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The 2010s: 50 notable quotes of the decade

Here are memorable lines of the decade from LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Jesse Jackson, Caroline Wozniacki and more.



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2010: LeBron James on signing with Heat

2010: LeBron James on signing with Heat
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"I'm going to take my talents to South Beach."

 
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2010: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to supporters expecting miracles

2010: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho to supporters expecting miracles
Victor Carretero/Real Madrid via Getty Images

"I'm a coach. I'm not Harry Potter."

 
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2010: Golfer John Daly

2010: Golfer John Daly
Mark Nolan/Getty Images

"[I played better] when I was a drunk."

 
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2010: Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl on recruiting violations

2010: Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl on recruiting violations
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

“I’ve made mistakes, I clearly did, but what I was hoping for was that some other dumb-ass would get on the front page and take me off the hook. I miss Lane Kiffin.”

 
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2010: Golfer Graeme McDowell on Tiger Woods

2010: Golfer Graeme McDowell on Tiger Woods
Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

“He had such a perfect life it seemed, all of a sudden he's human now, so I mean he is going to appear slightly less invincible to all the guys.” 

 
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2011: FIFA president Sepp Blatter

2011: FIFA president Sepp Blatter
FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

"We are not in a crisis. We are only in some difficulties and these will be solved."

 
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2011: Serena Williams to umpire Eva Asderaki during U.S. Open finals

2011: Serena Williams to umpire Eva Asderaki during U.S. Open finals
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

"Don't even look at me. If I see you in the corridor, don't even walk past me. ... I get a code violation for expressing who I am, we're in America, last time I checked. ... you're totally out of control, you're a hater and you're just unattractive inside." 

 
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2011: Reverend Jesse Jackson at funeral of former boxing champ Joe Frazier

2011: Reverend Jesse Jackson at funeral of former boxing champ Joe Frazier
Monte Fresco/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

"Tell them Rocky is fictitious - Joe was reality. Rocky's fists are frozen in stone. Joe's fists are smokin'. Rocky never faced Ali or Holmes or Foreman. Rocky never tasted his own blood. Champions are made in the ring, not in the movies. There deserves to be a statue of Joe Frazier in downtown Philadelphia."

 
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2011: Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano on his fifth-place team

2011: Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano on his fifth-place team
Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images

“We stinks.”

 
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2011: NHL enforcer John Scott

2011: NHL enforcer John Scott
Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images

“I don’t think people understand the nerves and the kind of mindset that fighters go through. I've stayed up nights not sleeping a wink because I know I’m going to fight someone the next day.” 

 
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2012: Tennis player Serena Williams

2012: Tennis player Serena Williams
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

"I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. I have fallen several times. Each time I just get up and I dust myself off and I pray and I'm able to do better." 

 
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2012: FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi

2012: FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi
Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

“I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with?" 

 
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2012: 18-time Olympic gold-medal U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps

2012: 18-time Olympic gold-medal U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps
2012 FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages

"I did everything I wanted to. I finished my career the way I wanted to." 

 
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2012: Usain Bolt after he won 100M, 200M gold at London Olympics

2012: Usain Bolt after he won 100M, 200M gold at London Olympics
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“It’s what I came here to do. I’m now a legend, I’m the greatest athlete to live.” 

 
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2012: U.S. tennis star Andy Roddick

2012: U.S. tennis star Andy Roddick
Mark Kolbe/Getty Image

“I want everyone to look back and think I was awesome.” 

 
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2013: Disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong

2013: Disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong
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"I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times." 

 
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2013: Owner Daniel Snyder on nickname of Washington Redskins

2013: Owner Daniel Snyder on nickname of Washington Redskins
John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

"We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps." 

 
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2013: NBA player Jason Collins

2013: NBA player Jason Collins
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."  

 
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2013: Red Sox's David Ortiz at rally after Boston Marathon bombing

2013: Red Sox's David Ortiz at rally after Boston Marathon bombing
2013: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

"This is our f****** city." 

 
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2013: Muhammad Ali after death of Nelson Mandela

2013: Muhammad Ali after death of Nelson Mandela
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“What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free."

 
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2014: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on positives of no longer being with former fiance and golfer Rory McIlroy

2014: Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on positives of no longer being with former fiance and golfer Rory McIlroy
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

"I can wear heels." 

 
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2014: Disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a taped conversation with his girlfriend

2014: Disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a taped conversation with his girlfriend
Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to? You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it ... and not to bring them to my games."

 
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2014: Former F1 champion Jackie Stewart on Lewis Hamilton

2014: Former F1 champion Jackie Stewart on Lewis Hamilton
Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images

"Lewis can be as big as Muhammad Ali." 

 
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2014: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong

2014: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

"Yes, I feel that I won the races. I know that is not a popular answer, but the reality is that ... it was just a messy time. It was basically an arms race, and we all played ball that way."

 
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2014: NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon on Brad Keselowski

2014: NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon on Brad Keselowski
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway

“I mean he’s a dips—t. The way he races, I don’t know how he’s ever won a championship. I’m just sick and tired of it.” 

 
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2015: Boxer Tyson Fury to Wladimir Klitschko

2015: Boxer Tyson Fury to Wladimir Klitschko
Marianne Mueller/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

"You're boring and I want to get you out of the heavyweight division. You have about as much charisma as my underpants. Zero." 

