Modesty should be typical of the success of a champion.

- Major Taylor

An athlete must have ability to reach the top, but many who have ability and who do not live clean lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons.

- Major Taylor

These rules may seem simple enough, but it will require great morale and physical courage to adhere to them. But if carried out in the strict sense of the word it will surely lead to a greater success than could otherwise be attained.

- Major Taylor

Clean living is the cardinal principle in the lives of the world's greatest athletes, as the phenomenal performances of these outstanding characters will obviously show.

- Major Taylor

I can hardly express in words my deep feeling and sympathy for them, knowing as I do, the many serious handicaps and obstacles that will confront them in almost every walk of life.

- Major Taylor

I might go on discussing this subject at great length, but after all is said, done, and written, my own book of experiences will best show what these obstacles are, and how I managed to overcome them to some extent.

- Major Taylor

There will always be that dreadful monster prejudice to do extra battle against because of their color.

- Major Taylor

Realizing full well that fine condition and confidence will not in themselves make a champion, it is my belief, however, that they are essential factors.

- Major Taylor

I would advise all youths aspiring to athletic fame or a professional career to practice clean living, fair play and good sportsmanship.

- Major Taylor

To these ideals which were instilled in me when I was a youth, I attribute in a large degree the success that was mine on the bicycle tracks of the world.

- Major Taylor