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by Andre Agassi

We talk for days about thinking versus feeling. She [Steffi] says it's one thing not to think, but you can't then decide to feel. You can't try to feel. You have to let yourself feel.

The mind of everlasting gods are not changed suddenly.

But then one singularly brave woman makes him see that pain is the price of being human, and well worth it. Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

But I don't feel that Wimbledon has changed me. I feel, in fact, as if I've been let in on a little dirty secret: winning changes nothing. Now that I've won a slam, I know something that very few people on earth are permitted to know. A win doesn't feel as good as a loos feels bad, and the good feeling doesn't last as long as the bad. Not even close.

Mandela said something in an interview: No matter where you are in life, there is always more journey ahead.

[Another Andre's favorite Mandela's quote:] I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

Dreams, I tell Gill, in one of our quiet moments, are so damned tiring.
He laughs.
I can't promise you that you won't be tired, he says. But please know this. There's a lot of good waiting for you on the other side of tired. Get yourself tired, Andre. That's where you're going to know yourself. On the other side of tired.