Arnold Palmer quotes

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

    #Graduation #Inspiration #Golf

  • It is such a disappointment in American political reaction and actions. When some of our politicians are flying around the country in private airplanes all the time, using public services as their mode of private transportation, and then criticizing us who are in business.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Country #Disappointment #Airplane

  • I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Perseverance #Motivational Sports #Determination

  • There's no question that the galleries still like to see birdies and eagles. If you take them all away, it takes some of the dramatics, the excitement of a golf tournament and we [people] don't want to do that.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Eagles #People

  • Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Inspirational #Sports #Adversity

  • There's some good news, too, and the good news is that the players [finally] have become more aware of the fact that we [in golf] need sponsors, and we need the good will that is created by the players being, let's say, cooperative with the sponsors - meaning friendly.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Player #Friendly

  • It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Practice #Funny Things

  • I was playing golf in Palm Springs and after a round I asked the waitress in a restaurant to bring me a glass of iced tea and lemonade. A lady sitting nearby heard me and asked the waitress to bring her a "Palmer," too. The name caught on and the beverage quickly spread around the country.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Country #Spring #Golf

  • Every day I play golf, that's my goal. To break 70 the other way. To shoot 70 or better.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Play #Goal

  • I would not have been able to accomplish a lot of what I did professionally had I not learned to fly myself and owned an airplane. For example, I was able to fly to an exhibition for the day and be back home in time for dinner. I never would have been able to do that flying commercially.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Home #Airplane #Flying

  • Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Sports #Hunger #Combination

  • I've noticed the sound of the golf ball being hit by the golf club is different, and much more realistic, with the hearing aids. The sound with the hearing aids makes sense, and better represents what I know is happening to the golf ball. So you could say that the hearing aids help give me confidence regarding my golf game.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Games #Giving

  • I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Winning #Chance

  • I can sum it up like this: Thank God for the game of golf.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Games #Thank God

  • How did I make a twelve on a par five hole? It's simple - I missed a four foot putt for an eleven.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Simple #Feet

  • Concentration, Confidence, Competitive urge, Capacity for enjoyment.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Capacity #Concentration #Enjoyment

  • Trouble is bad to get into but fun to get out of. If you're in trouble, eighty percent of the time there's a way out. If you can see the ball, you can probably hit it; and if you can hit it, you can move it; and if you can move it, you might be able to knock it in the hole. At least it's fun to try.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Fun #Moving #Golf

  • 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.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Motivational #Discovery #Self

  • Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Simple #Complicated

  • Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Teamwork #Character #Golf

  • Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Sports #Golf #Simple

  • Had I not become a professional golfer, I think I would have pursued some type of career in aviation.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Thinking #Careers #Aviation

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

    #Wisdom #Golf #Natural

  • What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Art #Athlete #Golf

  • Sam Snead will fly anywhere in my plane with me. Sam's not as worried about the danger as he is about saving money.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Saving #Worried #Danger

  • From the beginning it was drilled into me that a golf course was a place where character fully reveals itself -- both its strengths and its flaws. As a result, I learned early not only to fix my ball marks but also to congratulate an opponent on a good shot, avoid walking ahead of a player preparing to shoot, remain perfectly still when someone else was playing, and a score of other small courtesies that revealed, in my father's mind, one's abiding respect for the game.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Father #Character #Golf

  • I've been wearing hearing aids for a long time. The technology available now is simply unbelievable. When I compare the new digital products to what we had 30 years ago, it's an amazing difference.... There was a time when I couldn't hear what most people said to me, most of the time. But with the hearing aids, I understand just about everything ... it really is very impressive.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Technology #Differences #Years

  • What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive: the white ball sailing up into the sky, reaching its apex, falling and finally dropping to the turf, just the way I planned it.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Art #Fall #Golf

  • I guess most of us would rather not discuss cancer because we are all afraid we might be told we have it. It's hard for people to even say the word, and that's the first obstacle you have to overcome when you are diagnosed with the disease. I think once you understand a little more about it ... I don't mean it gets any easier ... but I think you give it more in-depth thought about how you're going to deal with it.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Cancer #Mean #Thinking

  • I suppose I could think of a lot of things to say about the fact that I still play. But I don't really need to. I can tell you this, that I enjoy it. I still enjoy it. I like to get out in the air and I like to walk and I like to do the things that are involved in playing golf.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Thinking #Air

  • Everyone I built a course for thinks they have the best golf course in the world and I'm very pleased and proud of that.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Thinking #World

  • I try to deign golf courses that are individual in character and individual in their own standing.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Character #Golf #Trying

  • Here is a philosophy of boldness to take advantage of every tiny opening toward victory.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Philosophy #Victory #Tiny

  • I didn't get playing professional golf until I was 25 years old. And I always said that if I could make it work, I would play as long as I could walk.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Years #Play

  • Hit it hard, go find it and hit it hard again.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf

  • If you can see it, you can hit it and if you can hit it, you can hole it.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Holes

