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Quotes of the day: Don King

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015 @ 10:56 AM EDT
Aug 19 2015

Donald "Don" King (b. August 20, 1931) is an American boxing promoter whose career highlights include promoting "The Rumble in the Jungle" and the "Thrilla in Manila". King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones, Jr. and Marco Antonio Barrera. Almost all of them sued him for defrauding them; King settled most lawsuits for six- to eight-digit pay-offs while managing to avoid a conviction of felony fraud or time in jail. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Hypocrisy is the mother of all evil and racial prejudice is still her favourite child.

I can't believe that having said what I said was interpreted as having been what I said when I said it, because I said it where I said it, when I said it, and who I said it to.

I dare to be great. The man without imagination stands unhurt and hath no wings. This is my credo, this is my forte.

I had a moment of religious epiphanosity.

I will fight for America until the day I drop.

If a bullfrog had wings it wouldn't bump his behind every time he hopped.

If you cast your bread upon the water and you have faith, you'll get back cash. If you don't have faith, you'll get soggy bread.

Machiavelli taught me it was better to be feared than loved. Because if you are loved they sense you might be weak. I am a man of the people and help them but it is important to do so through strength.

Martin Luther King took us to the mountain top: I want to take us to the bank.

Only in America can a Barack Obama happen. Only in America can a Don King happen.

Only in America can you find so many angry people claiming to love their country, while hating almost anyone in it.

Only in America will you see people circling the parking lot looking for a close space at a gym.

There's nothing I love more in life than turning around a bigot.

You can be the greatest guy in the world but if you ain't got no heart, you ain't gonna survive.

You can't rule the world, but what you can do is win the world with love and understanding.

You don't get nothing from sleep but a dream.

You go for the quality of the performance, not the longevity of it.

You see, the problem with me is I'm so good even my friends think I'm doing something wrong. Flair and flamboyance is not illegal. It may be detestable, it may be offensive, but it's not illegal.

You sign an agreement; you make a contract, you live up to it. You never get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate. You got a right to say yay or nay.


(August 20 is also the birthday of Paul Tillich and H.P. Lovecraft.)

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