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A collection of inspirational quotes and sayings by Magic Johnson on life, celebration, family, hope, dreams, AIDS etc.

146 Inspirational Quotes By Magic Johnson That Prove He Is A Born Winner

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Magic Johnson Enterprises, Magic Johnson Foundation, Magic Johnson Theatres, Walton Isaacson

Magic Johnson, who played as point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers for 13 seasons, earning 'NBA MVP Award' three times, became a philanthropist and motivational speaker after his career came to a sudden end due to being tested positive for HIV. Since then, he has talked openly about his past sexual relationship with multiple women and dedicated his life in spreading awareness about the disease through the Magic Johnson Foundation. He spoke at the United Nations World AIDS Day Conference in 1999 and was a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Here we look at some of his memorable quotes from interviews and speeches. Apart from speaking about HIV, he also delivers motivational quotes about sports, winning, dreams, and relationships.

I wouldn't do the 'Magic Hour' again, but I would do TV again. The 'Magic Hour' is not me. Anything I would do, I would have to be me. That is how it would work.

- Magic Johnson

I tell you, it's funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.

- Magic Johnson

We cut him off and there was nowhere for him to go but out of bounds ... It's still the greatest move I've ever seen in basketball, the all-time greatest.

- Magic Johnson

It all started when I got injured early in my second season. This turned out to be as difficult emotionally as physically.

- Magic Johnson

You either have to be great or you have to be bad to get a good pick.

- Magic Johnson

On his telepathic understanding with James Worthy- It's almost like we have ESPN.

- Magic Johnson

People don't stop eating, and they don't stop drinking coffee.

- Magic Johnson

Don't give up! Be friends with people who help you work hard.

- Magic Johnson

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom. Just like right now with the whole mortgage crisis, I want to help people get back into their homes.

- Magic Johnson

I love business. I love helping urban communities grow. I love putting people to work of color. I love making sure - like right now the whole mortgage crisis, I want to help people get back into their homes.

- Magic Johnson

Most people who are healthy, and I'm healthy, can't even live my life. Trust me. I get up 530-6 every morning. I'm in the gym. I run a couple miles. I lift weights, and then I'm at work until 8-9 o'clock at night.

- Magic Johnson

I've always studied business. Even when I was a ball player, I'd read business journals and the business sections of newspapers.

- Magic Johnson

The worst moment from all of this was driving from that doctor's office, to tell my wife that I was HIV positive.

- Magic Johnson

If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to use every connection you’ve got.

- Magic Johnson

The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.

- Magic Johnson

You don't have to be Magic to be special. You're already special, you're you.

- Magic Johnson

I'm from there. You know, when you grow up with these people and see them every day and then you look at the numbers... it was easy; it was a no-brainer. And when Sony took a look, it was a no-brainer to them, too.

- Magic Johnson

I only know how to play two ways: reckless and abandon.

- Magic Johnson

Life doesnt stop because something happens to you.

- Magic Johnson

On the best tactic when playing alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar- Just give him the ball.

- Magic Johnson

They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.

- Magic Johnson

Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird.

- Magic Johnson

Even as a fierce competitor I try to smile.

- Magic Johnson

If you hate to lose, you do whatever you need to do to make sure you're business is successful.

- Magic Johnson

Even when I went to the playground, I never picked the best players. I picked guys with less talent, but who were willing to work hard and had the desire to be great.

- Magic Johnson

WE all have to play as a team to make the world a better place

- Magic Johnson

If you want someone to be your mentor, you better be ready to listen and be humbled.

- Magic Johnson

You can't get AIDS from a hug or a handshake or a meal with a friend.

- Magic Johnson

If people around you aren't going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they're dragging you down, get rid of them.

- Magic Johnson

Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing.

- Magic Johnson

There's Michael [Jordan], then there's the rest of us.

- Magic Johnson

It's a burden trying to keep a secret. It's hard. It probably takes more out of you trying to hold it and keep it than it does for you to really let it out.

- Magic Johnson

I never think that there's something I can't do, whether it's beating my opponent one on one or practicing another hour because something about my game is just not right.

- Magic Johnson

Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.

- Magic Johnson

Any guy who can maintain a positive attitude without much playing time certainly earns my respect.

- Magic Johnson

If you're a competitive person, that stays with you. You don't stop. You always look over your shoulder.

- Magic Johnson

If the community is happy, then they support your business and if your business is doing well, then you can give back even more to the community.

- Magic Johnson

I'm at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.

- Magic Johnson

HIV changed my life, but it doesn't keep me from living.

- Magic Johnson

Assists is what Earvin is all about. That's what my whole life has been, assisting others.

- Magic Johnson

I was able to see what I wanted to do, I could see the opportunity, even when others could not, and I stay committed to doing it and doing it well, no matter what.

- Magic Johnson

When I'm under the gun and I've got pressure on me, I don't panic. I look for the right solution, and then I go for it.

- Magic Johnson

Because if you're going to lose, lose. I'm serious.

- Magic Johnson

I think you just have to keep knocking down doors, you have to keep being aggressive, and even if somebody says 'No', then you have to knock on the next door.

- Magic Johnson

I'm a big believer in dreaming. If you don't dream it, you can't become it.

- Magic Johnson

For me, it always goes back to something I learned in basketball. There's winning and there's losing, and in life you have to know they both will happen. But what's never been acceptable to me is quitting.

