Mike Tyson quotes page 3
I've been a prima-donna. I was taken care of since I was 13. That's why I am the way I
today. I was spoiled, like a brat. I had anything I wanted. That's crazy to be that way all
your life. Everybody's taking care of you, but manipulating you at the same time. Very few
people have a life like that. Most people have to work like slaves their whole lives. I've never
had a job in my life. What I know how to do is hurt big, tough men - in the street and off.
You're smart too late and old too soon.
I wish that you guys had children so I could kick them in the fucking head or stomp on their
testicles so you could feel my pain because that's the pain I have waking up every day.
Mike Tyson, on the media
I like my tattoo a lot. I wouldn't want to take it off. I am who I am.
I think the average person thinks I'm a nut and I deserve whatever happens to me. That's
what I believe.
I just have this thing inside me that wants to eat and conquer. Maybe it's egotistical, but I
have it in me. I don't want to be a tycoon. I just want to conquer people and their souls.
Every shot was thrown with bad intentions.
We live in a society where we basically live and strive on what people think about us. We're
more visual people so what we see is basically what we believe which is not necessarily true.
Like you said – we all do dumb shit when we're fucked up.
Mike Tyson, The Hangover
I am a better parent than my mother and my father and that's a victory in itself.
I'm not going to tell you I am a good father. I have to contribute to the world. I have to
teach (my children) how to contribute to the world. That's our whole existence – to
contribute to the world and make it a better place in some way. In my life I contributed to
make it a bad place.
I got a imam, I got a rabbi, I got a priest, I got a reverend - I got 'em all. But I don't want to
be holier-than-thou. I want to help everybody and still get some (sex).
My kids don't have to fight. But if they did, I wouldn't want them to fight anybody like me.
Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn't have a cent.
I think the reality of prison is you don't get anything unless you want it in there. Whatever
happens to you in prison, this is what you asked for. Nothing happens to you if you don't give
My career has been over since 1990.
I don't try to intimidate anybody before a fight. That's nonsense. I intimidate people by
I'm sorry I let everybody down, I'm fighting just to pay my bills. I don't have the stomach for
this anymore... I don't have the desire for it. I feel bad for the people... I wish they could get
their money back.
Mike Tyson, after his loss to Kevin McBride
I could have knocked him out in the third round but I wanted to do it slowly, so he would
remember this night for a long time.
I think I'm a pig. I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, "This is a
pig. You are a fucking piece of shit."
I probably have a 20,000-word vocabulary. I'll match my wits with anyone on literature,
science and the arts.
It's good to know how to read, but it's dangerous to know how to read and not how to
interpret what you're reading.