Quotes by: Major Taylor

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Marshall Taylor
Taylor circa 1900
Personal information
Nickname Major
The Worcester Whirlwind
The Black Cyclone
Born (1878-11-26)26 November 1878
Indiana
Died 28 June 1932(1932-06-28) (aged 53)
Chicago, Illinois
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
1895 Albion Cycling Club
Professional team(s)
1896 Worcester Cycle Manufacturing Company
1899 E. C. Stearns Bicycle Agency
Major wins
1896 Madison Square Garden he lapped the
entire field during the half-mile race
1896 League of American Wheelmen one mile race
1899 - World Champion - One mile
Infobox last updated on
March 4, 2015

Realizing full well that fine condition and confidence will not in themselves make a champion, it is my belief, however, that they are essential factors.
Major Taylor
I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame or a professional career to practice clean living, fair play and good sportsmanship.
Major Taylor
I would like to cite an instance which proves the efficacy of clean living on the part of an athlete coupled with the inspiration received from a champion which go a long way to making a champion.
Major Taylor
I might go on discussing this subject at great length, but after all is said, done, and written, my own book of experiences will best show what these obstacles are, and how I managed to overcome them to some extent.
Major Taylor
In closing I wish to say that while I was sorely beset by a number of white riders in my racing days, I have also enjoyed the friendship of countless thousands of white men whom I class as among my closest friends.
Major Taylor
An athlete must have ability to reach the top, but many who have ability and who do not live clean lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.
Major Taylor
There will always be that dreadful monster prejudice to do extra battle against because of their color.
Major Taylor
These rules may seem simple enough, but it will require great morale and physical courage to adhere to them. But if carried out in the strict sense of the word it will surely lead to a greater success than could otherwise be attained.
Major Taylor
I have also noticed that when a rider who had confidence in his ability was defeated, after doing his level best to win, always received an ovation from the gathering.
Major Taylor
The moral turpitude of the boys of today appears to center in their failure to concentrate on any particular objective long enough to obtain their maximum results.
Major Taylor
To these ideals which were instilled in me when I was a youth, I attribute in a large degree the success that was mine on the bicycle tracks of the world.
Major Taylor
Each great athlete must some day bow to that perennial old champion, Father Time, even as I, for Time eventually wins.
Major Taylor
As a reward of their clean living and good habits these great stars have been able to withstand the rigorous test of stamina and physical exertion and have thus successfully extended their most remarkable careers over a period of many strenuous years.
Major Taylor
I can hardly express in words my deep feeling and sympathy for them, knowing as I do, the many serious handicaps and obstacles that will confront them in almost every walk of life.
Major Taylor
Clean living is the cardinal principle in the lives of the world's greatest athletes, as the phenomenal performances of these outstanding characters will obviously show.
Major Taylor
I know that a good many champions have entertained the thought that the more they discourage youngsters, the longer they would reign. However, this theory never impressed me, and I always made it a point to give youths the benefit of my experience in bicycle racing.
Major Taylor
I pray they will carry on in spite of that dreadful monster prejudice, and with patience, courage, fortitude and perseverance achieve success for themselves.
Major Taylor
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