Yao Ming Quotes

If you’re going to learn a new language, you can’t try to be perfect. You’ll stop yourself from talking. You just have to let go.

Sport is the best means of communication between people from different religions and countries.

I don’t really have anything to say. Basketball is not a game that you can play with your mouth. It needs action to prove yourself.

There is a phrase in Chinese, ‘Resolve is victory.’

Friendship first, competition second.

Sports teach you how to be quick. Injuries teach you how to slow down.

Please don’t let the illegal ivory trade orphan even more baby elephants.

No matter whether you are new or an old team member, you need time to adjust to one another.

Sometimes it can feel like there are a billion people on my shoulders.

I’m just one of the 1.3 billion Chinese.

Everybody is improving but I am improving slowly, which seemingly widens our distance.

I understand basketball is not my entire life. It’s only a part of my life. And there are a lot of other things that interest me a great deal … other goals to seek, and this is how I have balance in life.

Embarrassed journalists ask me embarrassing questions, and they get embarrassing answers, and then hand out embarrassing stories to the embarrassing editors, who put them to the front pages of newspapers. When is this going to end?

I think I’ll stick to what I’m used to, my principles, and that is team Number 1 and individual Number 2.

Every sound in the gym is so fantastic. The screams of the fans, the whistle of the ref, the teammates calling to each other, the sounds of the ball touching the wooden floor, the sneakers touching the floor, and the sounds of the fight, the muscle and the sweat. Oh, and the last one-when the ball goes through the net. Don’t laugh at my sensitivity and romanticism – those sounds really attract me.

When I was young, we were taught not to dunk. We were taght not to stand out from the rest of the team. It’s different now.

Basketball, in America, is like a culture. It is like a foreigner learning a new language. It is difficult to learn foreign languages and it will also be difficult for me to learn the culture for basketball here.

To me, first and foremost, basketball is a fun sport. It is a hobby, an interest. And second, it is a profession. I feel that I am very fortunate that I can find a professional job that I really, really love.

A good leader must be fair.

Fortune cookies are a good idea. If the message is positive, it can make your day a little better.

If we buy ivory it makes all of us killers as well.

Is there a choice in life? It’s always been like this. I am jealous that you have a lot of leisure and free time. You are jealous that I have a lot money.

My American strength coach said he liked me better before I could speak English.

I think I am upsetting the coach.

When the buying stops, the killing can too.