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Quotes of the day: Arnold Palmer

Published Wednesday, September 09, 2015 @ 11:13 AM EDT
Sep 09 2015

Arnold Daniel Palmer (b. September 10, 1929) is a retired American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in men's professional golf history. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed "The King", he is one of golf's most popular stars and its most important trailblazer, because he was the first superstar of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s. Palmer's social impact on behalf of golf was perhaps unrivaled among fellow professionals; Palmer's humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pasttime to a more democratic sport accessible to middle and working classes. Palmer is part of "The Big Three" in golf during the 1960s, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world. Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and in 1974 was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.

I have a tip that will take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser.

I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.

Putting is like wisdom- partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.

Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.

The more I practice the luckier I get.

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.

The only really unplayable lie I can think of is when you're supposed to be playing golf and come home with lipstick on your collar.

The road to success is always under construction.

The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.

Trouble is bad to get into but fun to get out of.

Winning isn't everything, but wanting it is.

You know you're getting old when all the names in your little black book have M.D. after them.


(September 10 is also the birthday of Cyril Connolly, Franz Werfel, and Stephen Jay Gould.)

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