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Imran Khan quotes

I am basically a private person.

Cricket is a pressure game, and when it comes to an India-Pakistan match the pressure is doubled.

A country that relies on aid? Death is better than that. It stops you from achieving your potential, just as colonialism did.

If your house is burning, wouldn't you try and put out the fire?

I am called an Islamic fundamentalist by Rushdie. My critics in Pakistan say I am a Zionist agent. I must be doing something right.

Spirituality does two things for you. One, you are forced to become more selfless, two, you trust to providence. The opposite of a spiritual man is a materialist. If I was a materialist I would be making lots of money doing endorsements, doing cricket commentary. I have no interest in that.

I believed in myself. I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.

In Pakistan politics is hereditary.

Win or lose today I am proud of the way my boys have played in the tournament.

The war on terror is the most insane and immoral war of all time. The Americans are doing what they did in Vietnam, bombing villages. But how can a civilised nation do this? How can you can eliminate suspects, their wives, their children, their families, their neighbours? How can you justify this?

During my 21 years of playing cricket, I have never been approached by anyone or offered a bribe.

One is actually the democracy here, you know, people are, people assume that this election means that there is democracy in Pakistan. There is no democracy.

I want to have a president in the U.S. who tries to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.

It's more important to try to do something for the crores of poor people of my country.

Colonialism deprives you of your self-esteem and to get it back you have to fight to redress the balance.

I did not lose this election, or had a bad result compared with what we might have got because of Islam.

But having set myself these goals, I had to work really hard to achieve them.

But I don't need to use politics as a way of making money.

What I perceive, is above all justice, where everyone has the same law.

At the moment we have a ruling class that has one law and the people the other.