54+ Best Satchel Paige Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige was an American Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball pitcher who is notable for his longevity in the game, and for attracting record crowds wherever he pitched. Profoundly inspirational Satchel Paige quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Satchel Paige Quotes

Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter. – Satchel Paige

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. – Satchel Paige

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? – Satchel Paige

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. – Satchel Paige

Nobody likes the ball low and away, but that’s where you’re going to get it from me. I been pitching it there 50 years, away from them. That way they can’t hurt you. You keep the ball in the park. – Satchel Paige

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a a hundred times, I’m forty-four years old. – Satchel Paige

My feet ain’t got nothing to do with my nickname, but when folks get it in their heads that a feller’s got big feet, soon the feet start looking big. – Satchel Paige

I used to feel so bad before I got to the clubhouse, I didn’t know what to do. But when I put that ballsuit on, I don’t know where I got the spark to save my life. – Satchel Paige

Avoid running at all times. – Satchel Paige

When a batter swings and I see his knees move, I can tell just what his weaknesses are then I just put the ball where I know he can’t hit it. – Satchel Paige

My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball way from the bat. – Satchel Paige

Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money. – Satchel Paige

There never was a man on earth who pitched as much as me. But the more I pitched, the stronger my arm would get. – Satchel Paige

Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move. – Satchel Paige

I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench. – Satchel Paige

Throw high risers at the chin; throw peas at the knees; throw it here when they’re lookin’ there; throw it there when they’re lookin’ here. – Satchel Paige

I ain’t ever had a job, I just always played baseball. – Satchel Paige

If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts. – Satchel Paige

I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation. – Satchel Paige

You gotta keep the ball off the fat part of the bat. – Satchel Paige

One time I snuck a ball on with me and when I went to winding up, I threw one of them balls to first and one to second. I was so smooth I picked off both runners and fanned the batter without that ump or the other team even knowing it. – Satchel Paige

When they treat you bad, you just got to take care of your pride, no matter what. – Satchel Paige

Work such as you will not have to have the money. Adore like you’ve got by no means been damage. Dance like nobody’s seeing. – Satchel Paige

I may not be the bestest pitcher in the world, but I sure out-cutes ’em. – Satchel Paige

Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely to hurt you. – Satchel Paige

Don’t go to college, unless to get knowledge. – Satchel Paige

They said I was the greatest pitcher they ever sawI couldnt understand why they couldnt give me no justice. – Satchel Paige

The only change is that baseball has turned Paige from a second class citizen to a second class immortal. – Satchel Paige

The Crawfords played everywhere, in every ballpark. And we won, won like we invented the game. – Satchel Paige

It’s funny what a few no-hitters do for a body. – Satchel Paige

Go light on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social life ain’t restful. Avoid running at all times. Don’t look back. Something may be gaining on you. – Satchel Paige

I ain’t as fast as I used to be, but I’m a better pitcher. I used to overpower them; now I out-cute them. – Satchel Paige

Don’t eat fried food, it angries up the blood. – Satchel Paige

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. – Satchel Paige

Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you. – Satchel Paige

Never be unfaithful to a lover, except with your wife. – Satchel Paige

Smile well and often, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to. – Satchel Paige

If you want to live a long time, don’t fool with nothing old but money, nothing big but a bank roll, nothing black but a Cadillac, nothing over twenty-two years, nothing that weighs over 130. If you do, you’re in trouble. ‘Cause when you’re getting old and your cells gettin’ low, you’ll need a Delco battery to boost ya. – Satchel Paige

One time he (Cool Papa Bell) hit a line drive right past my ear. I turned around and saw the ball hit his ass sliding into second. – Satchel Paige

What’s scary in life is not what people know (or don’t know), but what they know that ain’t so. – Satchel Paige

Sometimes I sit and think and other times I just sit. – Satchel Paige

You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them. – Satchel Paige

Baseball is the most perfect of games, solid, true, pure and precious as diamonds. If only life were so simple. Within the baselines anything can happen. Tides can reverse; oceans can open. That’s why they say, we don’t stop playing because we get old. We get old because we stop playing. – Satchel Paige

Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Satchel Paige

Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. – Satchel Paige

If you tell a lie, always rehearse it. If it don’t sound good to you, it won’t sound good to anybody. – Satchel Paige

I don’t know how old I am because a goat ate the Bible that had my birth certificate in it. The goat lived to be twenty-seven. – Satchel Paige

Money and women. They’re two of the strongest things in the world. The things you do for a woman you wouldn’t do for anything else. Same with money. – Satchel Paige

Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move. – Satchel Paige

Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly one’s own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man. – Satchel Paige

They want me to be old so I give ‘em what they want. Seems they get a bigger kick out of an old man throwing strikeouts. – Satchel Paige

I got a curve so sneaky it might be your daddy. – Satchel Paige

I use my single windup, my double windup, my triple windup, my hesitation windup, my no windup. I also use my step-n-pitch-it, my submariner, my sidearmer and my bat dodger. Man’s got to do what he’s got to do. – Satchel Paige

With women you don’t have to talk your head off. You just say a word and let them fill in from there. – Satchel Paige

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you get rained out. – Satchel Paige

I never rush myself. See, they can’t start the game without me. – Satchel Paige

Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move. – Satchel Paige

If a man can beat you, walk him. – Satchel Paige

I was born in August, no July, 1908. – Satchel Paige

I sure get laughs when I see in the papers where some major league pitcher says he gets a sore arm because he’s overworked, and he pitches every four days. Man, that’d be a vacation for me. – Satchel Paige

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. – Satchel Paige

Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common. – Satchel Paige

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