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Both my parents were amateur badminton players. My father is a scientist and wanted me to be a doctor. But my mom was very aggressive and loved badminton. She pushed me right from the age of nine to take up the sport.
My main objective is to prepare candidates for professional baseball; however, the majority of our graduates will go home as much better qualified amateurs.
Amateurs hope, professionals work.
More than any other major sport, professional or amateur, college football games are decided by the physical incompetence and downright chokery of their players.
My true love is with amateur wrestlin;, that's where I was born. I've always wanted to wrestle.
For far too long the House of Commons has been run as little more than a private club by and for gentleman amateurs.
My father was a stone mason, and a talented amateur pianist and vocalist.
John E. Walker
At this period the enthusiasm of the amateur was fast giving way to a more steady commercial instinct, and I let no opportunity slip of improving my position, but I felt that I was still labouring under the disadvantage of not having acquired some technical profession.
Thanks to a hacker known as Guccifer who wormed into the computer of the 43rd president's sister, the world has learned that George W. Bush is an amateur - I would say serious amateur - painter.
I'm an amateur photographer, apart from being a professional one, and I think maybe my amateur pictures are the better ones.
I remember leaving the hospital - thinking, 'Wait, are they going to let me just walk off with him? I don't know beans about babies! I don't have a license to do this.' We're just amateurs.
Sport must be amateur or it is not sport. Sports played professionally are entertainment.
I do like books on anatomy. I have to say I'm an amateur physician, I guess.
I used to be an amateur inventor when I was a kid; I'm always inventing something.
I was a fairly good amateur musician, and I was an average professional. But the one thing I saw was that the big band business was fading.
I was a good amateur but only an average professional. I soon realized that there was a limit to how far I could rise in the music business, so I left the band and enrolled at New York University.
I am not really certain how original my contribution to music is as I am obviously an amateur.
I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.
If I wasn't a professional scientist, I'd be an amateur scientist. But plan B was to go into computers.
I was a fairly good amateur musician, and I was an average professional. But the one thing I saw was that the big band business was fading. So I made an economic decision, and it turned out the best judgment I ever made in my life.
My dad had been an ardent amateur photographer, and he taught me to compose a photograph from the back to the front, and then populate the picture.
Look, I debate for a living so I don't need to learn any lessons from amateurs.
I'm a writer. An amateur photographer. An actor.
Before the start of the '76 Olympics, I'd had 160 amateur fights. I won 155 and lost five.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Fantasy sports went a long way toward developing the sabermetrics formulas used not only by oddsmakers but general managers in hiring players. So the amateur fantasists ended up creating some of the algorithms that Oakland GM Billy Bean's statisticians used to win games with less salary money available for star players.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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