 
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2015: U.S. women’s player Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Wimbledon’s dress code

2015: U.S. women’s player Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Wimbledon’s dress code
Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

"I didn't even get married in white." 

 
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2015: Tiger Woods on what he would change most in his life

2015: Tiger Woods on what he would change most in his life
ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

"It would be having a more open, honest relationship with my ex-wife." 

 
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2015: Golfer Rory McIlroy on possibly winning $10 million FedEx Cup bonus

2015: Golfer Rory McIlroy on possibly winning $10 million FedEx Cup bonus
Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

"Luckily, that amount of money doesn't sort of mean much to me anymore." 

 
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2015: FIFA president Seth Blatter, promising to appeal his eight-month ban from soccer

2015: FIFA president Seth Blatter, promising to appeal his eight-month ban from soccer
Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

"I'll be back."

 
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2016: Boxer Tyson Fury

2016: Boxer Tyson Fury
Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

"I've done lots of cocaine. Lots of it. That ain't a performance-enhancing drug." 

 
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2016: Paul Manziel on son and NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel

2016: Paul Manziel on son and NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel
Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

“I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday.”

 
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2016: UFC champion Conor McGregor

2016: UFC champion Conor McGregor
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

“And I’d just like to say, from the bottom of me heart, I’d like to take this chance to apologize … to absolutely nobody. The double champ does what the f--- he wants.” 

 
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2016: Rio 2016 spokesman after the Olympic diving pool turned green

2016: Rio 2016 spokesman after the Olympic diving pool turned green
Felix Kästle/picture alliance via Getty Images

“Chemistry is not an exact science.”

 
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2016: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to Las Vegas fans after the city was officially awarded a team

2016: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to Las Vegas fans after the city was officially awarded a team
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“Keep the booing. That proves you’re an NHL city.” 

 
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2017: LaVar Ball, former pro football player

2017: LaVar Ball, former pro football player
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

"Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one." 

 
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2017: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane after getting his 700th point

2017: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane after getting his 700th point
Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images

“Some of the text messages I got were, ‘You have 2,100 more points to catch Gretzky.’ ” 

 
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2017: Cubs president Theo Epstein after Fortune names him world’s greatest leader

2017: Cubs president Theo Epstein after Fortune names him world’s greatest leader
Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos

“Um, I can’t even get my dog to stop peeing in the house.” 

 
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2017: Warriors coach Steve Kerr

2017: Warriors coach Steve Kerr
MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

“Well, we have very little talent, actually. It was mostly coaching.” 

 
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2017: Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez on dating Jennifer Lopez

2017: Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez on dating Jennifer Lopez
Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly

“You know, when I was with the Yankees and we won the world championship and you’re wearing the pinstripes, you think you are pretty cool. But then when you hang out with Jennifer, people confuse me as a security guard all the time.” 

 
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2018: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on offseason advice for Stanley Cup-winning captain Alex Ovechkin

2018: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on offseason advice for Stanley Cup-winning captain Alex Ovechkin
Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

“What are we going to tell him? Work on your keg stands?” 

 
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2018: Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant on winning an Oscar

2018: Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant on winning an Oscar
Matt Sayles/A.M.P.A.S via Getty Images

“I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do.” 

 
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2018: Lakers LeBron James on a woman coach in NBA

2018: Lakers LeBron James on a woman coach in NBA
Harry How/Getty Images

“It’s not about male or female. You know the game, you know the game.” 

 
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2018: Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov on his concussion

2018: Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov on his concussion
Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images

“I don’t have a lot of brain in my head, so it’s not that big of a deal for me.” 

 
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2018: New Florida State coach Willie Taggart

2018: New Florida State coach Willie Taggart
Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

"I thought I was going to come here and have a bunch of turds, and we don't." (He was fired in 2019.)

 
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2019: Rams quarterback Jared Goff after losing in the Super Bowl

2019: Rams quarterback Jared Goff after losing in the Super Bowl
Elsa/Getty Images

“It is the toughest loss I have ever had. It kills. It is terrible.” 

 
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2019: Tiger Woods after his fairytale Masters win

2019: Tiger Woods after his fairytale Masters win
Andrew Redington/Getty Images

“You couldn't have had more drama than what we all had out there. Now we know why I'm balding -- this stuff is hard!" 

 
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2019: Clippers coach Doc Rivers on the Board Man

2019:  Clippers coach Doc Rivers on the Board Man
Harry How/Getty Images

“Kawhi [Leonard] is the most like Jordan we’ve seen.”

 
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2019: Legendary closer Mariano Rivera on being the last player to speak at Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

2019: Legendary closer Mariano Rivera on being the last player to speak at Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

“First of all, I don't understand why I always have to be the last." 

 
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2019: Brandy Halladay, wife of late pitcher Roy Halladay, during his Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony

2019: Brandy Halladay, wife of late pitcher Roy Halladay, during his Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

“I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect. We are all imperfect and flawed in one way or another. We all struggle, but with hard work, humility and dedication, imperfect people still can have perfect moments.” (An autopsy revealed Halladay, who died in a 2017 crash of an aircraft he was piloting, had drugs in his system.)

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