry. That little white ball isn't going to run away from you." - Patty Berg

"Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Get in front of the ball, you won't get hurt. That's what you've got a chest for, young man." - John Mcgraw

"If he slices the budget like he slices a golf ball, the nation has nothing to worry about." - Bob Hope

"With a versatile player, there's no spot on the court you can't pass him the ball. You can do anything." - Kevin Durant

"I love sharing the ball with my teammates. I see a lot of things before my teammates see them." - Lebron James

"Whoever invented soccer should be worshipped as God." - Hugo Sanchez

"Soccer is easy if you work hard at it." - Ian Feuer

"When covering the man with the ball, the defense should be able to touch the ball with his hand. He should assume this touching position as the ball is being received. When the ball is received, the defense should discourage the pass into the post area. The hands should be kept up. Keeping the hands up reduces a tendency to foul and allows a player to move his hands quickly." - Ralph Miller

"Give a man a soccer ball, he plays for a moment. Teach a man to play soccer, he plays for a life time." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Remember, if you don't have a goal you're not playing football, you're just kicking a ball around the park." - Geoff Thompson

"An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy. ... One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If I were straight and I were trying to seduce a woman, I could do it just by standing up at the table when she came back from the bathroom. It works. Every time I do that, all the straight men are sitting at the table and their wives are kicking them. "Look at that!" "You never do that for me!"" - Tom Ford

"Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it after you catch it is a business." - Tommy Henrich

"It's really hard to perfect one aspect of your kicking game when you're spending some of your time kicking with a holder, some of your time kicking off a tee, and some of your time drop-kicking the ball. To be able to concentrate just on my punting responsibilities will do wonders for me." - Pat McAfee

"Ben Battle was a soldier bold, and used to war's alarms, But a cannon-ball took off his legs, so he laid down his arms." - Thomas Hood

"I had a wonderful experience on the golf course today. I had a hole in nothing. Missed the ball and sank the divot." - Don Adams

"I always like to see a person stand up to a golf ball as though he were perfectly at home in its presence." - Bobby Jones

"I don't believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball." - Roy Keane

"Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball." - Norm Cash

"I'm a Major League 3rd Baseman. If you want to go play in parking lot, I'm suppose to stop the ball." - Brooks Robinson

"I don't need the best hairstyle or the best body. Just give me a ball at my feet and I'll show you what I can do." - Lionel Messi

"A golf ball can stop in the fairway, rough, woods, bunker or lake. With five equally likely options, very few balls choose the fairway." - Jim Bishop

"Swinging at daisies is like playing electric guitar with a tennis racket: if it were that easy, we could all be Jerry Garcia. The ball changes everything." - Michael Bamberger

"I still swing the way I used to, but when I look up the ball is going in a different direction." - Lee Trevino

"Our offensive philosophy is to simply find a way to get the ball into the hands of our team's best player." - Kelvin Sampson

"Because of the suit I was wearing, I couldn't make a good pivot on the swing. And I had to hit the ball with one hand." - Alan Shepard

"Find your bliss and your joy, know that you are a white light disco ball with no ceilings and no limitations." - Kris Carr

"I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I've got a technique. It's called just go get the damn ball." - Charles Barkley

"I lick my fingers because I don't like when my hands get slick. Licking my fingers helps me keep a good grip on the ball." - Steve Nash

"One of the things I want ... all the kids here to remember, is that these [Major League Soccer] stars were not born superstar athletes ... Many of them started out just like many of you-playing on a team at school, or just kicking a ball around on the playground with their friends. But they stuck with it. And I tell this to my girls all the time. I mean, you get to the point when ... things you enjoy ... start getting hard-that's when you know you're getting good, and you have to stick through it." - Michelle Obama

"If this can be termed the century of the common man, then soccer, of all sports, is surely his game.... In a world haunted by the hydrogen and napalm bomb, the football field is a place where sanity and hope are still left unmolested." - Stanley Rous

"All that proves is that most of the world is too poor to build bowling alleys, golf courses, tennis courts and baseball fields. There's hundreds of millions of poor people out there who still ain't got indoor plumbing, but that don't mean there's something great about an outhouse. Soccer is boring. I've never seen a more boring sport." - Mike Royko