  • The whole secret to mastering the game of golf - and this applies to the beginner as well as the pro - is to cultivate a mental approach to the game that will enable you to shrug off the bad days, keep patient and know in your heart that sooner or later you will be back on top.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Heart #Bad Day #Golf

  • I have a tip that can take 5 strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Games #Strokes

  • I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Opponents

  • I think I've heard somebody say that I was a well-dressed golfer. I guess that has something to do with the fact that a lot of people who play golf don't dress very well.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Thinking #Play

  • It is not a dreamlike state, but the somehow insulated state, that a great musician achieves in a great performance. He's aware of where he is and what he's doing, but his mind is on the playing of his instrument with an internal sense of rightness - it is not merely mechanical, it is not only spiritual; it is something of both, on a different plane and a more remote one.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Sports #Spiritual #Mind

  • If you're stupid enough to whiff, you should be smart enough to forget it.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Smart #Stupid #Golf

  • One thing I've learned over time is, if you hit a golf ball into water, it won't float.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Water #Balls

  • The game has such a hold on golfers because they compete not only against an opponent, but also against the course, against par, and most surely- against themselves.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Games #Opponents

  • Your worst putt will usually be as good as your best chip.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Chips #Worst

  • I can only tell you one thing that I do know for sure, I am a dreamer. There are not many people that will recognize or want to recognize the fact that they are dreamers in their own life ... I continue to get up in the morning,enthusiastically, and go pick up a golf club with a thought that I can somewhere find that secret to making the cut. That's just an example, but it applies to other things in life, too, and that's the way I live and the way I think and the way I feel.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Morning #Cutting #Golf

  • My grandson Sam Saunders has been playing golf since he could hold a club and I spent a lot of time with him over the years. Like my father taught me, I showed him the fundamentals of the game and helped him make adjustments as he and his game matured over the years.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Father #Golf #Games

  • What separates great players from the good ones is not so much ability as brain power and emotional equilibrium.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Player #Emotional

  • What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Mean #Hands #Focus

  • Golf challenges you mentally at any age, and when you become my age, it's a challenge physically to try to make your game work as well as it ever did. That's close to impossible, but that doesn't keep you from trying to hit the ball where you used to hit it and make the putts you used to make all the time.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Games #Challenges

  • I would urge the government to allocate more funds toward fighting cancer. My own situation, it made me think. It made me think about the potential of dying. I wouldn't say I was scared. I'm more scared of how it will happen than of it happening. I'm not scared that I'm going to die. I think of how I'm going to die ... I don't want to linger. That scares me a little. The idea of lingering.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Cancer #Fighting #Thinking

  • I would like to have won more golf tournaments. But I wouldn't sacrifice my life. I've enjoyed it. I'd love to do it again the same way.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Sacrifice #Way

  • Golf is a game of inches. The most important are the six inches between your ears.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Games #Important

  • A lot of people are afraid of winning. I was afraid I might not win.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Winning #People

  • I have had a love affair with Wake Forest since my undergraduate days, but I didn’t realize until many years later what I had truly learned at Wake Forest, both in and out of the classroom, about the meaning of a productive and meaningful life,
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Meaningful #Years #Forests

  • The thing I probably love the most is driving out with the championship trophy under my arm.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Arms #Trophies #Driving

  • Even before you step up to the ball, have a full battle plan for the hole worked out.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Battle #Balls

  • Putting is a fascinating, aggravating, wonderful, terrible and almost incomprehensible part of the game of golf.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Games #Wonderful

  • Golf is deceptively simple, endlessly complicated. A child can play it well and a grown man can never master it. It is almost a science, yet it is a puzzle with no answer.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Children #Golf #Simple

  • I feel more strongly than ever about this. I would like the professional game freed of golf carts. Golf is a physical game. If we are playing competitive professional golf, we should walk. When I can't walk 18 holes, I'll pack it in.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Games #Holes

  • 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.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Lying #Home #Golf

  • Timing is everything in life and in golf.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Timing #Timing Is Everything

  • If Tiger Woods slamming his club into the ground is the biggest worry wehave, our sport isinprettygood shape.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Sports #Worry #Shapes

  • I’m particularly proud of anything the House and the Senate agree on,
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #House #Proud #Agree

  • Swing your swing. I know, I did.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Swings

  • You must play boldly to win.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Winning #Play #Palms

  • Players need to remember they didn't make golf. Golf made them.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Player #Needs

  • Know how to win by following the rules
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Winning #Following

  • Establish a system you have confidence in and rely on it when you get into tough situations.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Tough #Situation #Have Confidence

  • I'm in love with golf, and I want everybody else to share my love affair.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Golf #Want #Affair

  • Swing your swing. Not some idea of a swing. Not a swing you saw on TV. Not that swing you wish you had. No, swing your swing. Capable of greatness. Prized only by you. Perfect in it's imperfection. Swing your swing. I know, I did.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Greatness #Swings #Ideas

  • I would like to say, however, that a man might be walking around lucky and not know it unless he tries.
    -- Arnold Palmer

    #Men #Trying #Lucky