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It’s true that geniuses and champions are never satisfied with what they have achieved.
They are always thinking of the next level, the next summit, the next goal.
They dare not rest on their laurels.
There’s always the next mountain to climb, the next peak to scale.
And so it is with Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.
14,000 Test runs in test cricket, over 30,000 international runs and 49 Test centuries to his credit.
Yet, the gentleman talks about yearning to reach the next level.
"I’m really focusing now on how I can get to the next level as a batsman. How can I get even more competitive? How can I get even more consistent? How can I get better?"
What else does Tendukar have to say in his interview to The Guardian?
On dreaming, Tendulkar has this to say:
"Life would be flat without dreams. I think it’s really important to dream — and then to chase those dreams.”
2010 has been Tendulkar’s best year in recent times, reminding us of the young Sachin, unburdened by the cares of the team and varied niggling injuries.
Tendulkar is also back at the top of the ICC rankings, the first time since 2002.
It is said that all’s well with the world when Tendulkar is in full flow and so it is for cricket fans.
The full interview will be published this Saturday.
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Some quotes on the characteristics of a gentleman:
“A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.” – Oscar Wilde
— I , definitely, fail this definition! Ha! Does this imply that a gent remains a gent , if he’s intentionally rude?
“A gentleman is a man who can disagree without being disagreeable.” – Source Unknown
– Gottta have a gent to converse with! Pearls before swine!
“Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.” – Luigi Pirandello
— I guess, this means a gentleman is not human! Not human does not imply inhuman!
A gentleman has his eyes on all those present; he is tender toward the bashful, gentle toward the distant, and merciful toward the absent.
Lawrence G. Lovasik
A gentleman is any man who wouldn’t hit a woman with his hat on.
A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
George Bernard Shaw
A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.
—-Now, isn’t this sexist?
The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
William Lyon Phelps
The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman.
Sydney Biddle Barrows
The only infallible rule we know is, that the man who is always talking about being a gentleman never is one.
Robert Smith Surtees
With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.
Otto von Bismarck
Your thoughts? I make no claim to being one! Just seems like too much hard work! Unwise, as well!
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