"My son is a Liverpool fan, and he was already kicking a ball before he was one. He was born in the football city, he had no choice." - Fernando Torres

"My son is a Liverpool fan, and he was already kicking a ball before he was one. He was born in the football city; he had no choice." - Fernando Torres

"The publicity I have been getting, a good deal of which is untrue, and the rest of it ill considered, has done me more harm than good. The only way you get on in this profession is to have the reputation of doing what you are told as thoroughly as possible. So far I have been able to accomplish that, and I believe I have gotten quite a reputation from not kicking at peculiar assignments." - George S Patton

"Don't be afraid to hit the ball." - Billie Jean King

"The earth is God?s golf ball." - Don Van Vliet

"You can't win without the ball." - Red Auerbach

"The roots of our Soccer Tribe lie deep in our primeval past." - Desmond Morris

"If soccer was an American soft drink, it would be Diet Pepsi" - Lewis Grizzard

"I've always considered myself a crunch-time player. I just love having the ball in my hands. Everyone in the arena knows the ball is supposed to be in your hands and you still make it. It's the odds. I love the odds." - Reggie Miller

"Soccer is a game in which everyone does a lot of running around. Twenty-one guys stand around and one guy does a tap dance with the ball." - James Patrick Murray

"When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball." They say, "Play ball."" - Willie Stargell

"A solitary maple on a woodside flames in single scarlet, recalls nothing so much as the daughter of a noble house dressed for a fancy ball, with the whole family gathered around to admire her before she goes." - Henry James

"Golf is assuredly a mystifying game. It would seem that if a person has hit a golf ball correctly a thousand times, he should be able to duplicate the performance at will. But such is certainly not the case." - Bobby Jones

"When I played ball, I didn't play for fun. . . . It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a contest and everything that implies, a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest." - Ty Cobb

"Once when I was golfing in Georgia, I hooked the ball into the swamp. I went in after it and found an alligator wearing a shirt with a picture of a little golfer on it." - Buddy Hackett

"You can, legally, possibly hit and kill a fellow golfer with a ball, and there will not be a lot of trouble because the other golfers will refuse to stop and be witnesses because they will want to keep playing." - Dave Barry

"Pot is a better drug than alcohol. I'll prove it to you. You're at a ball game or a concert, and someone's really violent and agressive and obnoxious, are they drunk or are they smoking pot?" - Bill Hicks

"I should think it takes a fairly low intellect to draw pleasure from the following activity: hitting a ball with a crooked stick. and then walking after it! An then ..hitting it again!" - George Carlin

"It's a great joy but no test of love or commitment to take your son to a ball game. You really prove your credentials as a good dad when you are willing to take your daughter shopping - more than once." - Michael Josephson

"Part of the charm of basketball lies in the fact that it's a simple game to understand. Players race up and down a fairly small area indoors and stuff the ball into a ring with Madonna's dress hanging on it." - Dan Jenkins

"Tis evident that all reasonings concerning matter of fact are founded on the relation of cause and effect, and that we can never infer the existence of one object from another, unless they be connected together, either mediately or immediately... Here is a billiard ball lying on the table, and another ball moving toward it with rapidity. They strike; and the ball which was formerly at rest now acquires a motion. This is as perfect an instance of the relation of cause and effect as any which we know, either by sensation or reflection." - David Hume

"A golf ball is like a clock. Always hit it at 6 o'clock and make it go toward 12 o'clock. But make sure you're in the same time zone." - Chi Chi Rodriguez

"I get pissed off. I simply do not understand someone who hits a ball that lands behind a tree and can look at it and say, "Well, that's golf"." - Simon Hobday

"In golf, a player can step and mar the line of his adversary's putt. A player can also hit his adversary or his caddie intentionally with his ball and claim the hole - but it isn't usually done." - Charles Brown MacDonald

"To say that these men paid their shillings to watch twenty-two hirelings kick a ball is merely to say that a violin is wood and catgut, that Hamlet is so much paper and ink." - J B Priestley

"Everybody has two swings-a beautiful practice swing and the choked-up one with with which they hit the ball. So it wouldn't do either of us a damned bit of good to look at your practice swing." - Ed Furgol

