Tennis legend Arthur Ashe was more than just an athlete: he was a performer on the court, an inspirational leader, and showed the kind of ferocity and determination that lingers long after life is gone. He fought for civil rights here and abroad, created a foundation to fill healthcare gaps in urban areas, and although he died at the early age of 49, his life was crammed full of achievement and meaningful endeavor.
He was a doer, and this quote sums up that basic truth. We cannot wait to react to our lives. We cannot get stuck because it doesn’t match some imagined model.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
— Arthur Ashe
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Aw, shucks. One of the basic lessons of living with quotations is that nothing is truly original. Whether he knew it or not, Ashe was expressing the same point as Teddy Roosevelt: “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” (We like Ashe’s version better.) Any other attributions? 🙂