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A collection of quotes and sayings by Jesse Owens on sports, running, athlete, Olympics, dreams, life, character, winning, losing, spirit and life.

16 Inspiring Jesse Owens Quotes On Dreams, Aspirations And Life

Quick Facts

Born On: September 12, 1913

Died On: March 31, 1980

Born In: Oakville

Died At Age: 66

James Cleveland Owens, popularly known as Jesse Owens, was an American athlete who specialised in track and field events and is particularly famous for winning 4 gold medals during the 1936 ‘Berlin Olympics’. Owens’ fame rests not only on the fact that he emerged as the most successful competitor at the ‘Berlin Olympics’ but also due to the fact that, as an African-American, he managed to completely humiliate the Nazis and Adolf Hitler, who propagated the ‘Aryan Master Race’ theory. Owens had been a gifted athlete right from the time that he was a student at Fairmount Junior High School and he rose to prominence once he enrolled at The Ohio State University. He was a prodigy in sprinting and the high jump and during ‘The Olympics’ he won gold in relay, long jump, 200 metre sprint and 100 metre sprint to become one of the most iconic track and field athletes of all time. Owens was a great athlete and he has been an inspiration for many. We have compiled few of his popular quotations and sayings. Here is a collection of the renowned quotes and thoughts by Jesse Owens which have been curated from his work and life.
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We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

Jesse Owens

A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.

Jesse Owens

One chance is all you need.

Jesse Owens

The road to the Olympics, leads to no city, no country. It goes far beyond New York or Moscow, ancient Greece or Nazi Germany. The road to the Olympics leads — in the end — to the best within us.

Jesse Owens

Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it.

Jesse Owens

It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close.

Jesse Owens

I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.

Jesse Owens

In America anyone can still become someone.

Jesse Owens

The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.

Jesse Owens

Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.

Jesse Owens

Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.

Jesse Owens

Life doesn’t give you all the practice races you need.

Jesse Owens

The only bond worth anything between human beings is their humanness.

Jesse Owens

Although I wasn’t invited to shake hands with Hitler, I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either.

Jesse Owens

If you don’t try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody’s back yard.

Jesse Owens

For a time, at least, I was the most famous person in the entire world.

Jesse Owens