"Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics."
"Did you hear that? I didn't hear anything. Put that question another way." Source: Sports Illustrated (August 23, 1982)
"I like my players to be married and in debt. That's the way you motivate them." Source: New York Times (April 11, 1976)
"It's a great day for a ball game; let's play two!"
“I was thinking (when he hit his 500th home run) about my mother and dad, about all the people in the Chicago Cubs organization that helped me and about the wonderful Chicago fans who have come out all these years to cheer me on. They’ve been a great inspiration to me.”
"The Cubs are due in sixty-two."
"The Cubs are gonna shine in sixty-nine."
"The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose."
"The riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money." Source: The Sporting News (May 12, 1970)
"You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace."