The top of one mountain is always the bottom of another.
The first few years I was competing, I'd ride so well in practice, then choke and fall in competition. Now I take a deep breath and say, 'Look at me. I'm outside. I'm doing what I love'. Still, nothing's matched the pressure I felt standing at the top of the halfpipe for the first time at the Olympics.
Actually, when I fought in PRIDE, we had the best fighters in the world. Back then, the UFC had a very serious and big crisis; they were going through some tough times trying to get top fighters. All the best fighters were in PRIDE.
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
There is always room at the top.
The top athletes are consummate pros who work obsessively at their craft. Approach yours the same way.
One of the things I most admire about America is they have created a genuine melting pot society, a country of opportunity; you can be of any religion, colour, ethnicity, persuasion and make it to the top of your chosen field. And that's something I admire about America and hope they continue with.
When playing big festivals, I tend to play big, over the top techno tracks, like hands in the air songs that make sense being played in front of 30,000 people. I steer away from subtlety in the interests of big bombastic dance music.
My optimism holds that the good guys eventually come out on top.
Top — quotes and aphorisms
I really enjoyed staying at an encampment at the top of a hill in the Samburu Reserve in Kenya. You reach it on a small plane; there is no electricity, no city noises and you sleep and shower under the Milky Way, with moths fluttering around a kerosene lamp, knowing that there are elephants and lions roaming free in the valley.
That strategy of racing for the top five and racing for the win is where everybody wants to be.
I'm always thirsty when I wake up, so I guzzle a bottle of Smart water before I scramble tofu with onions, peppers and spinach and top it with salsa. I've been a vegetarian for years, but I recently became vegan.
Unfortunately, it is human nature for us to only learn and grow from a place of emptiness. It's hard to learn when we are winning and on top of the world.
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what's already there.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
I love music, and a lot of it. Jazz is probably on the top with guys like Miles Davis. But I even enjoy music from the '60s and '70s.
At Thanksgiving, I always start at the top of my list and say I'm grateful for friends, family, and good health. Then I get more superficial... like being thankful for my Louboutins.
No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary — not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn't want to be prime minister; you have to give yourself 100 percent.