- Magic Johnson

You're the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it.

- Magic Johnson

I grew up poor, but I didn't have poor dreams

- Magic Johnson

Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.

- Magic Johnson

In life, winning and losing will both happen. What is never acceptable is quitting.

- Magic Johnson

I like things going on in my life. I don't want to be on a beach somewhere just relaxing.

- Magic Johnson

I try to hire people I don't have to motivate. But I do motivate the people working with and for me.

- Magic Johnson

My work ethic is from sports.

- Magic Johnson

I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan, and now to be an owner of the Dodgers is amazing.

- Magic Johnson

I love putting people to work of color.

- Magic Johnson

A woman always remembers. Remember that.

- Magic Johnson

People see me high-fivin' and smiling on the court, and they don't think that's me. But it is. I just want to go out and be myself.

- Magic Johnson

When you think about the NASCAR brand, it resonates everywhere. They have the No. 1 sports brand.

- Magic Johnson

When I grew up, my family, we sat down, all of us to watch 'Good Times,' 'Sanford and Son,' all those shows that were out at that time.

- Magic Johnson

For a long time, I'd work until 10 or 11. When I work, I'm on. I'm 'Magic.' I love it, but it takes a lot out of me.

- Magic Johnson

I'm far from being a homosexual.

- Magic Johnson

I'm glad that Gov. Scott down in Florida accepted ObamaCare, because it will work.

- Magic Johnson

ObamaCare is working. I talk to a lot of CEOs of hospitals. It is working.

- Magic Johnson

Everyone should have the opportunity to get affordable, quality health coverage.

- Magic Johnson

I'm building shopping centers and movie theaters in the inner cities. So that means supplying jobs and letting blacks understand that we have to build our communities back, not looking to anybody else.

- Magic Johnson

Sometimes friends move apart from each other for whatever reason.

- Magic Johnson

I've always been a leader my whole life. I've always led. I didn't know how to do anything else.

- Magic Johnson

A lot of black guys always ask me, 'Did Larry Bird really play that good?' I said, 'Larry Bird is so good it's frightening.'

- Magic Johnson

I'm the one who will take chances, not worry about the backlash.

- Magic Johnson

Athletes don't like to get up early, but it never bothered me.

- Magic Johnson

All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.

- Magic Johnson

I thank Him every chance I get - on my knees praying.

- Magic Johnson

I have a fond place in my heart for Seattle, so I hope that an NBA team comes back to this great city, this great sports city.

- Magic Johnson

Urban America is like a foreign country in a sense.

- Magic Johnson

I don't care who is attacking my son. I still support him; I still love him.

- Magic Johnson

When you are honest and open with young people, they let you in.

- Magic Johnson

My father is my idol, so I always did everything like him. He used to work two jobs and still come home happy every night.

- Magic Johnson

Magic is who I am on the basketball court. Earvin is who I am.

- Magic Johnson

It's a burden trying to keep a secret. It's hard. It probably takes more out of you trying to hold it and keep it than it does for you to really let it out.

- Magic Johnson

Magic is crazy. He is that crazy wild guy on the basketball court that is very intense and very serious. He is the guy who lives and eats and breathes basketball.

- Magic Johnson

The audience likes their emotions to be touched. They want to laugh and cry and feel good.

- Magic Johnson

Young people want you to be real with them.

- Magic Johnson

The real story is that I had unprotected sex. That's that. That's easy.

- Magic Johnson

The important thing is this Just because I'm doing well doesn't mean that they're going to do well if they get HIV. A lot of people have died since I have announced. This disease is not going anywhere.

- Magic Johnson

The first year was hard for me to deal with. The second year was a little bit easier, but still difficult. It took me five years to get it out of me. It was a difficult moment, a difficult time.

- Magic Johnson

I'm from there. You know, when you grow up with these people and see them every day and then you look at the numbers it was easy; it was a no-brainer. And when Sony took a look, it was a no-brainer to them, too.

- Magic Johnson

My dad was my hero. And I got my personality from my mother.

- Magic Johnson

When a woman is frustrated, and it's your wife, you as the husband get that frustration.

- Magic Johnson

I think that there are always goals for me to try to achieve, and I'm going to work toward those goals.

- Magic Johnson

My having HIV has no bearing on my business.

- Magic Johnson

My family is a praying family, a Christian family.

- Magic Johnson

I love to be in the ballpark. I love to just go in and enjoy a great baseball game, a great pitchers' duel.

- Magic Johnson

I respect women to the utmost.

- Magic Johnson

I guess when people ask what is the biggest transition to the NBA from college, it is definitely defense and the mental part.

- Magic Johnson

I met wonderful people playing in the NBA. Whether it is the officials, the scorekeepers, all the people who work for the NBA, not just for the Lakers, but I'm talking about just for the league itself.

- Magic Johnson

I tell you, it's funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.

- Magic Johnson

Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.

- Magic Johnson

I do not have bad days. I don't wake up in the morning and think that I'm going to get AIDS. I don't dream bad dreams about it. If I did, I'd be giving in to the negativity.

- Magic Johnson

I often tell people when you make a mistake, you not only hurt yourself, but you hurt the ones that love you.

- Magic Johnson

I'm at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.

- Magic Johnson