15 Most Inspiring Billie Jean King Quotes

Laguna Niguel, CA, usa, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2014; Billie Jean King, Co-founder of World Team Tennis and President of Billie Jean King Enterprises, Inc. speaks during the 2014 Most Powerful Women Summit. - Image
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She inspires us every day!

15 Billie Jean King Quotes That Are Nothing Short of Enlightening

Many hear the name Billie Jean King and immediately think of her incredible tennis skills.

A former World No. 1 professional tennis player, she won a whopping total of 39 Grand Slam titles.

It's her achievements off the court, however, that we always found inspiring. You may recall her iconic Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs, which was turned into a movie of the same name starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. In this match, Billie was fighting for equal pay, something that is still happening in today's arena.

Since that historic game, she hasn't stopped championing equal rights for all, not just men and women. To say her work is inspiring would be an understatement. Maybe if we were all a little bit like Billie, the world would be a much better place for everyone, not just rich straight white men.

To push you towards standing up for what you believe in, we've rounded up Billie Jean King's most empowering quotes throughout her career. Read through them now!

Best Billie Jean King Quotes

  • "I have often been asked whether I am a woman or an athlete. The question is absurd. Men are not asked that. I am an athlete. I am a woman."

  • "Champions keep playing until they get it right."

  • "Don't let anyone define you. You define yourself."

  • "A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning."

  • "Sports teaches you character. It teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose, it teaches you about life."

Empowering Billie Jean King Quotes

  • "Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball."

  • "This is the century of women."

  • "Pressure is a privilege—it only comes to those who earn it."

  • "Champions take responsibility."

  • "I'm gonna be the best, so I can really change things."

Inspiring Billie Jean King Quotes

  • "I have a lot to say. And if I'm not No. 1, I can't say it."

  • "I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion."

  • "I wanted to use sports for social change."

  • "The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing."

  • "It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences."

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