I am grateful that I live in a nation where most believe that one's punishment should fit their wrongdoing and that ours is a nation that judges an individual by both what he has done and how he has changed.
I was born on the day Lincoln was shot and the Titanic sank.
Your obligation as a base runner is to try and be safe within the rules. OK?
We were so poor when I was a kid that I had a sister who was stamped, 'Made In Japan.'
I don't think there's any honor bigger than going to your Hall of Fame for your sport.
I played with 11 Hall of Famers and played against 52 Hall of Famers, and I don't know any of them linked to steroids.
I like Barack Obama as a person. He's articulate, he knows sports, his brother-in-law's a coach. He always has the athletes to the White House. But I don't know about some of his policies and some of these people in Congress.
I actually went to some Gamblers Anonymous classes, and I sat there for three or four of them, and I'm trying to figure out what I have in similarities with these other people, and I could never find anything. It just seems like it wasn't the right place for me.
No one ever asked what was my relationship with Bart Giamatti. We used to talk about baseball a lot as a player and a commissioner, just talk about the game, what could we do to help the game, where's the game going, he was pretty good.
Can you be a nicer gentleman, or a better man for your sport or your kids than Joe Paterno?
Hillary Clinton wrote a book. She got paid. I don't understand why I can't.
I look at the records, and you don't win the Cy Young seven times or the MVP without being a good player.
I've never looked forward to a birthday like I'm looking forward to my new daughter's birthday, because two days after that is when I can apply for reinstatement.
I would think if someone connected to steroids made the Hall of Fame, that would enhance my chances of making the Hall of Fame.
Who cares if you bunt for a base hit?
Back in 1960 at Christmas time, I did work loading and unloading boxcars for Railway Express. That was a kind of weight training that helped me. I weighed about 160 when I started. I began to gain weight and kept right on gaining until I reached 195 pounds.
No matter how many times you say you're sorry, somebody is not going to hear you.
My body is my best asset.
I'm not going to go back to gambling; I mean, it's as simple as that.
Sparky Anderson taught me this a long time ago: 'There's three ways you can treat a person. You can pat 'em on the butt, you can kick 'em in the butt, or you can leave 'em alone.'
Baseball and the players association have rules. If you stay within the rules - which say that you can play while you're appealing - I don't see what anyone would be in arms about.
When I get the record, all it will make me is the player with the most hits. I'm also the player with the most at bats and the most outs. I never said I was a greater player than Cobb.
The manager of a team is like a stagecoach, he can't move unless he has the horses.
I bet on my team to win every night because I love my team; I believe in my team. I did everything in my power every night to win that game.
I met Gerald Ford. I met Richard Nixon. I met Jimmy Carter. I met Dwight Eisenhower when he was a general. George Bush senior. I haven't met Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, although I got a letter from him.
Brooks Robinson belongs in a higher league.
I had an addiction to play baseball.
Obama's a great speaker. Because of his speaking ability and his appearance, a lot of guys got on board. Being the first African American, a lot guys got on board.
When you play this game twenty years, go to bat ten-thousand times, and get three-thousand hits, do you know what that means? You've gone zero for seven-thousand.
Since 1869, baseball has been doing pretty well.
Playing baseball for a living is like having a license to steal.
Baseball is an individual game, but it should never be a personal game.
Am I still in uniform? Then I ain't retired.
I can't remember, I wish I could remember the first time I bet on baseball.
I'm just like everybody else. I have two arms, two legs and four-thousand hits.
Doctors tell me I have the body of a thirty year old. I know I have the brain of a fifteen year old. If you've got both, you can play baseball.
I still gamble, but it's all legal. I own horses, and I go to watch my horse. I don't go daily.
I never picked up my phone and called a bookmaker and bet on a baseball game from the clubhouse. Never.
I admitted I bet on baseball, but I wasn't suspended from baseball for betting on baseball.
The greatest competitor was Bob Gibson. He worked so fast out there and he always had the hood up. He always wanted to close his own deal. He never talked to you because he was battling so hard. I sure as hell don't miss batting against him, but I miss him in the game.
I came to Vegas because I work 20 days a month here; I couldn't live anywhere else.
I'm not sure Mark McGwire was a Hall of Famer to begin with.
Somebody's gotta win and somebody's gotta lose and I believe in letting the other guy lose.
It's a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square.
See the ball; hit the ball.
I never gave up as a player, and I won't give up as someone who wants to go to the Hall of Fame, because it's the ultimate goal for a baseball player or a football player or a basketball player.
Never bet on baseball.
I know about winning batting titles.
A team will take on its manager's personality. If it's a laid back manager, you'll have a laid back personality. The players will see that if it's OK for the Manager to be laid back, then you'll have a laid back team.
When somebody wants to interview me, I've always got something to say.