"Soccer is a magical game." - David Beckham

"Man is a little germ that lives on an unimportant rock ball that revolves about a small star at the outskirts of an ordinary galaxy. ... I am absolutely amazed to discover myself on this rock ball rotating around a spherical fire. It's a very odd situation. And the more I look at things I cannot get rid of the feeling that existence is quite weird." - Alan Watts

"We have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it." - Mitt Romney

"When we're playing a good scoring center, we tell our team that it is not our defensive man's job to stop the center. It's the responsibility of our perimeter people to stop the ball from going inside." - Bobby Knight

"In going for the last shot of the game most people wait too long to take the shot. Give yourself a chance to get the first shot and tap the ball in. Your players are normally inside the defense." - Norm Sloan

"In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing." - Hank Aaron

"There was clearly great charm and worth in a sport so quaintly perverse in its basic instructions. Hit down to make the ball rise. Swing easy to make it go far. Finish high to make it go straight." - John Updike

"What a polite game tennis is. The chief word in it seems to be "sorry" and admiration of each other's play crosses the net as frequently as the ball." - James M Barrie

"He's good at that, David Beckham - he's good at kicking the ball" - Jimmy Armfield

"Every ball that is kicked, Martin O'Neill will be literally kicking it" - Dwight Yorke

"In evaluating the way in which ball possessions are gained during the course of a game, we find that 60 to 80 percent of the possessions are gained by rebounding and after an opponent's score. Twenty percent come from opponents's error, and only 5 percent of the possessions come from steals and interceptions. A study of the way ball possessions are gained makes it seem highly impractical to base pressure defense on interceptions and steals." - Ralph Miller

"Soccer is an art more central to our culture than anything the Arts Council deigns to recognize." - Germaine Greer

"Some people, through luck and skill, end up with a lot of assets. If you're good at kicking a ball, writing software, investing in stocks, it pays extremely well." - Bill Gates

"What do you remember about Jason Robinson? His feet. Not how improved he was under a high ball or his kicking skills. Everyone remembers those feet. He could go round you in a phone box." - Brian Odriscoll

"Men can be men and still get excited about other men kicking a ball around and they're never mocked, whereas it's easy for women to take mocking on board, to be belittled. Because we're used to it." - Marian Keyes

"I'd rather not throw the ball at all." - Lefty Gomez

"In football, the worst blindness is only seeing the ball." - Nelson Rodrigues

"The ball is round, the game is long." - Bjorn Borg

"The same niggas I ball with, I fall with" - Drake

"He told me just to keep the ball low." - Chi Chi Rodriguez

"Out here, it's just you and the ball." - Mike Weir

"Got more dirt than ball. Here we go again." - Alan Shepard

"In soccer, the blindest player is the one who sees nothing but the ball." - Nelson Rodrigues

"If I cover my head with my hands, it means deny the ball to the opponent's ball handler." - Don Meyer

"In a good relationship, people get angry, but in a very different way. The Marriage Masters see a problem a bit like a soccer ball. They kick it around. It's 'our' problem." - John M. Gottman

"Growing up as a kid my father was British and a soccer player. His idol was a guy that passed the ball a lot, Stanley Matthews. Our family thought if you could be unselfish your teammates would always like you." - Adam Oates

"Soccer is a game for 22 people that run around, play the ball, and one referee who makes a slew of mistakes, and in the end Germany always wins." - Gary Lineker

"I played on the boy's teams until I was 12. I just loved it and had a passion for it. You couldn't get a soccer ball away from my foot." - Lauren Holiday

"Soccer presented no challenge to me. Playing felt like breathing: I always had a magical connection to the ball. But it didn't feel like an adventure. Music was more of a challenge and, in the end, felt more interesting." - Pete Wentz

"(After kicking an extra point in a Bengals preseason game) Esteban' Ochocinco is back, the most interesting footballer in the world. Everyone has to remember, I've always said that soccer is my No. 1 sport. I think Ronaldinho would be proud of me right now." - Chad Ocho Cinco

"Foosball screwed up my perception of soccer. I though you had to kick the ball and then spin around and around. I can't do a back flip, much less several simultaneously with two other guys." - Mitch Hedberg

"And of course in America you've got American football and baseball and all those other ball games, soccer has become a little niche that the women have kind of filled." - Parminder Nagra

