12 Serena Williams Quotes We’re Committing to Memory 

As the winner of 23 Grand Slams, a mom, a designer, an entrepreneur and more, Serena Williams knows a thing or two about success. Whether you’re ready to take on the day or need a little confidence boost, these 12 Serena Williams quotes are sure to give you the motivation you need.

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1. “Growing up I wasn’t the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit. Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on a court just with a ball and a racket and with a hope.”

2. “I decided I can’t pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it.”


3. “The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”

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4. “I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.”

5. “We all know who the real number one is. Quite frankly, I’m the best in the world.”


6. “I think you have to love yourself before you fall in love. I’m still learning to love myself.”

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7. “You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not, and that’s not right.”

8. “I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die.”


9. “Everything comes at a cost. Just what are you willing to pay for it?”

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10. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.”

11. “Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good.”


12. “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.”


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