33 Inspirational Shaquille O’Neal Quotes

Which are your favorite Shaquille O’Neal quotes?

Shaquille O’Neal is a retired American basketball player, entrepreneur, and television host. O’Neal is considered one of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history. He played for six teams over his 19-year career.

In the early nineties, Shaq was quickly becoming a huge star appearing in films such as ‘Blue Chips’ and ‘Kazaam’.

His first rap album, ‘Shaq Diesel’ was released in 1993 and went on to become certified platinum. He continues to DJ and produces music under the name ‘DIESEL’. 

Here’s a collection of the most inspirational Shaquille O’Neal quotes:


33 Inspirational Shaquille O’Neal Quotes

1. “We live in an impatient world. Everybody is always looking for the next big Kobe, the next big LeBron, the next big Twitter.” – Shaquille O’Neal

2. “Nobody’s going to tell me how to be different, so stop asking me. Stop asking me what two-plus-two is. Everybody knows two-plus-two is five.” – Shaquille O’Neal

3. “I’m very educated and can give you somewhat of a vocabulary, but I don’t get to the philosophical side.” – Shaquille O’Neal

4. “I put a lot into it, and when I am done playing, I plan on going undercover and then being the sheriff or chief of police somewhere, either Miami or Orlando, I don’t know yet.” – Shaquille O’Neal

5. “Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family.” – Shaquille O’Neal

6. “Being here feels like I’m out of prison. This is the right place, the right time, the right team.” – Shaquille O’Neal

7. “We want to win. We want to win big. We want to win the whole thing.” – Shaquille O’Neal

8. “One lucky shot deserves another.” – Shaquille O’Neal

9. “I’ve always been a leader. Every team I’ve played on, I’ve led my way.” – Shaquille O’Neal


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10. “I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing.”  – Shaquille O’Neal


11. “For all my friends in the media who like quotes, mark this quote down. From this day on I’d like to be known as ‘The Big Aristotle’ because Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is not a singular act; it’s a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” – Shaquille O’Neal

12. “But that is the only thing that slows me down is the system. No one, two or three was big enough to slow me down, only the system. It was the system that slowed me down to make my numbers fall. Not because I am older.”  – Shaquille O’Neal

13. “We’re just going to come out and play. We know that we’re supposed to win all the games, but if we don’t, we just have to take the next game and focus on what we did wrong in the game before and just try to do better at the next game.”  – Shaquille O’Neal

14. “Our offense is like the Pythagorean theorem: There is no answer!” – Shaquille O’Neal

15. “If you got the game, you got the game. That’s why Tiger Woods is out there playing golf with Greg Norman.” – Shaquille O’Neal

16. “I started out as a young Ninja and killed all of the Shoguns. I am a Shogun now and I’m holding my spot. There probably won’t be another Shogun after this.” – Shaquille O’Neal

17. “I don’t believe that I personally have been changed by the money. The bad thing is people assume you’ve changed because now you have money.” – Shaquille O’Neal

18. “But, hey I did everything the right way and earned my spot in this game, nothing was given to me.” Shaquille O’Neal – Shaquille O’Neal

19. “And I want to do it the right way, like everybody else, not just a famous figurehead that gets a job because he is a famous basketball player. I want to really learn the business.”  – Shaquille O’Neal


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20. “When you’re righteous, you don’t have to tell people that you’re righteous.” – Shaquille O’Neal


21. “Someday I might have to put down a basketball and have a regular 9-to-5 like everybody else.” – Shaquille O’Neal

22. “I want to be strong, dominant. Like Wilt Chamberlain.”  – Shaquille O’Neal

23. “I want to be known as ‘The Big Shakespeare.’ It was Shakespeare that said, Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them.”  – Shaquille O’Neal

24. “I guess people think the taller you are the more dominant you have to be.” – Shaquille O’Neal

25. “Can I go one day without somebody saying something negative about me?” – Shaquille O’Neal

26. “This is a tough game. There are times when you’ve got to play hurt when you’ve got to block out the pain.” – Shaquille O’Neal

27. “I want to be strong, dominant. Like Wilt Chamberlain.”  – Shaquille O’Neal

28. “That is why one day I said my game will be like the Pythagorean Theorem – hard to figure out. A lot of people really don’t know the Pythagorean Theory. They don’t make them like me anymore. They don’t want to make them like that anymore.” – Shaquille O’Neal

29. “My father made me who I am. He gave me a basketball and told me to play with the ball, sleep with the ball, dream with the ball. Just don’t take it to school. I used it as a pillow, and it never gave me a stiff neck.”  – Shaquille O’Neal


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30. “I’m a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way.”  – Shaquille O’Neal


31. “I never worry about the problem. I worry about the solution.” – Shaquille O’Neal

32. “Challenge me. Treat me like a game of checkers and play me. That’s all I’m asking, just play me. Treat me like Sega and play me.” – Shaquille O’Neal

33. “Art is a process of delivering or arranging elements that appeal to the emotions of a person looking at it. It’s what you feel.” – Shaquille O’Neal



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