"In terms of soccer, it wasn't really a thing that girls did. In England it more kind of Net Ball and Hockey and stuff like that in athletics. It's to each their own, really." - Parminder Nagra

"I'm a soccer mom. I'm T-ball, soccer, karate, homework, keeping them on their schedules. I love being the snack mom, when I get to bring the cut oranges. I have one of those coolers with wheels. I'm at every game, every practice, sitting on my blanket. I love it." - Pamela Anderson

"Kicking is very important in football. In fact, some of the more enthusiastic players even kick the ball, occasionally." - Alfred Hitchcock

"I get a kick out of soccer." - Anonymous

"I play on a soccer team." - Jake Short

"There are too many false things in the world, and I don't want to be a part of them. If you say what you think, you're called cocky or conceited. But if you have an objective in life, you shouldn't be afraid to stand up and say it. In the second grade, they asked us what we wanted to be. I said I wanted to be a ball player and they laughed. In the eighth grade, they asked the same question, and I said a ball player and they laughed a little more. By the eleventh grade, no one was laughing." - Johnny Bench

"Bobby JonesConsidered objectively, it is quite obviously a very simple matter to propel a ball with a stick across some specially prepared ground and into a hole which is of sufficient size to accomodate it by a good margin. Simple that is, provided there is no limit upon the time or the number of strokes required." - Bobby Jones

"Offense at Indiana is not equal opportunity. Those players who shoot best are going to shoot most. It is important that every player know his offensive limitations. It is also important that a player know who the best shooter is on the team. When a passer has the option of passing to two players, I expect him to get the ball to the best shooter. I continually stop practice and ask players who the best shooter is and I expect them to know. It is important that you get the ball to your best shooter." - Bobby Knight

"Message to all rioters: put down your brick, put away the spray paint, and leave the cop cars alone; you're acting like soccer fans! It's embarrassing." - Jim Rome

"The hardest shot in golf is a mashie at 90 yards from the green, where the ball has to be played against an oak tree, bounces back into a sandtrap, hits a stone, bounces on the green and then rolls into the cup. That shot is so difficult I have made it only once." - Zeppo Marx

"Until I became a parent, I thought children just naturally knew how to catch a ball, that catching was an instinctive biological reflex that all children are born with, like knowing how to operate a remote control or getting high fevers in distant airports." - Dave Barry

"At a youth soccer game you'll probably hear parents and coaches on the sidelines yelling, 'Pass the ball! Pass the ball!' ... When we continually tell our young players to pass the ball, we're not allowing them to develop their full potential, especially those who have the ability to take their opponents on and beat them one-on-one. As a result, we run the risk of diminishing a player's artistry and potential." - Tony DiCicco

"I hate sports. My reaction to the ball is this [kicks soccer ball] Don't kick it back to me. I don't wanna see it again." - Steven Page

"During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball." - Mickey Mantle

"And the trouble with me is that my ego just can't accept a loss. I suppose that if I were more perfectly adjusted, I would toss off defeat, but my name is on this ball club. Thirty-six men publicly reflect me and reflect on me, and it's a matter of my pride." - Vince Lombardi

"The unique thing about bodybuilding is that when I compete it is just me on a stage alone. There is no field, no bat, no ball, no skis, no skates. All other athletes have to use equipment, like a football. But I don't use anything in competition except myself. It's just me up there. Me alone. No coach. No nothing." - Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Probably the most important aspect of individual defensive play is the 'close-out.' This approach to the ball should be made in a 'step-drag action' with advanced foot moving forward first and then the back foot in a boxer's type shuffling of the feet." - Tex Winter

"The difficulty is, all swing thoughts decay, like radium. What burnt up the course on Wednesday has turned to lead on Sunday. Yet it does not do to have a blank mind: the terrible hugeness of the course will rush into the vacuum and the ball will spray like a thing berserk." - John Updike

"Men capable of governing empires fail to control a small white ball, which presents no difficulties whetever to others with one ounce more brain than a cuckoo clock. I wish to goodness I knew the man who invented this infernal game. I'd strangle him. But I suppose he's been dead for ages. Still, I could go and jump on his grave." - P G Wodehouse

"There was the man who seemed to be attempting to decieve his ball and lull it into a false sense of security by looking away from it and then making a lightning slash in the apparent hope of catching it off its guard." - P G Wodehouse



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